Compare and contrast the effectiveness of the use of irony in two or more texts you have studied. There are two ways that this can be achieved: Morphing existing ideas in your own texts to fit the prompt. Nostalgia and imprisonment seem like unlikely brothers at first, but with a bit of justification they look almost like identical twins. Redefining the prompt reasonably. The key of the prompt can often be vague.
The IB Gods are inviting you to constrain the topic in a way that works for your texts specifically. You should do the same. In reality, you have to morph both your texts and the prompt in order to reach a snug fit between the two. Getting to this point, which all happens during the planning stage, is the most difficult part of the Paper 2 process because it requires you to know your texts so well that you can apply the ideas in your texts to different situations.
How many texts to compare and contrast? Before we continue with this guide, we need to address the age-old question of how many texts should we compare and contrast in an IB English Paper 2 comparative essay? If you want a score of 5 or below, you can simply think of two points to answer the prompt for Text 1 and two other points to answer the prompt for Text 2.
Then, slap them together into different paragraphs, regurgitate some shallow comparison and contrast, and call it a comparative essay. The points that you choose for your two texts are very important, in terms of how the points relate to each other and to the prompt.
The points need to have enough overlaps that similarities can be analysed, but not too much similarity because you also want to contrast differences. A graphical illustration of how IB English Paper 2 texts should relate to each other. What ends up happening is you enter an algorithm — a set of steps, sort of like a recipe — where you repeatedly attempt to find good points for the prompt, gradually morphing them while re-defining the prompt itself, until you reach a good plan for your Paper 2 essay.
What does a good plan generally look like? The answer is brainstorming. Brainstorming for IB English Paper 2 Brainstorming is how we get from a blank page to a strong set of points that answer a Paper 2 prompt.
The brainstorming framework for IB English Paper 2. There are so many variables to consider, and things get complicated very quickly. For example, if you need to discuss the conditions in the rise to power of two leaders, you can briefly say that the methods were perhaps even more important in their rise to power.
This should not, however, be a major point in your essay! If you can use actual figures or specific primary sources in your essay, that's great.
Memorising them in large quantities and for everything, however, is probably not worth the time. Dates are not very important; it is important to know the broad chronology of events, but not the exact dates! So you should learn years for most things, and months for some more short-term issues eg. You can place events in context by, for example, discussing the events in the long-term for example, when discussing the Russian revolution, you can say that WWI was particularly problematic for tsarism since the Romanov dynasty had linked itself greatly to military success or discussing events in other places at the same time once again, when discussing the Russian revolution you can say that it may not be surprising that the tsar was overthrown as WWI tended to illegitimise rulers all over Europe and even regimes where the social situation was much more stable pre collapsed as a result of the war.
Also see the section below for historiography! Effectively using historiography When making notes, include a couple of historians for every subtopic, especially those which are more likely to come up in exams for example, for the Russian option, Alexander II and the revolutions. Make little lists such as: October revolution Traditional Soviet view -- as you'd expect. Was a popular rising, as Bolsheviks won over support in , following pre-determined historical laws.
Pipes, etc. Note that the SRs gained twice as many seats of them in CA! Emphasises the Bolshevik party's response to popular opinion to gain power, eg. October, then, was a popular revolution which was taken over and turned into a dictatorship.
It's pretty easy to find summaries of historians' views on the internet or on this forum, so use them to your advantage. Saying that, there's no substitute for actually reading proper history books at least for the topics you are focusing on.
It helps you gain an understanding of the nuances of the events in question and also a deeper grasp of historiography which should show in your essays. This is especially true if you're aiming for the higher mark bands although it is perfectly possible to get a 7 without wider reading. Shorter works eg. Pipes' Three Whys of the Russian Revolution give you a lot of benefit for a small investment in time.
This also helps you see the kind of style you should aim for in essays. Although style isn't something you should be particularly concerned about, assessment in history will always be in some ways subjective; it might help you score a few extra points! Integrate the historians well in your essays and critically examine their views. This article is going to contain a couple of helpful IB English Paper 2 Tips that you can start applying in your past paper studies. Furthermore, yes. This advice is for both HL and SL.
Simple as that. Furthermore, take down as many notes and mental notes of the content as you can. When was did the author write it? This is important because it can give you ideas about the cultural context of the story, which therefore makes for a better analyzed exam paper. Your only worry might even end up being writing too much. Think of the cultural references as a further analysis into the time period.
You can use these to your advantage and make links between the contents of the story and the time period it is set in or was written in. So those are just a few things you can focus on. SL, lucky for you guys you can afford to mention all 4 of those in a more general sense but HL?
.I am, for example, terrible at memorising practices of war since I have no interest whatsoever in military strategy or weapons Memorising them in large quantities and for everything, however, is probably not worth the time. Start mentally planning the first one if you have any time left over. The points that you choose for your two texts are very important, in terms of how the points relate to each other and to the prompt. Also, keep a very close eye on the marking criteria when finishing work; you should aim to achieve the highest one in every aspect. Brainstorming for IB English Paper 2 Brainstorming is how we get from a blank page to a strong set of points that answer a Paper 2 prompt. There are two ways that this can be achieved: Morphing existing ideas in your own texts to fit the prompt. Topics included in this guide What is Paper 2? They act as support for your analysis.
Your quotes and specific references are your source of life in this exam and you need them. He has experience as an examiner and has been teaching revision to students from around the globe since How many texts to compare and contrast? The IB Gods are inviting you to constrain the topic in a way that works for your texts specifically. Does the prompt and Text 1 overlap enough with Text 2?