Unit 7 - Higher Level Essay - ex 7.1+7.2

Higher Level Essay
Unit 7
Page 301-302
Exercise 7.1+7.2
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Higher Level Essay
Unit 7
Page 301-302
Exercise 7.1+7.2

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Central question
What is a Higher Level (HL) essay and what is a good line of inquiry?

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Coming period
Over the course of the next few weeks you are going to write an essay for a mark which counts twice AND allows you to make your UoE mark sufficient.
The topic of the essay is yours to choose but must connect to The Kite Runner or texts studied in class. 
This essay must be saved carefully because you might want to send this essay to IB to be graded for your IB exam.

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Read the introduction on page 301

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What is an HL Essay? [1/2]
The Higher Level Essay is a 1200-1500 word essay completed internally but externally assessed by an examiner. It is a processed piece of writing that is completed over time and with guidance from the teacher. It is the only opportunity for Higher Level students to write an essay not under exam conditions, and as the title suggests, this is for HL students only.

Students may write about a non-literary text or texts studied as part of their course. Alternatively, students may write about a literary work studied as part of their course. Students may select any texts or works already studied as part of the course, but texts and works used for the internal assessment (individual oral) are not acceptable choices. The IB is clear here. That’s not allowed. Also, students may not use texts intended for Paper 2.

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What is an HL Essay? [2/2]
Where students decide to focus on non-literary texts, and consult a number of texts, it is important that these texts are of the same text type, and that the texts are the work of one writer or producer. Also, at least one of the texts must have been studied in class as part of the course. Students may base their essay on texts or works in translation. These should be professional translations. Texts and works in other languages that have not been translated are inappropriate. 

You may choose to use the course concepts to help students narrow down their topic, title, line of inquiry, and thesis. However, the HLE must be the student’s own work and thinking. They cannot be prescribed topics or titles.  

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HL Essay in short
  • The HLE is a 1200-1500 word formal, academic essay.
  • The HLE is a processed essay and will take time to develop.
  • The HLE is based on work(s) or text(s) studied in the course.
  • Students select their own topic, title, line of inquiry and thesis although you are there to guide and support them.
  • Students cannot base their essay on any work or text that was used for the Individual Oral or that will be used for Paper 2.
  • It is not a requirement to use or consult secondary sources.

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What can I write about in my HLE?
  • The kite runner
  • Poetry by Wilfred Owen 
  • If this is a man 
  • The importance of being Earnest 
  • Any of the topics studied in class: Propaganda posters, speeches, playscripts, feminism, masculinity, war, news articles

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What can I write about in my HLE?
  • The kite runner
  • Any of the topics studied in class: images and magazine covers, Advertisements, Film and commericials, Political cartoons, street art, news articles, blogs, short stories and novels

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Line of inquiry
A line of inquiry is a question which your essay revolves around. 

You can read five good lines of inquiry on page 301 ex 7.1
Write down what makes these lines of inquiry good. 

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7.1 What are some of the characteristics of a good line of inquiry?

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A good line of inquiry should:

  • Preferably revolve around any of the seven concepts: Identity, culture, creativity, communication, transformation, perspective, representation.
  • Study language use
  • Study literary techniques or relevant stylistic devices
  • Consider audience
  • Consider purpose
  • Be based on work studied in class (primary source), although not limited to the texts studied in class. Other texts and producers are allowed and even encouraged.

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7.2 Pick one line of enquiry and improve it using the list in the previous slide. Write it down below:

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Tip on page 302
Read the tip. This is important to bear in mind especially when you are interested in writing about films.

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You now know
That the HL essay is a 1200-1500 word essay based on a line of inquiry related to the course content. 
You are free to choose your topic, as long as it is related to the course and is sufficient for a full essay. 

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After the holiday
You are going to consider topics for your own essay. 
You might already think back on what interested you in English class in the past year. 
You can use your class notes to do so. 

Read The Kite Runner until page 199

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