How to Nail the IB Literature Criteria

We have all at some point felt as if we don’t know what the purpose of an assessment is or how to effectively tackle it. The key to this is understanding the marking criteria. As IB students there is so much emphasis placed on the criteria, but what are the criteria? How do you interpret the criteria? What do you do when the criteria do not make sense or feel too vague? Keep reading below to see how you can make sense of the IB Literature criteria.

Understand All of Your Assessments, their Weightage and Due Dates

For your convenience, I have created a table that outlines the key assessments that you as a Literature student must focus on. Your due dates will of course vary depending on whether you are sitting the November or May exams.

The Key to Acing any Subject in IB is Understanding the Criteria

Whilst the idea of having some external marker sitting in a completely different part of the world, reading your assessment can be scary, find comfort in the fact that all the markers have to grade you off of is the criteria! Therefore, if you tick off every aspect of the criteria within your assessment piece – whether that is an oral (your internal assessment), Paper 1 or Paper 2 of your final exams or the HL written coursework component – no one can stop you from receiving the 7 on your final Diploma results that you deserve!

The criteria are provided to markers, students, and teachers by the IB to ensure there is consistency and that each assessment’s expectations are outlined clearly. I have broken them down into acing three key parts of the Literature subject.

To achieve the desired 7 in Literature, you must master the following assessment objectives:

1. The ability to know, understand, and interpret:

· a range of texts, works and/or performances, and their meanings and implications

· contexts in which texts are written and/or received

· elements of literary, stylistic, rhetorical, visual and/or performance craft z features of text types and literary forms

2. Analyse and evaluate:

· ways in which the use of language creates meaning

· uses and effects of literary, stylistic, rhetorical, visual, or theatrical techniques

· relationships among different texts

· ways in which texts may offer perspectives on human concerns.

3. Communicate:

· ideas in clear, logical, and persuasive ways

· in a range of styles, registers and for a variety of purposes and situations

· (for literature and performance only) ideas, emotion, character and atmosphere through performance

Don’t worry if these seem like intimidating assessment objectives to achieve by yourself. Concept IB tutors are here to help – just send us a message via our website!

We are all rooting for you here at Concept!


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