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English Literature is strange in terms of what counts as its Internal Assessment. IB subjects typically have their IAs in the form of a written assignment. English Literature also has a written assignment which is done in class, but it is externally assessed. Regardless of this peculiarity, it can be very difficult to write a good written assignment without the right advice.
For your written assignment, you will have to do two separate parts: a reflective piece and an essay. The reflective piece is only three points, but they are considered easy points you should try to get – after all, they can help you get a grade higher. It is only 400 words, so you will have to be brief, but make sure you dedicate some time making the best piece you can.
You will have to write a 1200-1500 word essay on a literary work you have studied in class. Therefore, make sure you write about a piece you understand and know well. Afterwards, you will have to draft your thesis, which is the foundation of your essay, so make sure you give some thought to it. A common mistake is to just refer to your thesis in the introduction, but this makes essays weak. Do not forget to connect back to your thesis throughout the whole assignment
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When citing from your source, make sure you frame your quote within the text – i.e. cut down the quote to the essential words and phrases you want to use and connect it within your sentence. Avoid sticking large quotes, as they add up words to your word count and make your essay structure look weaker. Additionally, remember that it is about the quality of your evidence and arguments, not the quantity. It is better to have fewer quotes and an in-depth analysis than having a lot of quotes with little or no analysis.
Finally, when you reach your conclusion, make sure you do not introduce any new ideas in that section. Your conclusion should only sum up all your previous arguments and reach a final statement regarding your thesis. Your ideas should only go in your body paragraphs.
As a final comment, make sure you do not go over the word limit for either written pieces. If you go over 400 words in the reflective piece, you will be deducted 1 mark, and if you go over 1500 words in the essay, you will be deducted 2 marks.
If you need any more help, check out the links below for more details on the written assignment.
IB Language A: Literature Subject Brief:
IB Language A: Literature Assessment Criteria: