Texts – both literary or non-literary – are seeped in meaning and convey important ideas, perspectives, and experiences. Developing the ability to analyse and interpret these texts allows students to engage more deeply with the world around them and understand different viewpoints.
In the DP language and literature course, paper 1 encourages students to analyse and interpret complex unseen texts. To help your students develop the necessary skills for attempting paper 1, we’ve curated and marked a sample student response for paper 1 along with sample texts – an opinion piece and a cartoon. The purpose of the exemplar is threefold:
- To demonstrate the importance of annotating the text extracts for interpretation and analysis
- To practice writing essays in response to exam-style guiding questions provided for each extract
- To understand how paper 1 is marked for each assessment criterion
Ideas for using the resource:
- Share the sample text extracts with your students. Ask them to annotate it and come up with a thesis statement and supporting points. Share the annotated version of the texts and discuss the thesis statements with them.
- Practice makes perfect! Use the unseen texts as a summative assessment to get your students to practice attempting paper 1 style guiding questions
- Give students the rubric for paper 1 and have them mark the unannotated essays. Ask them to support their marking with excerpts from the essays. Discuss the marks given to the essay and share the marking notes for them to reflect on.