IO Final Reflection Work

Who was more generous, you or me?


I was, but only by literally 1 point.


Why might any differences between grades have occurred?


I initially thought that my quotes were very good, but I failed to realize that some of my quotes were a little too long.


What surprised you about your grade?


At first, I didn’t understand why my “Focus and Organization” criteria wasn’t higher. But after reading through the bullet points that I had made and listening to the recording, I noticed at some parts of my analysis, the level of depth that I went into could be deeper.


What change do you think will have the biggest impact on your grade?


I feel that one huge aspect that could improve my grade is if I slowed down. I noticed that I was speaking extremely quickly especially nearing the end. If I just corrected this one aspect, my language grade would be able to be higher.


How will you ensure this change is actioned?


The first thing that I would need to work on is how long my actual presentation is. I felt that as I had a lot of information, I was struggling to complete everything at the end. Furthermore, a huge contributing factor was how nervous I was. I remember stressing about it for two days, and on the day of the IO I couldn’t even focus on the other tests that I had on that day.

I Feel I Have Achieved a 6!


Criterion A: (8)

Throughout my IO I made sure that every point that I made had a direct correlation with the global issue. I also explained in detail how certain points and development led to the overarching meaning of the global issues and the implications that came with it.

For my evidence choices, I focused more on the characteristics of the character and the setting as these were the pieces of evidence that directly supported the conclusions that I was able to draw.


Criterion B: (7)

Through the notes that I took in class and a multiple practice annotation that I did in and outside of the classroom, I felt that my analysis of the text went much further than just the surface of the analysis. I not only represented what the “literary devices” meant, but at multiple occasions I explained what effect the specific implications and literary devices had on the reader.


Criterion C: (10)

I felt that without doubt this was my strongest aspect of the IO. It was perfectly paced at just exactly the 10-minute marker. Furthermore, I made sure that during the practice and the actual IO that the analysis and interpretations of both works were clearly and evenly split. Lastly, I spent an extended amount of time working on my introduction and conclusion to make sure that I summarized my points thoroughly and had a clear transition.


Criterion D: (5)

I felt that the language that I used throughout my IO was formal and proper. The dictions that I chose to incorporate adequately represented the information that I was trying to convey to the listener. However, it was evident at times that certain word choices that I was using was repetitive and not as complex as they could have been. Overall, the language I used was very clear, but I do feel that it could be more complex.


Overall Score: (6) 30/40




The parts that I thought went really well for me was the structure and how my IO progressed. Because of this, I was able to have a good analysis of both texts and have time to make a solid conclusion.


The one aspect that I feel that I need to put more work on is the vocabulary choices that I made throughout the analysis part of my IO. Although the words that I chose were able to accurately convey the meaning that I was trying to pass on

Murakami vs Norwegian Wood:

How Does the Article Relates to Themes and Issues in Norwegian Wood?


Time: Throughout Norwegian Wood, John Lennon writes about his affair in the word choice of songs and lyrics. Through the lyrics it can be identified how the mood and attitude of the Lennon changes and progressively becomes darker. In the article by Murakami, he writes about his past experiences, starting from the time he was born to where he had gotten now.


What Global Issues the Article May Present, and How These Are Present in Norwegian Wood?


The global issue of “the value of the many, overrule the value of the one”. In the article, Marukami was always committing actions that were against societies belief of what was right. His family wanted him to become an esteemed office worker, yet he opened a jazz club. Furthermore, during the period of post-war Japan, the nation was focusing primarily on rebuilding its economy, thus aspects of Marukami’s writings appealed to the readers. These are present in Norwegian Wood through the idea that many of the actions that the persona committed are strictly against the rules in our society, yet seemingly lenient at the time the song was written.