Two Years of IB English

What have I learned…

I have learned to write analyses with a more organized structure to deliver clearer points across.

What will I miss…

I will miss watching To Live and eating cupcakes.

What will I always remember…

I will always remember sitting in a circle and sharing opinions.

I will also remember sketching Frankinstein.

What text, literary or non-literary collection of works, stood out the most, and why…

I really enjoyed reading Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress because I understand its cultural significance and I admire the Little Chinese Seamstress’s courage under a patriarchal society.

Mandarin Oriental Notes: Dame Helen Mirren

– Mandarin Oriental logo in the celebrity’s name

– Classic, vintage, traditional style background

– the blue clothing contrast to the yellow flower in the background, color visual impact

– change of camera angle–constantly capturing the audience’s attention

– Body figure leaning forward, create direct communication with the audience

– Smiled when she said: ”I’m a fan of Mandarin Oriental Hotel”—happy emotional association

– (5 seconds) long pauses in showing hotel logo

– formal dressing

Reflection in Class!

  • What has been the hardest about the last seven month for you?

Not being able to travel without a mask. Not seeing teachers and classmates face to face.

  • What highlights or successes have you had?

time management, workouts

  • What lessons or insights from this experience do you want to take with you moving forward?

I want to continue following a schedule so I stay organized

  • Which of these texts was your favorite and why?

The thing around your neck. I like the way Adichie approaches her stories in a realistic and simple way.

  • Which ones do you think you might want to focus on in the final individual oral presentation?

I prefer the thing around your neck and the problem with Apu. Is it ok to select a text I have used for my previous mock IO?

  • Which assessments tasks are you best at? Which do you still need to work on?

3. IO because I have more time to prepare.

  • things that you already know about this collection of texts.

The thing around your neck. I like the way Adichie approaches her stories in a realistic and simple way.

  • things that you want to know about this collection of texts.

I prefer the thing around your neck and the problem with Apu.

  • one question or concern that you have about this collection of texts.

IO because I have more time to prepare.

The Danger of a Single Story

Reading the title “The Thing Around Your Neck”, I immediately make connections to African neck rings or some THING around the neck that symbolizes African culture. You see, this is a stereotype made, but after reading into the story, author Adichie soon changed my mind.

The thing around your neck is ambiguous, blurry, and subtle, as it never mentions the name of “the thing”. To me, “the thing” feels like a shadow that follows the protagonist Akunna, constantly making her uncomfortable. Even though “the thing” has only appeared in the story twice: “At night, something would wrap itself around your neck … before you fell asleep.” (119, Adichie) and “The thing that wrapped itself around your neck, that nearly choked you before you fell asleep, started to loosen, to let go.” (125, Adichie), the thing around your neck metaphors the anxiety of Akunna entering a new country. Not only the American culture shock Akunna faces: “You wanted to write about the surprising openness of people in America, how eagerly they told you about their mother fighting cancer, about their sister-in-law’s preemie, the kind of things that one should hide or should reveal only to the family members who wished them well” (118, Adichie), but also the misunderstanding and stereotypical impressions American citizens would imply to Akunna: “They asked where you learned to speak English and if you had real houses back in Africa and if you’d seen a car before you came to America. They gawped at your hair.” (116, Adichie). The consistent tension in her body would feel choked at night, like a tight necklace around your neck.

On the other hand, Adichie portrayed Akunna’s white boyfriend contrary to the ignorant Americans. He has adequate knowledge and experiences in African culture and seems to be overly passionate about the cultural identity of Akunna to the extent of an obsession. “ White people who liked Africa too much [or] too little were the same—condescending.” (120, Adichie). Adichie uses the voice of Akunna to demonstrate her tiredness to people either ignorant or fetishize Africans instead of mistreating Africans as normal human beings.

“8 Things Men Should Know About What Consent Looks Like” Paper 1


Catherine Ka

English Lang & Lit HL

Mrs. Abdallah

Paper 1

“8 Things Men Should Know About What Consent Looks Like” by Terri Coles is an instructional article published on “HuffPost” on 22nd February, 2018. This writing focuses on the eight instructions that can help clarify the conceptual ambiguity of consent that leads confusion to many relationships. The target audience seems to be Canadian men who are ignorant about asking for consent in a relationship as this passage is extracted from a Canadian website and the title pinpoints at men. The purpose of this text is to give consent advice to help build and maintain a comfortable relationship sexually and romantically. The following essay analyses on Coles’ application of ethos and logos in the article to strategically persuade readers on the importance of “what consent looks like”.

Coles incorporates the persuasive technique of ethos in the passage to assemble reliability. She begins her writing with a hyperlink insertion to “the allegations against actor Aziz Ansari”, another article from “HuffPost”. The hyperlink adds background information on a consent absence sexual scandal. Then Coles declares her credibility furthermore by quoting experts’ interviews: “relationship expert Miyoko Rifkin told HuffPost Canada.” and reputable organization: “according to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).” These professional references immediately establish trustworthiness in Coles’ writing because they elevate the quality of the writer’s exploration on the topic of consent, and readers have a tendency of believing words with validity. Moreover, instructional verbs in five out of eight subtitles authorize Coles’ domination on the matter of consent compared to her targeted audience. Word choices of “understand”, “check”, “ask”, “get”, and “know” are demands that provide clear guidance on what needs to be understood under a healthy relationship. The target audience, men, are often straightforward and frank in communication. Therefore, setting a candid and direct tone for the whole passage benefits the understanding between the writer and readers in a reliable manner. The use of Ethos in this article enhances Coles’ purpose of convincing the significant role of consent in relationships.

Another Aristotle model of Persuasion used in this passage is logos. Listing the “eight things men should know” demonstrates a clear direction for readers to apprehend. This sequence of instructions can accurately target the focus of the article for readers to logically follow. In addition to each instruction, Coles supports it with examples for readers to take actions accordingly: “you should be asking them if they’re OK and comfortable with the activity the two of you are engaging in”, “ask if they’re feeling the same way”. Supplementing examples helps to specify ideas rationally and comprehensively, which not only reinforces statements but also make the whole passage appear organized and reasonable to readers. The use of Logos in this article reflects details of how consent can be given.

In conclusion, this instructional article educates readers on the topic of consent as Coles strategically persuades with Ethos and Logos. The approach of Ethos is reflected using hyperlink, quotes, and demanding verbs to achieve her credibility. Likewise, the approach of Logos is reflected using listing and supplementary examples to achieve her rationality. Both Ethos and Logos applied in her writing emphasizes on the importance of the presence of consent in a relationship sexually and romantically. 

Imitative Writing of Carol Ann Duffy




Carol Ann Duffy, 1955 –

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.


Imitative Writing:

“I Let You”
Not a whisper in red lips
Not a champagne in small sips

I give you toilet paper
It is rolls of oak
Beneath we make our oath
Until lightning strikes us apart

It will mop away scars from wars
Like a genie from afar
And slowly it wipes away
The reasons why you loved me

I give you toilet paper
It is frosted on my gown
Pure and sacred
Chase me in this town
And crown me with your name

Take it
Our white romance
Lead me down the aisle
Tear me up and flee a mile
If you like
I’ll answer in a while

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