Partial Paper 1 Practice -April 7

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Works Studied -March 31


Non-Literary and Literary Text types -March 16

Text Type: Menu


-To advertise food options

-To persuade customers to eat at a particular establishment-To compete with prices of other restaurants

-To get rid of a certain ingredient/food that has gone bad (sales)

-To make the food look more appealing/give the customer more information about the food


-In a restaurant display window at the table of a restaurant

– on a flyer indicating a sale

– in a cafeteria

-in a bar

-in a cafe

-above the cash register

– in cards alongside the food in a glass case

– online on a food delivery app


– Text should be readable and easy to follow

-Pictures often acompany descriptions of the food (staged images that are designed to make the food look more appealing

– Menu variety: items on the menu are carefully chosen with a range of food options and prices

– Organization:

Menu items should be grouped by section, category, for customers to find easily. Less time to find food = more time to enjoy it

– Icons can also help direct attention as humans see shapes and colors first

There are also different types of menus: Cocktail menu, beverage menu, dessert menu, a la carte, du jour, cycle menus, fixed menu

Text Type: Catalogue


-To advertise clothing for sale from a certain company

– Popularise a certain item by distributing it widely

-To increase purchases from a certain company

-Display the clothing/item in a more appealing light

– show the usage of the item




– company websites

– catalogue books (through which you can make orders from)

– the mail


– pamphlets


-Images of clothing/item for sale

-Description of use of item/what it is made out of-Price/sales

-Reviews of the product

-Persuasive statements such as: “You just need this dress to start off the new school year” or “The perfect glove for a casual gardener”- Provides visual stimuli for webpages

The Baron of Botox: The Purpose of Episode 9 -February 25

The purpose of episode 9 is to spread awareness of the complexity of mental health issues by exemplifying how much of what made Dr Brandt depressed and what led him to his suicide was internal; and that despite the accomplishments he made, and the support he had from his friends the issue still remained.

Techniques employed to convey this include comparison; the narrator interviews a podcast analyst who discusses the various ways that mental health is portrayed in the media, how it is romanticized and how it is made to be a spectacle. Through this lens, the narrator creates a critical eye for the reader as she reevaluates the various factors she discussed previous episodes regarding Dr Brandt’s life and the way she discussed them. Furthermore, this is also done when discussing Dr Brandt’s autopsy; a metaphor is used here to reflect his mental health in the months approaching his suicide. As while his body was more or less in great shape, nourished, and in a state of a man much younger than himself, a core problem remained in his heart: a blocked artery. The fact that this didn’t physically kill him does parallel the fact that it was his own mind that did; the core of his being.

The Baron of Botox: The Purpose of Episode 7 -February 9

The purpose of episode 7 is to discuss the evolution of beauty and why people consider certain appearances to be beautiful. Techniques used to achieve this purpose is the use of interviews, narrative commentary, appeal to logos through the inclusion of experts, as well as the use of a case study referenced throughout the episode: Ashlee Simpson’s nose job. And the publics reaction to the change.

The purpose of episode 8 is to humanize Dr Brandt and characterize his personality. Techniques include the use of interviews with his friends specifically, the discussion of his traits (appealing to pathos). Anecdotes were also used to exemplify his passion, such as an example of how much time he dedicated to attempting to fix the faces of his patients who experienced complications following cosmetic surgeries.

The Baron of Botox Group Response -January 22

Episode 4 | 8:58-11:58

Harman: That’s how you would restore my face to harmony? Just 5 injections of botox and then 1-
Dr. Anolik: No! We [muffled] all of your face. Should we do some more? [Harman and the technician laugh] I’m happy to do some more.
Harman: What else would you do?
Dr. Anolik: Plenty more.
Harman: Go- just tell me what it would be.
Dr. Anolik: Okay, so we would absolutely do the crow’s feet, I would do the neck bands. Let’s do it!
Harman: Really?
Dr. Anolik: Yeah! Let me get some more.
Harman: Okay!
Dr. Anolik: Sit still.
Harman: [muffled noise] Oh my god. [Voiceover] While I’m waiting for Dr. Anolik to return, I think about the significance of the room we’re in. Make no mistake, it’s room is purely medical. Sterile surfaces and white cabinets, safety trashcans for proper syringe disposal, and Stryker brand medical furniture. But it doubles as so much more than a treatment room. It’s a therapists office. A members only club. An not unlike a place of worship, a sacred place where rituals are observed and repeated. In a 60 minutes Australia segment from 2009 titled “Changing Face”, Dr. Brandt is filmed in this very room with his good friend and personal shopper Susie Isaacs. The video shows Brandt nimbly injecting Susie’s face while the technician holds what appears to be ice packs to reddened areas.
[background noise of a man saying “inject!” in a singsong tone]
Despite the bizarre nature of the event, Brandt and Susie are at peace with one another. They’re actually harmonising to Judy Garland’s Easter Parade as he works.
[Music in background]
Dr Brandt: Lets get the creams on the face and your age we will erase!
News Reporter: Today his patient is Suzy Isaacs…
Dr. Brandt: [Singing] on the avenue…
Dr. Brandt: 5th Avenue…
[continued singing of the song]
Dr. Brandt: Relax.
News Reporter: She works in the fashion industry and at 50-something is just a touch older than the material girl herself.
Susie: He’s such a talented artist; I’m putty in his hands, you know whatever he wants to do I trust him implicitly
News Reporter: Half a dozen more jabs and Suzy has a botox neck lift! A Doctor Brandt special.
News Reporter [to Dr. Brandt]: So can you get rid of the Turkey thing that people get?
Dr. Brandt: Yes! Gobble gobble.
News Reporter: Yeah? [laughs]
Newsreporter [to the audience]: A few bruises later, Susie’s had a face lift without the stitches and post-operative recovery.
[In background- Dr. Brandt: You’re looking good.”]
Narrator: The tone of the TV Segment is cheeky. At one point the interview actually challenges Dr. Brandt to make a variety of facial expressions. He takes the ribbing in stride.
Interviewer: You show that to me again – Frown.
Brandt: I can’t frown
Interviewer: Show me! You can’t do it
Brandt: Oh you’re trying to… [Nervous laughter] no i can’t
Interviewer: No no, seriously! Could you look angry? How about surprised? hehehehehe
Brandt: I can [????] with my personality
JH: Susie it’s clear [?????] and his expertise, seriously. At the end of her treatment, Brandt appraises his work before issuing a command – tighten. When he says this, Susie juts her bottom teeth out to exaggerate an underbite and Brandt slips one more needle into her neck.

This excerpt is significant because it includes past interviews with both Dr. Brandt and his clientele, and thus gives the audience crucial background information regarding Dr Brandt’s character. As the podcast itself is centered around his suicide, this provides the possibility for foreshadow on the part of the narrator as she leads up to either the climax or general argument of her series, allows for the audience to begin to put together the incident for themselves, as well as gives the podcast credibility for pulling from other sources in order to tell its story. Furthermore, this is continued as the narrator herself undergoes some of the treatments that Dr Brandt provided in his very surgery. This parallels with the primary source interview that is inserted into the podcast.

Techniques used within the excerpt include inserting primary sources (such as recordings) of Dr Brandt and interviews he was apart of within the podcast. Commentary regarding these recordings by overlapping the narration with the primary source recordings.

Harman employs a combination of visual imagery and contrast to reveal the true nature of Dr. Anolik and Dr. Brandt’s work as plastic surgeons. With visual imagery, she describes the room as “purely medical…[with] sterile surfaces and white cabinets,” affirming the classic aesthetic of a medical office. However, she continues with a shift of tone and begins to the emotional significance of the room as a “therapists office, a members only club…[and] a sacred place.” This contrast of her tone, along with her word choice which now includes lexicon surrounding themes of emotional attachment and comfort, she destigmatises the negative perceptions that listeners may have initially had on plastic surgery. This account of her experience is valuable to the podcast in that it provides a intimate personal take on her surgical procedure.

Harman produces an auditory recording of an interaction between Dr. Brandt and one of his clientele. The content in the audio records the process that client’s may face in initial interaction between them and Dr. Brandt. This provides information that the listener may not have previously understood of the process involved before cosmetic surgery. This interaction between client and Dr. Brandt also provides a better characterisation of Brandt with a playful interaction and demonstrates the trust that Dr. Brandt’s clients places on him. “He [Dr. Bradnt] the ribbing in stride”. The recording serves to further Harman’s credibility in her investigation of both cosmetic surgery and Dr. Brandt.

South Korean Plastic Surgery & The Baron of Botox Podcast Response-January 8

1: South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world because of the way it has become normalized into their society, and the subsequent promoting of it by their government in order to increase tourism. Both of these factors influence the other, as they said in the video that South Korea has the highest proportion of plastic surgery doctors to other doctors than an other country in the world; this makes each doctor more competitive and thus increases (to an extent) their quality. This has likely gone up as the demand has gone up within the country (as the mean age of the country as gotten older in the past few decades), garnered international attention (mainly by tourists) and thus has made the government interested in plastic surgery has a possible market for themselves.

2: Questions for Episode 5;

-do you think that the creator intended to draw a parallel between the news report and her own experience in Dr Brandt’s office?

-If so, what do you think the purpose of this parallel was? To dive deeper into Dr. Brandt’s character, or to simply open up the experience of cosmetics?

-To what extent do you think that the past 5 episodes we have listened to is the exposition of the overall story arch?

-Do you think that the creator is purposefully building up to some form of argument regarding Dr Brandt’s suicide (I.E. was it triggered by the cosmetics industry itself, or was it a result of a longer history of mental health issues?) or do you think the creator’s purpose in the podcast is to make a documentary-style look at the events without a specific commentary?

-To what extent do you feel that the true-crime feel that the creator gives the podcast is to keep the audience engaged rather than foreshadow a darker, grittier cause of Dr. Brandt’s death?

3: The purpose of this episode was to introduce the audience to the darker side of plastic surgery that Dr Brandt had to face. Prior to this, what had been discussed was his triumphs in the industry, and how he had popularised/normalised the idea cosmetic surgery among celebrities. However, episode 6 discusses the impact that this popularity had on the industry as a whole (how it led to a higher number of botched surgeries) and the price that the higher quality doctors (such as Dr. Brandt) had to pay. Techniques used to achieve this purpose include anecdotes from those close to him; about both things that Dr Brandt faced and what they face in the industry. Music was also used throughout this episode to emphasize the sadder, more poignant tone that is being created as the audience is introduced to some of the hardships that Dr Brandt experienced, as well as garner sympathy for him.

IOP Planning Outline (Dec 10)

What is the global issue and how have you narrowed it down?

The global issue is the impact of manipulation of information in the media as a result of a government


What is the summary/description of the “whole” literary work you’ve chosen?  Write 1-2 bullet points.


The poem “War Photographer” by Carol Ann Duffy is from her book “Standing Female Nude”, in which themes such as the representation of reality, the construction of self, gender issues, contemporary society, and oppression and social inequality is explored. The topic of the poem was inspired by her friendship with a war photographer who was challenged with the job to record events without power to help their subjects.



What is the summary/description of this particular extract you’ve chosen and why? Write 1-2 bullet points.


My non-literary work: “Resolutely uncover ‘1 June’”, massacre the murderers of the East Workers Sports Academy!” This poster was created in June 1967, a few months after the beginning of the revolution, and likely deals with a local issue with the intent to gather support from the population associated with the incident.


What is the summary/description of the “whole” non-literary body of work you’ve chosen?  Write 1-2 bullet points.


It was created during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in which Mao Zedong and his followers attempted to overthrow the then current Chinese government in an attempt to preserve Chinese communism and purge traditional and capitalist elements from their society.

Final IOP Reflection (Dec 7 2020)

Yesterday I presented my final IOP for Lang & Lit HL. I am more confident about my presentation that I had thought that I would be. I feel as though, after the mocks that we have done in class, that I have improved tremendously in the confidence of my voice and my clarity in my oral.

When preparing for my Final IOP, I remembered back to the first mock that I had done Junior year, and tried to make the most changes based on that presentation specifically. This is because, while my last few mocks were much improved from that one, I felt that it was good to look back on the original mistakes that I had made and make absolutely sure that I hadn’t done that again: these mistakes included getting choked up while speaking, and thereby interrupting my train of thought with filler words (thereby decreasing the clarity and confidence of my presentation). It also included not having a clear organisational structure in which I explained the two texts that I had chosen; this time, I made sure that I clearly connected each to my Global Issue, discussed the literary techniques within either, and then proceeded to compare and contrast them in my conclusion. Furthermore, I also managed to speak perfectly well within the given time, and not freeze up (as I had the first time) when being asked questions from my teacher.

Despite these improvements, I was still nervous both before and after the presentation (which is something that I don’t think will change no matter how prepared I am for the oral, or how many mocks I have previously done). However, I am proud that I didn’t let my nervous energy disturb my actual performance, and that I was able to push past that to let the work that I had done on the oral really shine through.

Onion Article Parody

 “CAS is the Key to a Balanced Lifestyle” says the IB While Promoting their Program

An IB student who is upset about missing out on her fifth hour of backstage work for the high school play. 

Every IB Diploma Programmestudent is highly familiar with their savior from a boring and unbalanced lifestyle— CAS, also known as creativity, activity, and service. Described as “devious” and “scarily ingenious” by various students, CAS effectively promotes and fosters a healthy, balanced lifestyle among students, providing a refreshing break from the mountain of assignments and daily tests. In fact, recent survey results show that a whopping 90% of students believe that CAS has greatly improved their lives by motivating them to stay up until 4am studying as they now spend their time productively instead of sleeping.

CAS also replaces the typical mundane hobbies like sleeping and having a social life with much more meaningful activities. When asked how they spent their Friday night, one student said: “I did five hours of community service, 7 hours of working out in the gym, and all my homework. I even managed to get half an hour of sleep!” This student proceeded to suffer from a lack of caffeine and had to be rushed to the ER after collapsing in the middle of the crowded hallway.

Another student discusses his love of fantasy novels, and the numerous book clubs that he belonged to prior to beginning the IB Diploma Programme: “Yes, I loved reading whatever newest novel that Brandon Sanderson came out with, and I even had a really close club that I would meet with every week to discuss it with. But I’m way more balanced now; I attend HFH, MUN, the student newspaper, the tutoring centre, the soccer team, and the rugby team for an hour every day after school! After which I complete my numerous IB assignments of course…I don’t even have time to think about the way I used to spend my spare time!”

The IB promotes CAS as the counterpart to the rigorous aspect of their course. However, some parents have become concerned the way their kids are expected to spend their free time, especially during COVID: “Pre-COVID, my son barely had any time at home. I saw him early in the morning before school, but never at night. I used to have to leave food out for him before I went to bed…why does that have to change because he’s quarantining at home?” The IBO alerted schools following this complaint that they are currently working on a viable alternative for parents globally.

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