Keep things as they are

Read the following stimulus text, guiding question and the student's response. Apply the P1 assessment criteria and discuss the marks that you would award the script before reading the examiner's marks and comments. How different were your marks and comments from the examiner's marks and comments? What improvements could be made to this student's response, in order to achieve better results?

P1 Stimulus text: Keep things as they are
Student response
Paper 1 assessment criteria SL/HL
Examiner's comments and marks
Marking notes

The IB encourages all learners to develop thinking skills. Creative thinking, as defined by the IB, considers problems from new perspectives. How can you look at the stimulus texts from different perspectives? Imagine how this text would have been viewed in the context of the Occupy demonstrations around the world in 2011. The information at the top of the exams provides you with enough information to consider this perspective. Try to think outside the borders of the stimulus text to image its effects on various target audiences. 


This is a difficult exam. What can you say about one political cartoon with only a few words and a single panel? This model response shows you how you can say a lot about a little. Despite its brevity, this response digs deep into the meaning of every little symbol (a cigar!), the use of water colours and the characters' body language. This is where it helps to be an inquirer. 

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