IO moderator's notes
The following notes are based on instructions that the IB shares with moderators of the individual oral. By sharing these moderator’s notes, teachers can grade their students more effectively and students can avoid unnecessary pitfalls. These notes are not written, nor are they endorsed, by the IB.
Music scores, screenshots of a dance performance, photographs, photographs of sculpture(s), photographs of someone engaging with (street) art are examples are extracts from non-literary bodies of work (BOWs) and should be treated as such by moderators and teachers. The student’s analysis should be of the artist’s work and the extract and not of the audience captured in the extract.
when marking IOs, it's important not to lose site of the purpose of the task: to encourage critical thinking. One hallmark of critical thinking is the ability to make connections. In the IO there are opportunities to connect an extract to a work, a work to another work and all texts to a common global issue.