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IB English - IOP Assistance
by Hika (hikarixnoxkage)
at August 15th, 2008 (05:38 pm)

Hello~ I'm new to this community and am currently a senior in high school. My IB English IOP is coming up in about a month (our teacher postponed it during Junior year because we also took the AP Lit exams) and I have no idea what to do. At all. I have to actually pick a book, but I'm leaning towards Wuthering Heights since I liked it more than Ethan Frome.

I just have no idea where to start. We did get a handout with rather vague guidelines, but that really didn't help me a lot. Can anyone offer any advice about picking/choosing a topic for the oral presentation? Or give me an example of a topic, just so I can try and formulate one of my own.

--I'm beginning to think that the formal commentary is going to be easier (even if it requires a longer amount of discussion/talking).


Posted by: Ezzie, the Floating Nightmare (grape_soda2)
Posted at: August 16th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)

Well, first off, does your teacher have any copies of the IB English book (I believe it's called English for the IB Diploma or something like that) printed by the IBO? I found that quite helpful when writing my IOP.

Each teacher is different when it comes to their grading, so some of the advice I have to offer might not work in your case. In my opinion, you're lucky to have the option of picking a book; I was randomly assigned one of the four selected books and had to work with what I got (Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, which wasn't too bad).

I did a creative IOP, which is slightly different than the analytical IOP because it requires a statement of intent. What I did was an in-depth character analysis of the main character via monologues from the points of view of two secondary characters (one was from the main character's antagonist's point of view; the other, the main character's girlfriend/lover). After performing the monologues, I gave an explanation as to why I chose those two characters, what I wanted to show through those monologues, how I demonstrated the book's themes, motifs I used that were prevalent in the work (hence placed in the monologues), etc.

If I recall correctly (and I may not, as it's been two years since I did my IOP), the topic you choose can be anything you want, as long as it relates to the book (meaning you can use the book for justification of your position). For example, I had a friend who did a pseudo-analytical IOP in which she psychologically analyzed the character of Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye from three different psychologists' point of view (Freud, Kiley, and another I can't remember off the top of my head). She used the premise that Holden is most likely in therapy at the beginning of the the novel as justification for her idea, and throughout the entire presentation she used prerecorded quotes from the book to justify her theories.

The thing with an analytical IOP is that you need good, strong examples from the novel to illustrate your ideas, or else your IOP loses force in its analysis (or falls apart completely, which happened to a few of my classmates). Essentially, it's like a literary essay -- only oral. I don't know if you have to perform it in front of an audience (like I had to), but in any case, be sure to be engaging -- either by having an interesting topic, reading your quotations in a lively voice (like mimicking deep voices for males and high voices for females; however, this has the potential to backfire if you rely on it too heavily or do it in a silly manner), or by simply having a good public speaking voice. Analytical IOPs have the potential to be really dry and boring, and if you can't hold your classmates' attentions, it's likely that your scorer won't be interested, either. A good idea is to have a couple of people critique your work -- they can help strengthen certain points in your presentation, refine others, and cut any superfluous material in case you find that you're over the time limit.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Posted by: Jenni (moonlittaint)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Life in Bloom

Wow! You know, your IOP sounds alot like mine was! Mine focused on two characters from different books in which I wrote 'diary entries' for them and preformed them in their voice while a video I created was running in the background. Afterwhich, I too explained what I was trying to prove about the characters and their connections. How neat.

Posted by: Ezzie, the Floating Nightmare (grape_soda2)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)

Oh, really? That's cool. For me, I think there was one other person who did the monologue-thing.

Posted by: osmosizz (osmosizz)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)

what did you get on your IOP?

Posted by: Ezzie, the Floating Nightmare (grape_soda2)
Posted at: January 25th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: iop

I have no clue. They didn't give us the scores, but my total English score was a 6.

Posted by: 1234_0987 (1234_0987)
Posted at: April 27th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)

hay man. my Eng IOP is due in one week. i would appreciate it if u could send me ur IOP as a means of guidance for mine.
please send it to mohammad.saud708@rdpsd.ab.ca
i would really appreciate it

Posted by: Jenni (moonlittaint)
Posted at: August 25th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)

Well, like I said, I did something really similar to grape_soda2. If you like I have the videos I used up on YouTube and could send you my journal entries via email so you could see more or less what I had done. (I did Leopolda from Love Medicine and Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire)
You can do almost anything with an IOP. Some of my classmates did analytical presentations but I don't think those fared quite as well as the creative ones. I've seen scrapbooks over a character, newscast (Saturday Night Live style) with the author, an art gallery, theme park creation, psychological sessions, a neat geological-animal comparison (the person created a huge diorama with two different ecosystems and animals comparing the land and animals to the characters and themes of two different novels), and magazines. You can do almost anything you could think of. I found the IOP rather fun actually. Just make sure you have a point in your presentation and not just sort of giving an informational about the book (some of my classmates did that).

Posted by: iamthepro (iamthepro)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)

I am doing an IOP on E A Poe on the work of Tell-tale heart. I am doing a monologue about how the narrator feels before he does his killing. I thought it was pretty easy, but now i feel it is not that easy, especially the part where you have to do analysis. Therefore, I would appreciate, if you could send me an analysis of how you do it (necessarily not Tell-tale heart but any other works which were on Monologue). You could send it to me in the email unknowntoanyone@gmail.com Thanks! Cheers!

Posted by: hadeys (hadeys)
Posted at: April 5th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)

i am soo screwed too !! i am in my senior year of IB .. and have to submit my IOP in this month ! i thought i was almost done with itwhen my teacher said it was crap and asked me to do it all over again ! i am doin the comparison of relationships of the protagnists in the books " the old man and the sea" and " things fall apart" .... can u give me a few tips .. as to how to start and wat to include and stuff like that ? i really need some good help :( ...

Posted by: shana93 (shana93)
Posted at: April 6th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)

if any of you have an iop on hamlet can you send it to me?

Posted by: kritz29 (kritz29)
Posted at: September 17th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)

Hey, I'm doing the Great Gatsby and I picked the topic: The Importance of Clothing in the 1920's. I have all the points and examples ready, but I have no idea on how to present it in a fun and creative way. Can you please help?

Posted by: nami_angel94 (nami_angel94)
Posted at: September 27th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)

im also doin great gatsby this year and i have a topic and point but i need help on how to present it could sumone pls help me???

Posted by: Beth Raposo Oliveira Stringer (bethraposo)
Posted at: September 28th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)

It depends on your subject matter - you could go with the "normal" analytical approach, examining the topic to the IOP guidline marking criteria, or you could do something more creative, like Role Play or an open debate, as long as you still hit the criteria for looking at literary devices etc.

I have my IOP in a week, Atonement, and I'm panicking like billyo.

Posted by: Alice Boyer (Alice Boyer)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)

Hey everyone! I'm a junior in high school, and it's our school's first year of IB. I'm doing my IOP on the symbolism of eyes in The Great Gatsby. And I'm having some trouble on how to organize my presentation. Are there any key points any of you would offer up to hit upon during the presentation?

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