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IOP Presentation
by rakoa (rakoa)
at November 28th, 2011 (05:10 pm)

Hello everyone, I am an IB Student in Nova Scotia, Canada, and I created this lovely livejournal account for the purpose of writing this message, though from the looks of this community I suspect I will be using it much more. But with regards to IOP... my English teacher is new to IB. This is his first year teaching IB English and he hates it. Anyway, he gave us a week to throw together our shit for this presentation with very little warning before hand, because he himself probably just found out. From talking to my Year 2 friends, they had nearly 2 months with the rubric in hand and concise instructions to prepare. One week for me. Maybe thats normal, but regardless, I feel up the river without a paddle. I am not even clear on what the IOP is, or what this guy is looking for, probably because he doesn't even know!

He basically gave us three books (Life of Pi, Heart of Darkness, and Fahrenheit 451) and said "Go now, little children, and come up with a presentation. It must relate to one of these books. It must be no longer than 10 minutes. Good luck." I feel really, well, screwed. If someone can help with a topic that fits IOP guidelines (whatever those are) I would be really happy, but anything relating to his IOP in general would be immensely appreciated.

Thank you for reading my large, large, long talk (yes, I know I said large twice). Good luck to you, fellow IB students! As you were. :P


Posted by: MapleMapffyPie (maplemapffypie)
Posted at: November 28th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)


I am an IB graduate who got a high mark in English. Unfortunately, I have not read any of these books, but I can give you a few ideas.

We did three oral presentations in total in Year 1. Only one was our actual IOP though :P My first was on the Great Gatsby, where I talked about the timelessness of the book. My second was a commentary on Darcy's letter to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. My IOP was the effect of sex in Robertson Davies' Fifth Business.

My advice to you is to pick out something that really stood out for you in one of these books, be it a theme and its effect, symbolism, or even a specific situation. My friend did Nichze philosophy in Gatsby.

Make sure its structured.

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: November 28th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)

Hey, my friend is doing Nichze philosophy in Heart of Darkness! :P
I told my teacher I was going to do a Jungian psychological analysis on Pi and Richard Parker, but he said he wants me to do the whole book. I thought the guidelines of the IOP were less rigid than that, but in the end he is the authority, I suppose...

Thanks a lot for the advice!

Posted by: A (andae)
Posted at: November 28th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)

Yep, pretty much what was said above- make sure you're genuinely interested in what you're talking about. I had the books The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the play The History Boys, and I talked about the presentation of gay relationships in the two. Have a conclusion to what you're saying, and really go for it.

Good luck!

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: November 28th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I'm finding it hard to pick a topic i'm interested in just because this guy is being very picky at what he is allowing people to present on.

Posted by: -T. (silentcadence)
Posted at: November 29th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)

The main thing is to also explore how the work of literature is created, hence, a large degree of technical analysis must be included. If exploring a theme, try to observe the literary devices that have been effective in expressing the theme as well. Moreover, some presentations tend to get narrative: Be careful not to fall into that trap. Quote from your text where necessary (in other words, quote the literary devices) and be sure to practice the presentation so that you have an idea how quickly you want to go. If in doubt, don't hesitate to obtain a copy of the rubrics from your seniors to use as a checklist.

A structure can be according to literary devices analysed (in other words, a particular literary device that keeps bringing out the theme that you are examining), chronologically, or according to major sub-categories. Some measure of eye candy (related diagrams, animations, backgrounds) might help if your teacher enjoys such things but make sure your content is sound first before adding these in. (Personally, I did a black and white presentation.)

Finally, make sure you time yourself in a mock presentation beforehand! It helps a lot and allows you to explore the pace with which you want to go at for the presentation.

Good luck!

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: November 29th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)

Woah, thanks! I though it would be a challenge for someone to make a post larger than mine :P
But that was super helpful! Thank you very, very much.

Posted by: GAYLORD MANLOVE (uwaaaah)
Posted at: November 29th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)

You are also allowed to do a presentation on two of the books and do a comparison, which is what many people in my class did. It's a very good way to automatically get into the thick of critical thinking and analysis, looking at similarities and differences in relation to, say, a theme that both books have.

(And I had about two weeks for my IOP, with one last-minute 'practice,' and I did really well on it. Just look up the IB rubric online and make sure you fulfill every criterion to the best of your ability, and you'll be fine!)

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: November 29th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)

Thanks! :D

That helps alot just in the confidence factor, I did hear the rubric didn't judge the presenter based on knowledge of the book at all, the points all come from presenting skills like eye contact, voice projection, etc.

I think I can do pretty well on this! I've decided to just pick a Jungian archetype and explain how that archetype applies to the book's characters. Everything should be fine, but if someone else has something to add, I won't stop you! Thanks again, to everyone!

Posted by: ribbonrebel (ribbonrebel)
Posted at: March 14th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)

Sup? This is waaaay late, but I can't help but wonder if you go to PAHS?

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: March 16th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)

Why, you would be correct. Are you also an IB student who goes to PAHS?

Posted by: rakoa (rakoa)
Posted at: March 17th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)

Saaay, you wouldn't happen to have a three letter nickname, and really like Skyward Sword, would you?

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