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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: -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.

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