That’s how you’d be telling the examiner that you know you’re answering the question. Bundle. The paper 2 is not really a compare and contrast essay. The thesis statement of your essay is also extremely important; many English teachers have told me that often to gauge a writer’s quality they examine his thesis statement. In their article entitled, “Ten simple rules for structuring papers,” in PLOS Computational Biology, authors Mensh and Kording provided 10 helpful tips as follows: 1. The points need to have enough overlaps that similarities can be analysed, but not too much similarity because you also want to contrast differences. Focus on a central contribution. What I like to do is integrate them really fluidly within my paragraphs; this takes practice, but here are a few examples below from my writing: Natsume identifies intricacies and details in British culture that seem entirely foreign to him coming from Japan; he notes the impeccable fashion sense that surrounds him: ‘herds of women walk around like horned lionesses with nets on their faces’ and notices a distinct height difference ‘but when we rush past one another I see he is about two inches taller than me’ (Natsume in Phillips, R161). There are two ways that this can be achieved: In reality, you have to morph both your texts and the prompt in order to reach a snug fit between the two. We’re gonna tackle this thing head on and hopefully you’ll get a better understanding of what it takes to ace it (or at least do well in). Think of it as an algorithm, a set of steps that you repeat. You’d write one short four line paragraph with that and that would be it. So I don’t expect you to do so, either. The end goal is to be able to tick off at least half of this list: What can you do to improve your understanding? Get this resource as part of a bundle and save up to 80%. You get the idea. Subscribe to our mailing list now and be sure to get it! More often than not, our texts do not contain anything explicitly related to the prompt’s key, say, the theme of “imprisonment”. This field is for validation purposes and should be left empty. SparkNotes, CliffNotes, LitCharts. You wipe the sweat from your forehead and try to focus on the words on the page: “We are all prisoners of ourselves.” Discuss how the sense of imprisonment shapes the meaning and the effect on the audience of at least two texts you have studied. I strongly recommend that you use only two texts for your Paper 2 exam because it is extremely difficult to deal with three texts at the same time. Make points on all your plays and contrast them with one another. As an examiner, please understand- you do NOT get “extra bonus” points for including a 3rd text. Then, slap them together into different paragraphs, regurgitate some shallow comparison and contrast, and call it a comparative essay. Why? In this section, you MUST write a summary of a given passage.. Paper 2 directions state that in this section you must write in "continuous prose", that is, you must write using paragraphs. It’s just the truth. Well because with Paper 1, we’re dealing with 4 texts, 2 of which we need to compare. A graphical illustration of how IB English Paper 2 texts should relate to each other. First, to compare and contrast effectively, you need to know your texts well enough that you can find similarities and differences in the micro-details and in the macro themes, in the characters and in the techniques. All you need is a couple sprinkles of guidance from a seasoned Paper 2 veteran (ahem). Explain your results in a logical sequence … The introduction and conclusion parts of your essay are where you need to be spending the least time writing. Natsume’s experience as an outsider in Britain, according to Caryl Philips, ‘helped him to become the fully mature and outstandingly gifted writer that he subsequently became’ (Phillips, R161). So. You can’t really expect to walk in there and think you’ll do well with half the knowledge on the books because you couldn’t be bothered to read it can you? You’re in the exam room. It’s how you’re going to really know what you’re talking about in the English Paper 2 exam. Therefore it’s more accommodating for a a generic structure that gives some form of comparison between the texts.