I'm so glad the IB oral commentaries are over - over for those who did them today at least, the people on wednesday still have theirs to go. I'm very, very glad that I wasn't on wednesday.
For the non-IBs, Oral commentaries go like thus:
1. Pick three texts (in our case, Macbeth, Jane Eyre and Sylvia Plath poems)
2. Study the three texts over the course of a term.
3. Pick passages/poems from the texts.
4. Students study these passages for main concerns, imagery patterns, how it relates to the text as a whole, etc, etc. We ended up with seven passages, but here's the catch - you don't know which passage you'll actually be talking about until you open the envelope you pick on the day. You then get twenty minutes to annotate/plan/prepare, and then you speak an oral that should go for twelve minutes. And then the teacher asks you questions for a further three minutes.
, I don't think mine went too badly. I got Tulips
by Sylvia Plath, which is hard in that there's so much to analyse. I eventually went for tone and imagery patterns, although I was a bit thrown by the question at the end about rhythm in the poem, seeing as I hadn't looked at that at all... *sheepish*
But it's over now, and in the meantime I've got a lovely shiny Doctor icon. *points* And I hope that a new layout will follow soon.
Onwards to Death of a Salesman, and then to exams!