LO6 and LO7

On a  worldwide level, looking at the coronavirus as a global issue it is interesting to see the degree to which it is able to affect issues on a degree of detail we perhaps never even thought about. There’s the obvious examples of course, us not being able to go to service at Apex Harmony Lodge due to the virus for example but even more so, although we weren’t able to go there for project week, it was quite surprising to hear how Blue Dragon did have to suspend many of their rescue operations until after the virus due to tighter border controls and it being harder to bring over people from China. The interesting consideration here though is what might happen if we AREN’T a rare generation. If there’s a virus outbreak every year like this will the world resume doing what the world does at some point? On one hand of course, we would start having to normalise eventually under such a scenario. But at the same time, if the virus is bad enough to close down schools and so on now, it would still be bad enough to close down schools even if there were 10 more such outbreaks in the next 10 years. Ethically speaking that’s quite interesting because if that were to happen, the fatality rate might stay the same but people’s perceptions might change. There are plenty of conditions after all (natural aging for starters) that most of society has come to accept after all due to how prevalent it is. It isn’t quite considered a global emergency that the biggest killer of humans is natural aging because there’s so much of it and if the outbreaks don’t end and we have corona 2, then corona 3, on to corona x… we will likely see a situation in which even though the facts of the situation might remain roughly similar, the response to it could drastically shift. I doubt that society as a whole is ready to adjust their schedule to such a degree that we would have permanent social distancing and online school. At the same time however, in some higher risk cases: elderly homes for instance, we might see drastic changes. Under such a scenario where there’s always a virus it may very well be that some of our service with the elderly may have to permanently end as we would likely be doing more harm than good. In the more generic sense though, it’s interesting to think that the virus isn’t actually so bad that if the situation were to  continue indefinitely we would fundamentally change our way of life. Though that being said, the situation we are in with mandated social distancing and all has given free reign to governments around the world to exercise a  degree of power that they might not have been able to get away with otherwise… if the virus doesn’t end, it would be too easy to perpetually excuse an expansion of executive power even in so called western democracies and we would likely all be worse off for it.

Oral Practice Plan Feedback

General (Class) Feedback:

  1. Mentioning writers
  2. Genre-specific terms
  3. Cohesion – a developing line of argument

Specific Feedback

  1. Technical terms: Foil
  2. You maintain an insightful comparative approach here
  3. Focus on craft: Shamsie characterises Isma as…
  4.  So, maintain focus on writers to ensure your analysing their craft AND technical terms – these will be helpful prompts for your 10

Target: Maintain focus on writer to analyse craft and technical terms

Guiding Questions: Antigone and Home Fire

-In what ways does the author offer insights and challenges into religious and cultural practices?

-To what extent does the impact of the text shape our implicit perception of troubling world?

-How does understanding of context (social/political/historical/cultural) influence or shape our understanding of the text and its implications?

-How do elements of the contemporary novel shape our understanding of concepts within the text?

HL Practice Essay Feedback

General Feedback:

1) Write the question and focus on it. Link to Readers, Writers and Texts as well as Time and Space.

2) Introduce your text and ensure there is a common thread throughout the essay. Also, be selective, focus on the writer and don’t retell the story.

3) Be concise. Quote properly and effectively.

4) Ensure to have both literary and topic based sources. Let the experts speak for you


Specific Feedback:

  1. Be a critical reader of your secondary sources- don’t just take them as fat. Challenge/support them.
  2. Ensure you format quotations consistently and accurately

Also note: Just page number and year for actual text being written about (in text citations). When selecting secondary reading, go literary, not just historical.

Goal: Challenge and support secondary sources and ensure the sources are more literary and less historical.


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