Assessment Calendar First Semester 2016


Date Type of evaluation Description
March 23 Performance Assessment Interview to a Gamer
April 6 Test and Open Tasks IB Paper 1 – 4 texts
April 27 Test and Open Tasks IB Paper 2 on Blogs
May 18 Performance Assessment IB Written Assignment
June 8 Performance Assessment IB Interactive Oral Activity
June 22 Test and Open Tasks Trailer based on reader

China’s Web Junkies

Watch the following video and then, answer the questions below:

1.- When was Internet addiction declared a clinical disorder in China?
2.- How many hours of Internet a day, as a leisure activity, will make a person addicted?
3.- What is a common reason for a child to become addicted?
4.- Why do you think the last person interviewed states that his child became cruel?





1.- 2008
2.- 6
3.- Loneliness
4.- Answers may vary

Assessment criteria for a personal response (original sample)

The aim of paper 2 is to assess the student’s ability to communicate accurately in writing for a variety of purposes. It requires the student to demonstrate his or her productive skills.

HL paper 2 is divided into two sections.

  • Section A (250–400 words): Based on the options—customs and traditions, cultural diversity, health, leisure, science and technology
  • Section B (150–250 words): Based on the core—social relationships, communication and media, global issues

In section B, the student writes a reasoned argument in response to a stimulus text dealing with a topic linked to the core. The text could be a news report or a comment by a public figure. The response should engage with details of the text in order to develop some coherent discussion of the topic area, informed by what has been learned during the study of the core. There is no prescribed answer—what is assessed is the student’s ability to express his or her reflection on, or personal response to, the stimulus.

The examples of student work are based on the following task.

Write an essay based on the following statement using between 150 and 250 words.

In recent years we have been predicting that printed newspapers will disappear. With the latest digital editions of newspapers being widely read, it seems clear that the printed newspaper format will disappear.

Sample here: HLp2_example3_e

Examiner comments

Criterion A: Language

The syntax is generally correct and complex structures are attempted. Some sentences, however, are too long. For example, paragraph 4 is a single sentence. Despite some errors (eg “introducement”), the vocabulary is generally good (“high levels of CO2”, “control the size of the font”).

Criterion B: Argument

This is a clearly organized and well developed argument. A position is clearly taken and reasons given to support it with a counter-argument (introduced in paragraph 4), which is then rebutted. There are appropriate linkers, which signpost the course of the argument clearly. However, there is slight repetition at times, which weakens the force of the points made.

Is Google Killing Your Memory?


Do you think Google is killing your memory? Do you Social Media is changing the way your brain works? Do you think Google/the Internet is making us dumber?

Watch the following video and answer these questions:

  1. What is non-declarative memory?
  2. What is declarative memory?
  3. What is the Google effect?
  4. What is transactive memory?
  5. In what ways has declarative memory changed with the Internet (Google, Wikipedia, etc.)
  6. What happens in our brains when reading a book or searching online?
  7. Sharing the work of remembering is making us ___________________________
  8. Why is the example of the flight presented?

Go to EC p.14 and complete the table arguments either agreeing or disagreeing with the title “Google is making you Dumber”.


What are these photographs referring to?

Click on the following image to see a video


Hashtag Notification Concept

How can we share more with people? How can you stop using your phones? How can people stop depending on internet connection?

Use your imagination and “tweet” on the following padlet Link the answer to the previous questions in no more than 140 characters.

NEXT: English for the IB Diploma Activities  pp. 4-7

The Chase (vocabulary)

Curdle: to go wrong; turn bad or fail.

Heavyduty: Improved.

Allegedly: Accordingly.

Backdrop: The curtain in a theatre.

Canvas: A piece of this or similar material on which a painting is made.

Sweeps: A swinging or curving movement or stroke, as of the arm, a weapon, an oar, etc.

Gantry: A framelike stand for supporting a barrel or cask.

Cantilevered out: (transitive) to construct (a building member, beam, etc) so that it isfixed at one end only.

Clenched: Closed.

Ledge: A relatively narrow, projecting part, as a horizontal, shelflike projectionon a wall or a raised edge on a tray.

Splayed: Spread out.

Carousel: A continuously revolving belt, track or other device on which items areplaced for later retrieval.

Multifarious: Having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.

Dug out: Removed.

Aides: Assistants or helpers.

Pursuit: The act of pursuing.

Muster: Collect.

Stance: Emotional position.