Category: How to structure your responses to 10mark and 16mark EAQs

16mark Extended Answer Questions…Support From Geoschooley

16mark Extended Answer Questions…Support From Geoschooley

 

 

The “Sixteen Marker” in the Geography IB –

This type of exam style question can be found on the HL paper 3 assessment in the b) section of each question :

Paper 3 HL part b) Maximum mark 16 (4 marks per band)

The level descriptors per markband below describe characteristics of a typical response appropriate to a specific mark range. Verbs in bold in the criteria refer to the command terms. For the full definition, please refer to the “Glossary of command terms” section of your syllabus on GeoSchooley

Paper 3 part b) HL markbands

Access below link and go to pages 62,63 and 64 to see more info from the syllabus guide.

IB Geography syllabus 2019

 

How to approach the 16mark question in your exams…”Ultimately a similar approach to the 10 and 12 EAQs, but with one big difference – YOU NEED MORE OF THE DEA!!!

 

 

  • Greater DESCRIPTION of your points within your discussion
  • Greater EXPLANATION of your geographical reasoning
  • Greater ANALYSIS of your case studies applied

 

With the 16mark question in your exams on paper 3, you should be aiming to give yourself approximately 35minutes for this type of question – that gives you 5minutes to draft a bullet point plan for how you are going to answer the question and 30mins to write your response…

***REMEMBER DIAGRAMS, SKETCH MAPS, & THEORETICAL MODELS SHOULD BE APPLIED IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND ITS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR RESPONSE***

 

 

The introduction to your response:

  • Try to provide an opening statement that deals with answering the question straight away – giving your opinion which will help set the tone your response (the IB love a balanced opinion/piece of writing that looks at different perspectives)
  • Introduce any case studies or examples (they will state what they want in the question) in this section to help set the context of your discussion and support your response – but do not go into to too much detail yet
  • Identify any key terminology that could be defined to help show your understanding, but keep definitions concise
  • Highlight the key factors /points (this should be at least 5 or 6)you are going to discuss at the end of this section – these will form the basis of each paragraph of discussion, showing the examiner where you plan to take your response
  • Minimum 10- 12 lines (if you want to put a line count on it)

 

 

Now the main body:

  • Dive into describing and discussing your first key factor/point from your introduction
  • Apply the relevant case study/example to support your point made
  • Evaluate the case study/example you have provided, giving your opinion about it and to gain further marks, bring in a contradictory case study/example so that you allow for a different perspective within your discussion
  • Where you can, use the key terminology that you have already identified and other terms from your lessons, this will show your understanding, help you to be concise and demonstrate your Geography skill!
  • Minimum 7- – 8 paragraphs for this section

REPEAT THIS STRUCTURE FOR 5 or 6 FACTORS YOU ARE GOING TO DISCUSS IN YOUR RESPONSE, MAKING SURE YOU ARE WELL STRUCTURED, COHERENT AND ABOVE ALL, LINKING BACK TO AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION YOU HAVE CHOSEN…

 

 

Finish off with a strong conclusion:

  • Start the conclusion by referring back to the original question and answering with you own geographical opinion
  • Sum up the key elements to your discussion, highlighting the case studies/examples you have used and any significant points (make sure to give a balanced perspective on this)
  • Think about the future! What might be the future implications of what you have discussed? How might other areas of your Geography course come into the discussion? Where might the UNSDGs fit in?
  • Minimum 10-12 lines for this section

Just a tip – its always good to start your planning with a key word/phrase/examples/case study bank – this is something you can create in your 5mins of planning to help you refer back to during to answering of the question in the exam

PLEASE ACCESS THE MATERIAL BELOW TO SOME EXAMPLE 16 mark responses from IB GEOGRAPHY PAPERS…(these received excellent grading in the exams)

 

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Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. (William Shakespeare)

The below link can take you directly to the IB Geography 2019 Course Website  where you can find guides, practice material and assessments…

https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/proof/apps/dpapp/index.html?doc=d_3_geogr_gui_1702_1_e

 

 

10mark Extended Answer Questions – Support From Geoschooley…

10mark Extended Answer Questions – Support From Geoschooley…

 

The “Ten Marker” in the Geography IB –

This type of exam style question can be found on paper 1 at the end of each optional question and in section 3 of paper 2 for SL and HL students:

 

The markbands for the 10mark question can be found below (source: www.ibo.org)

Access below link and go to pages 56,57 and 58 to get larger versions of markbands:

IB Geography syllabus 2019

 

How to approach the 10mark question in your exams…

With the 10mark question in your exams, either on paper 1 or paper 2, you should be aiming to give yourself approximately 30minutes for this type of question – that gives you 5minutes to draft a bullet point plan for how you are going to answer the question and 25mins to write your response…

***REMEMBER DIAGRAMS, SKETCH MAPS, & THEORETICAL MODELS SHOULD BE APPLIED IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND ITS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR RESPONSE***

 

 

The introduction to your response:

  • Try to provide an opening statement that deals with answering the question straight away – giving your opinion which will help set the tone your response (the IB love a balanced opinion/piece of writing that looks at different perspectives)
  • Introduce any case studies or examples (they will state what they want in the question) in this section to help set the context of your discussion and support your response – but do not go into to too much detail yet
  • Identify any key terminology that could be defined to help show your understanding, but keep definitions concise
  • Highlight the key factors /points (this should be at least 5 or 6)you are going to discuss at the end of this section – these will form the basis of each paragraph of discussion, showing the examiner where you plan to take your response
  • Minimum 8 – 10 lines (if you want to put a line count on it)

 

 

Now the main body:

  • Dive into describing and discussing your first key factor/point from your introduction
  • Apply the relevant case study/example to support your point made
  • Evaluate the case study/example you have provided, giving your opinion about it and to gain further marks, bring in a contradictory case study/example so that you allow for a different perspective within your discussion
  • Where you can, use the key terminology that you have already identified and other terms from your lessons, this will show your understanding, help you to be concise and demonstrate your Geography skill!
  • Minimum 5-6 paragraphs for this section

REPEAT THIS STRUCTURE FOR 5 or 6 FACTORS YOU ARE GOING TO DISCUSS IN YOUR RESPONSE, MAKING SURE YOU ARE WELL STRUCTURED, COHERENT AND ABOVE ALL, LINKING BACK TO AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION YOU HAVE CHOSEN…

 

 

Finish off with a strong conclusion:

  • Start the conclusion by referring back to the original question and answering with you own geographical opinion
  • Sum up the key elements to your discussion, highlighting the case studies/examples you have used and any significant points (make sure to give a balanced perspective on this)
  • Think about the future! What might be the future implications of what you have discussed? How might other areas of your Geography course come into the discussion? Where might the UNSDGs fit in?
  • Minimum 8-10 lines for this section

Just a tip – its always good to start your planning with a key word/phrase/examples/case study bank – this is something you can create in your 5mins of planning to help you refer back to during to answering of the question in the exam

PLEASE ACCESS THE MATERIAL BELOW TO SOME EXAMPLE 10 mark responses from IB GEOGRAPHY PAPERS…(these received excellent grading in the exams)

 

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