Using your recollections of the seminar and your notes, draft a reply to this post. Share important insights you said or heard in your class’s discussion. If you happen to reply later rather than sooner, take into consideration the replies of your peers and try to add something new to the conversation.
I also want you to reply to comments already on the blog. Post a reply to one of my replies (of your peers), exploring further possibilities pertaining to that post.
For the three replies (including the first reply), I will assess you using the IB Assessment Criteria for Criterion A: Content and Criterion C: Style and Language.
I want to share with you two example replies so you could see how I would assess them using the IB Assessment Criteria:
Andrew Kingsley on September 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm said:
When Nora was rehersing her Tarantella with Helmer and Ranke. There was a sense of dominance. As if Helmer, beign a man, was all wise and knowing of how the dance was supposed to be performed. Also, when Nora actually performed the Tarantella, her servile attitude toawrds it all, can make the reader question whether or not she was dancing for the pleasure of Ranke and Helmer. At this point in the play, the message was clear: as a woman, she was made to please and serve. This also pertains to the way Helmer treats Nora, using words like “Skylark and Spendthrift” to imply that all women are elegant and whimsical creatures who’s lucrative lifestyles waste all of your money.
Criterion A: Content (8) Criterion C: Syle and Language (7). I want to highlight that in Andrew’s reply he “demonstrates a mastery of register and style” but because there are noticeable errors, I judged it at a 7 instead of probably a 9 otherwise.
Chloe Smithson on September 19, 2012 at 1:56 am said:
It looks as though all of the comments about discourse point out Helmer’s expectations of Nora to “perform gender,” but no one has pointed out the fact that she hoped and expected him to come to her rescue if something bad were to happen. She was expecting him to perform gender as the manly hero. It almost seems like she realized that she didn’t have to perform gender when he refused to.
Criterion A: Content (9) Criterion C: Style and Language (7). Chloe’s reply illuminates a new understanding of what it means to “perform gender” in the discourse of A Doll’s House. I also want to note that her response is free of spelling and grammatical errors, but in contrast to Andrew’s response does not quite display the same level of nuanced diction and syntax.
Both Andrew and Chloe’s replies are insightful, and you will notice that I have replied to their replies (which make them eligible for further discussion).
Please keep your replies under 100 words in length. The majority of replies contained spelling and/or grammatical errors. Please be mindful that you are writing in a public, academic space. If your replies have noticeable errors, I will email you, notifying you of the need to edit your post.