Part 3

  • Part 3: Literature - texts and contexts invites us to look at literary texts in the contexts in which they were written and read.
  • The requirements for Part 3 are presented in this section, along with suggestions on how to meet them. 
  • Strategies on how to meet the learning outcomes can also be found in this section. 

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Requirements Wednesday 6 November 2013

Part 3 - Literature: texts and contexts focuses on how context influences both the composition and the interpretation...


Outcomes Thursday 12 July 2012

Below are the three learning outcomes that should be met while studying Part 3 of the English A: Language...


Critical Discourse Analysis Tuesday 5 June 2012

By Debra William-Gualandi Critical discourse analysis (CDA) covers a number of methods and theoretical underpinnings...


Works Saturday 18 February 2012

The nature of Part 3 means that lessons are organized around literary works. Because Part 3 works should be contextually...


Theoretical reading Tuesday 27 December 2011

What is the philosophy behind Part 3: Literature - text and context? By reading more background information on literary...

Stylistics Tuesday 5 June 2012

By Debra Williams-Gualandi Stylistics as it has developed in the twentieth century may be considered the study of how...

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Comments 12

jonathan pitale 9 August 2016 - 10:24

Good day, Gentlemen.

I am bouncing some ideas around for my part 3 text and my question revolves around 'time and place'.

I recall the Lit course being very specific in the expectation that text choices span times and places but do not see the same language in the Lang/Lit Guide. While my choices over the two years (parts 3+4) have covered many times and places, many of my part 3 texts options happen to be 20th century based.

Just trying to set my own parameters here and I have many other options, but I'd appreciate your input on one possible SL pairing: "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" (SFC) and "The Bell Jar" (PLA). Both were written fairly close together (1962 and 1963, respectfully) but confront some similar societal themes, contexts, and realities quite differently.

Thanks for your continued support and great resources!
Jon P

jonathan pitale 9 August 2016 - 11:00

In regards to my last, I did just find a note in the guide (below). My above question still stands If these requirements are covered throughout the two parts.

From the Guide:
Further guidance: Parts 3 and 4
Teachers must comply with the requirements regarding literary genres, periods and, where applicable, place for parts 3 and 4 of the syllabus. At both SL and HL two genres, two places and two periods must be included in the school’s syllabus for parts 3 and 4. The definitions of “period” and “place” are included in the PLA for the language A studied.

Tim Pruzinsky 10 August 2016 - 00:13

Hi Jon,

The SL pairing that you have, if for Part 3 of the course, unfortunately doesn't work. I think the texts work well together on a number of levels. I think the students could write well about both. However, at SL, in Part 3, you must have a text in translation from the PLT. You'll have to get a text in translation in there at SL.

At HL, of course, once you add the PLT text, this will work as long as you have something in Part 4 of the course from a different time period (21st century or a Shakespeare play perhaps), a different place (i.e. not an American text), and a different genre (not a novel).

With some finesse, I think you'll be able to find 4 texts (SL) and 6 texts (HL) that you are excited about teaching and the students are pumped to read.


Jo Balci 7 September 2016 - 01:29

For Part 3 SL - Is Persepolis classed as a 20th or 21st Century text in translation?
I really hope the answer is 21st....if not could A Doll's House be paired with The Things They Carried (my 2nd text)

Tim Pruzinsky 7 September 2016 - 23:59

Hi Jo,

The PLT has it as written in 2000. I think it'll be okay to classify that as a 21st century text. So, it's up to you if you want to teach Persepolis or A Doll's House.


Syed Abbas 12 October 2016 - 14:19

I had asked earlier if Heart of Darkness (a novella) by j Conrad could eb sued a Part 3 work, & your said that it can be.
But can I use it as a standalone text in itself or do I need to complement it by another text in order to make up for it by virtue of it being a novella?
Thanks & regards

David McIntyre 13 October 2016 - 01:36

It will be fine on its own, Faheem.

At what point does a short story become a novella become a novel? You can't entirely know, so the issue becomes one of professional judgement.



Syed Abbas 12 October 2016 - 14:21


Is there any issue in using all prose for Part 3 works that do make for different geographies & time periods?

I do have a play, a prose work & an anthology of a poet in/for Part 4.

Thanks & regards

David McIntyre 13 October 2016 - 01:32

Hi Faheem,

The requirements for period, genre, and place are across parts 3 and 4 in combination. You can, therefore, have three novels in part 3.

Best regards,


Syed Abbas 13 October 2016 - 12:03

Thanks David.

jonathan pitale 17 November 2016 - 17:27

Good day, gentlemen!

I was wondering if you would recommend using two texts of the same genre in Part 3. I am currently slated to teach Carter's short stories, a novel, and a play ("Oedipus"), but we had a recent discussion surrounding the possibilities of replacing the novel with another play.

Your thoughts? Experiences?
Jon P

Ps-- found this site you might find interesting...I'm especially enjoying their fiction lists:
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Tim Pruzinsky 17 November 2016 - 23:24

Hi Jon,

It depends. I've tried both ways and like them about equally, but for different reasons. I would focus on your students when making the decision. Are they readily able to switch between genres and do they find it easy? Can they negotiate - in timed writing - the difference between a play and a novel, an author and a dramatist, the use of flashback using time and the use of flashback using light and sound? If so, pair the texts that work best in your eyes.

On the other hand, if you have students who struggle with these demands, who in a timed essay keep calling "Oedipus" a novel and aren't able to switch between discussing the chorus in the play and the narrator in a short story, I'd do the same genre.

I want to give my students the ability to shine in the exam and achieve their potential. That might mean different genres and that might mean the same genre. It depends and changes every year. I'd argue that you know your students and are in the best position to make that decision.

And thanks for the link: I plan on buying "Multiple Choice" which someone talked about on the site! Looks fascinating.


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