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August Updates - New Individual Oral on the Site

15 August 2019

The InThinking English A: Language and Literature website is now fully functional for the new course with first exams in May of 2021. We spent... more

Summer Reading 2019

4 July 2019

We all have a lot going on in our lives. Compound that with a new IB curriculum starting in August (or January for others), and it can get... more

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  • 20 Aug Kathleent Wallerk
    Bodies of work
    Dear David, 1. I understand the teacher has to find non-literary texts that constitute a ‘body of work’ to support the IO and the HLE. However, I have also read that students are not permitted to use the teacher’s body of work material...
  • 20 Aug David McIntyre
    Bodies of work
    Hi Shorouk, Can I assume that you have in mind TFA for the IO and possibly HL essay? If this is so, you may wish to consider which kinds of lenses will filter your teaching - concepts, themes, global issues etc. There is enormous potential...
  • 20 Aug Shorouk Samy
    Bodies of work
    Dear David/Tim, Any suggestions on bodies of work that can be paired up with Things fall Apart? also, any resources on teaching students in year 1 literary analysis for paper 1 and 2?
  • 20 Aug David McIntyre
    Learner Portfolio
    Hi Paul, I see the point you are making, and you know your context and students. I don't. I think, then, that you need to make a call on this. I see, too, in Tim's response, a sense that you can continue to do what you always did. That may...
  • 20 Aug Susan Zimmermann
    Course Outlines
    Dear Tim and David, Thank you so much for your guidance. Take care, Susan Zimmermann
  • 20 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Learner Portfolio
    Hi Paul, It really depends on your context, your students, and what you and your department decide. I think providing feedback is important on the LP and the entries they do. I also don't want to do it on every single entry. Spot-checks...
  • 20 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Assessment
    Hi Tamara, Just to jump in here since I'm answering questions this morning. If this is for the IO (not the IOC), you'll want to help students pare it down to the essential for the task at hand. Having too much text is a bad idea and 40 panels...
  • 20 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Requirements
    Hi Elizabeth, When you get a moment, can you please explain what you mean by "current" syllabus? We are currently teaching both the 2020 syllabus (old course) and the 2021 syllabus (new course). If it's the old course, with exams in 2020,...
  • 20 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Requirements
    Hi Maria, Let's see if I can answer them. If not, please do ask IB Answers as we still need more clarity here. 1. No. It must be from a single author as NG identifies the author and/or photographer. 2. No . Same cartoonist is a must....
  • 20 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    P1 sample work
    Hi Jeff, It's our understanding that once a single question is placed on the exam, and because of the technical nature of the question, students will be well-advised to answer it. They don't have to, of course, but they would need to essentially...
  • 19 Aug Tamara Kreutz
    Assessment
    Thanks so much for your response David and I have a follow up question for you! How does the visual nature of a graphic novel translate to the 40 line prescription of the IOC? Would it be 40 lines of text in the novel? Would that be text regardless...
  • 19 Aug elizabeth smith
    Requirements
    Dear Tim and David Under the current syllabus I have selected the following Paper 2 texts it does mean SL will be responding to two plays but does this matter? I couldn’t read anywhere that this was disallowed,but I thought it best to check. The...