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  • 21 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Oliver, Unfortunately, as presented to me here, it would be seen as two texts. It needs to be only one text type. You can, for example, have multiple diary entries, or two letters, or emails back and forth. You can't have a newspaper...
  • 21 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    Criteria
    Hi Bairavi, The WT must come from the Part 3 or 4 texts studied in class. It can't be any text out there. I hope that clarifies things for you going forward. Best, Tim
  • 21 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    Works
    Hi Annabel, I would personally study 3 plays over 2 plays and short stories, but that is because I don't like working with short stories in Part 3 because I don't think they work well with Paper 2. That's a personal bias, but one that many...
  • 20 Jun elizabeth smith
    Planning
    Dear Tim Of course it helps thank you very much! Regards Elizabeth
  • 20 Jun Oliver Alexander
    WT1 Tips
    Hi guys, I have an SL student who has submitted to me a written task type one based on part four. She wants to use her understanding of Heaney's poetry. She has written a "lost" Heaney poem (which is very good imitation of his style and concerns)...
  • 20 Jun Bairavi Subramoney
    Criteria
    Hi guys, I read in your comments that if a student is basing WT2 on either part 1 or 2, then it should preferably be based on a non literary text. But if they choose to do WT2 on part 3 or 4, then do they have to base their task on only those...
  • 20 Jun Annabel Greve Kristensen
    Works
    Hello, I'm wondering if it would be a terrible idea to study three plays for Part 3. I'm thinking of The Crucible, No Exit, and Angels in America. Maybe I should swap out No Exit for some short short stories? I would really appreciate your...
  • 20 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    Requirements
    Hi Nanette, I would wholeheartedly echo David's sentiments here. It's best to stick to one poem or an extract from one poem. Best, Tim
  • 20 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    Planning
    Hi Elizabeth, Unfortunately, I don't have a reading list. I'm a firm believer in students getting choice in their free reading and I worry that by providing a list, students see it as required reading or the only reading that is valued. ...
  • 19 Jun elizabeth smith
    Planning
    Hello Tim and David Thank you so much for sharing your course outline. I noticed that you had a unit entitled reading for pleasure and for growth accompanied by a reading log. Are you willing to share your reading list ( I have always wanted...
  • 19 Jun David McIntyre
    Requirements
    Hi Maha, I really like Great Expectations. However, it is quite large/long, and you can make the argument that study time may be spent on other things. Also, since you have Shakespeare in part 4, and two genres across your course, assuming...
  • 19 Jun David McIntyre
    Requirements
    Hi Nanette, When you last wrote I was in transit. I am now sitting with the study guide, and a little more time. The study guide does not say that you cannot include more than one extract - as far as I can see. However, it does mention 'extract'...