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10 October 2019

This week, I've been working on updating the March for Our Lives materials we have on InThinking. In updating the materials, I've added two... more

Fake News, Bodies of Work, and Oh So Many Questions

12 September 2019

This week, I’ve been focusing on updating our resources and lessons around “fake news.” I’ve broken it up into a four-part unit. ... more

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  • One potential spanner with the selected BOW texts. I have been informed by the workshop leader who visited our school that the IB will be clarifying that a Body of Work needs to be both the same authorship and text type. Yikes!
  • I've found my students to respond to this topic with great enthusiasm. Another potential body of work for this concept could be This American Life episode 592 and 593; both are focused on various first-hand experiences of refugees in Greece.
  • Thanks for this. However, with many of the ads having a sexual undertone/link to condoms, I will not be able to use them as I teach in the Middle East
  • 19 Oct Eadaoin O'Boyle
    Hello, For the FOA, are students allowed to present on a work in translation? They would be analyzing a piece in that has been translated into English. Thanks!
  • 19 Oct Lea Heiberg
    WT2 Tips
    Thank you, David. Best, Lea
  • 19 Oct Dorina Chatzilia
    Hello! I have 6 students at HL and 2 at SL and we just did the IOC. The students picked a random extract from an envelop, but only 2 out of the 3 works we studied at HL were picked. Is this going to create me an issue with the IBO? Thank you! Theodora
  • 19 Oct Sakthi Devi Sridhar
    Global issues
    Thanks so much David
  • 18 Oct Amanda DiBella
    Individual oral
    Thank you! One more question -- what if it is a film adapted from a novel, e.g. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Technically this would be non-literary since we would be looking at stills at the screenplay, not the novel itself, correct?
  • 18 Oct Jelena Nikodinoska Chapovska
    Individual oral
    Hi, Would poetry slam (let's say 5 performances by the same artist) be considered non-literary?
  • 18 Oct Julie Wood
    Individual oral
    We have selected the following literary and non-literary pairings: Caged Bird (literary) and When They See Us (non-literary) Persepolis (literary) and Iran Talks (podcast) (non-literary) Handmaid’s Tale (literary) and the me too movement...
  • 18 Oct David McIntyre
    WT2 Tips
    Hello Lea, Yes, a student can use the same text/author for both WT2 and FOA. WTs must be based on what students have studied in class. You have, perhaps, some latitude to decide what 'studied in class' means. Kind regards, David
  • Hi Emily, I'm not sure of your point. Can you clarify, please? Kind regards, David