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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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  • 18 Aug David McIntyre
    Criteria
    Hi Rob, I know you have taught 'Slaughterhouse Five' - about which there was a recent article in 'The New Yorker' () - and 'The Things They Carried' before. Both are great, in my view, and there seems no problem in continuing to use them....
  • 18 Aug David McIntyre
    Course Outlines
    Hi Badia, It seems interesting and well considered. A few observations: Your course seems to suggest the potential for exploring identity, but perhaps often gender identity. That's not 'wrong', but try to ensure your course is not too heavily...
  • 17 Aug Kim Kriege
    Criteria
    Sorry, I am Rob Mark, not Kim Kriege logged into our department user name. Will try and get this sorted.
  • 17 Aug Kim Kriege
    Criteria
    Q: I plan to use the novel Slaughterhouse Five and the series of short stories/vignettes The Things They Carried for HL Paper 2 taught in Term 1 and 2 of Year 2.(2020-21) If, for example, I were to include the study of the film Paths of Glory...
  • 17 Aug Badia Askari
    Course Outlines
    Hi, Can you give me a little feedback on the following course outline: Standard Level Course Outline – Areas of Exploration Readers, Writers, and Texts Non-literary unit of study: Language, culture and identity Literary unit of study:...
  • 17 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Paper 2
    Hi Badia, Apologies, but I'm not sure I completely understand your question. Let me write a bunch and hopefully that does clear things up. If not, please do ask again. For their Paper 2, students must write a literary essay using 2 of the...
  • 17 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Individual oral
    Hi Amanda, My understanding is that is has to be continuous text. They can't choose 5 lines from chapter 1, 10 lines from chapter 5 and 25 lines from chapter 9. Best, Tim
  • 17 Aug Badia Askari
    Paper 2
    Greetings from Qatar, Can you please clarify something for me: In regards to SL Paper 2, are the 2 works for this external assessment to be selected from any of the 4 literary works studied as a course requirement?
  • 16 Aug Amanda DiBella
    Individual oral
    Do the 40 lines (for the extract) have to be consecutive or can they choose 20 lines from one page and 20 lines from another page?
  • 15 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Criteria
    Hi Emily, I personally think it would be tough. It's easier to write a Paper 2 about it: big ideas are all over the work and students love dealing with all the questions the play poses. For nitty-gritty commentary work though, I think it...
  • 15 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    PowerPoint Introductions
    Hi Pamela, We appreciate the kind words! It's great to hear what we've created is helping you in your classroom. Best, Tim
  • 15 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    IB core
    Hi Jo, Most of our TOK connections on the site are embedded within whatever lesson we are teaching. If you check out the "IB Core" section of the website, there are a ton of TOK lessons there. See if something there is what you are looking...