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The InThinking resources really help me focus on what I need to be teaching my students. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by the Lang & Lit course, I go to the InThinking web site and it puts me back on track.

Aletha Rossiter, Renaissance College, China

Great resource site for teachers searching for ideas to set up or refresh their IB course. Its structure makes the site very accessible and easy to use, providing both theoretical knowledge and practical assignments to do in class. Highly recommended.

Annelet Lykles, Hermann Wesselink College, Netherlands

I've been teaching IB English Language and Lit for a couple of years now and David and Tim's site has always been an invaluable resource. Whether you're planning a curriculum, tackling coursework or preparing for assessment, InThinking is a one stop...

Shane, IB Teacher, Thailand

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Summer Reading 2019

20 June 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

June 6th Update

6 June 2019

David and I know you need "bodies of work" and it is something that we hear loud and clear. Once I hit summer vacation (still two more weeks... more

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  • 20 Jun John Skrzypczak
    Concepts (2021 exams)
    Hi Is it required or suggested that all 7 of these concepts are covered in the 2 year program? I guess then you would have to select one concept to examine the literary text and another concept for the non-literary text? I am just trying...
  • 20 Jun Rebecca Moss
    Course construction
    Hi Tim and David, I have a quick question which I wasn't sure where to ask: I am in the process of selecting texts and would like to teach One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun. On the PRL there is a female Korean writer listed as Hwang Jeong-eun....
  • 20 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    Requirements
    Hi Nate, In the 2021 course (the new one) I think the IB is technically calling it a literary "form" and that you need two of them in SL and three in HL. So while short story, graphic novel, and novels are all different genres, they all fall...
  • 20 Jun Nate Noorlander
    Requirements
    Thank you. Just to clarify--the 2020 syllabus prescribes 2 genres, 2 time periods, and 2 places. The PLA lists short stories and novel under the same genre of "prose," but under "genre" on the PLT, the list distinguishes between short stories,...
  • 19 Jun Tim Pruzinsky
    Extended Essay
    Hi Nelly, I'm putting my answers in number order just so they correlate with your questions. And thanks for the kind words about the site. 1. Yes, this would be a C3 EE as it is non-fiction. There's actually a self-help EE on the site...
  • 19 Jun Nelly Abravanel
    Extended Essay
    Note -- Regarding the my third question: I am referring to the Trump-Hillary presidential debates.
  • 19 Jun Nelly Abravanel
    Extended Essay
    Dear Tim, Thank you for such an amazing website. Can you please advise on the following? I have a student interested in studying the language used in Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Does such “self-help” literature...
  • 19 Jun Katharine Bryson
    Course Outlines
    Many thanks for your reassurance! Katharine
  • 19 Jun David McIntyre
    Course Outlines
    Hi Katharine, Thanks for subscribing to the site. As we move into the summer months, there will be lots of additions and updates prior to August - keep checking back. Your choices look good - there is a good range of voices. In my view, if...
  • 19 Jun David McIntyre
    Requirements
    Hi Nate, For the 2020 examination, there is no distinction between the short story and the novel. The distinction that does exist pertains to what constitutes a body of work - check the PLA. Here, you will see that a body of work is 5-10 short...
  • 19 Jun Katharine Bryson
    Course Outlines
    Hi David and Tim, Having looked again at your course outlines I saw that Han Kang was on your first HL suggestion and have now managed to find it on the PRL, which is great news. So I would probably swap A Doll's House for Human Acts in the...
  • 19 Jun David McIntyre
    Translation
    We'll replace it, Zara - thanks for pointing it out. It is in fact correct in the 'hidden box' - so you can cut and paste if you want it right now. Kind regards, David