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  • 3 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Bodies of Work - A Curated List
    HI Ryan, The Liza Donnelly cartoons might work - give them a look. You might also want something not so obvious: the Michelle Obama speeches, any of the photographers, or the artwork by Sara Rahbar or Barbara Kruger could work too. Finally,...
  • 3 Aug Ryan Burgess
    Bodies of Work - A Curated List
    Dear David & Tim - I am about to start teaching Sophocles' Antigone for the first time, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions for non-literary bodies of work to pair with it? Thanks so much, -Ryan
  • 2 Aug David McIntyre
    Area of exploration
    Correct, April. However, it is entirely possible to insert a body of work into this unit of study, focusing on breadth (a range of writers), but also considering in more depth the writing of one individual. You can, here at least, have your...
  • 2 Aug David McIntyre
    Literary theory
    Hi April, There is no requirement to teach literary theory. Teachers are divided on the issue of whether or not theory should inform their courses. My own view is that inserted judiciously into a course of study it can have value/utility,...
  • 2 Aug David McIntyre
    Bodies of Work - A Curated List
    We cannot answer questions of this type unequivocally, April, and you may wish to direct your question to IB Answers. Note that essays can be considered both literary and non-literary. If the author is on the PRL (which, I think, Pope isn't)...
  • 2 Aug David McIntyre
    Bodies of Work - A Curated List
    Hi April, 1. You've got the gist, but this is not quite right. You need to allocate, more or less, equal time to the study of literary and non-literary works/bodies of work. In a 'normal' year of study where there is a Paper 2 exam, you might...
  • 2 Aug April Gudenrath
    Bodies of Work - A Curated List
    Hello - another question. I would like to use Alexander Pope's essays, but his most famous one - Essay on Man- is written as a poem in heroic couplets. Can I still use it as non-literary?
  • 2 Aug April Gudenrath
    Area of exploration
    With the example given above, it could not be considered a body of work as it is from different authors correct?
  • 2 Aug April Gudenrath
    Literary theory
    Where would literary theory belong in the syllabus and what is the tie to the assessments? Thank you.
  • 2 Aug April Gudenrath
    Bodies of Work - A Curated List
    Hello! I have a few questions that I hope you can help me with: 1. I am struggling with this non-literary text idea. I have to create a body of non-literary text for each of the 4/6 literary works correct? 2. And then I can use other non-literary...
  • Hi Dave, To answer your first question, yes, "there is a new expectation to answer a guiding question and that that question (either the one the IB provides or the student creates) should more or less be addressed in a fairly clear thesis...
  • 2 Aug Tim Pruzinsky
    Extended Essay
    Hi Simran, The book of short stories - called Nine Stories in the US, but called "For Esme" in the rest of the world - is fine to use. I think one short story (if it's just the "For Esme" short story itself) is probably not enough for an...