Freedom! Unit Planning in the New Language and Literature Course
Thursday 14 February 2019
Before providing different two-year course outlines, I wanted to start with the sheer variety of what you can do in the new course in terms of unit planning. When I think of units, I am normally thinking of 3-7 weeks with a focus on something very specific.
Previously, in the old course (final exams in 2020), students had to study “Parts” and those parts were connected to specific outcomes with specific topics of study listed. In some ways, the units became almost planned for us. Because they don’t exist anymore, the course is really wide open in big, beautiful ways.
There’s so much freedom now and I for one find that empowering.
You’ll find the various ways we at InThinking believe you can organize individual units of study – and they are immense. Please remember that there isn’t one right way and there are many possible ways to create individual units. And please remember that while we are suggesting various ways to go about your unit planning, you must always adhere to and fulfill the IB requirements. You can’t cheat the system.
This link will take you to the “Types of Units” page. It shows you how you can begin to think about organizing your course. We hope this gets you mulling over new ways of doing things and collaborating with your colleagues in your departments about what is possible.