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Site Reorganization

Thursday 31 December 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, so too ends the first iteration of the Language and Literature course.  With that in mind, we’ve reorganized the site.  Please note that nothing of substance has been lost!  We’ve kept all of the resources, materials, exemplar material and more on the site from the 2020 course.  What we have deleted are the specific details to the old course that are no longer necessary.

Below is a screenshot of what the site headings looked like on Wednesday, January 30th:

And this is a screenshot of what the site now looks like:

While it looks like we’ve just deleted everything, we haven’t!  Instead, in our reorganization, everything from the 2020 course is now filed under the unoriginal name “The old course (2013-2020 exams).”   

At the time of first teaching, in 2011, the Language and Literature course was a complete unknown.  Because it was a completely new course, many of us felt out of our element.  We had to learn about the difference between Written Task 1 and Written Task 2.  We had to figure out how to conduct two Further Oral Activities.  We had to send in some information for moderation, but not other information.  It felt overwhelming at times.     

Now, of course, many of us feel that again with the current iteration of the course.  The Individual Oral and the Higher Level Essay are new.  Bodies of work are still are still causing confusion to some.  And, of course, we have no idea how all of this will be examined.  It’s like we’ve gone back in time to 2011! 

Please note that David and I are here to help and support.  For example, we’ve realized that the bodies of work requirement has been a difficult task to tackle.  To that end, we have curated over 20 bodies of work on the site (see below) and we will continue to curate even more.  Just punch the author into the search engine and you’ll find the corresponding page as needed.    

Finally, as this post comes to an end, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!    


Tim and David

Bodies of work

  • Michelle Alexander opinion editorials (about race and mass incarceration)
  • Nicolas Kristof opinion editorials (about nature)
  • Jose Antonio Vargas opinion editorials (often about immigration)
  • Caitlin Flanagan articles in The Atlantic (often about gender)
  • Rick Reilly sports columns (connected to global issues and the UN’s SDGs)
  • Michelle Obama speeches
  • Emma Gonzalez speeches (from March for Our Lives – gun control)
  • George Monbiot essays
  • The documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay (about mass incarceration)
  • Photographs from Charles Moore (from the Civil Rights Era in the US)
  • Photographs from Bill Hudson (from the Civil Rights Era in the US)
  • Garry Winogrand photographs
  • Liza Donnelly cartoons (about gender)
  • The Sun editorials
  • Jose Antonio Vargas interviews (about immigration)
  • Barbara Kruger artwork
  • Sara Rahbar artwork
  • PSAs produced by Tarana Burke of the #MeToo Movement
  • PSAs produced by/for March for Our Lives
  • Nike TV commercials
  • Dove Advertising campaign

        Tags: Tim, reorganization, headings, bodies of work

        Comments 7

        WNC van Wissen 4 January 2021 - 12:18

        Thanks for re-organizing the site. Much clearer now!
        Thanks for your suggestions for Bodies of Work, too. I have a question about the BOW:
        One of my students would like to choose a fragment from A Dry White Season (André Brink) and a speech by MLKing. However, MLKing is on the PRL and thus his speeches are not suitable for a non-lit. work. How about Obama's speeches though? Both Barak and Michelle have published books, too, or are these not considered literary and can their speeches therefore be taken as non-lit. texts?

        Kind regards,

        WNC van Wissen 4 January 2021 - 12:48

        Sorry, Barack Obama...

        Tim Pruzinsky 4 January 2021 - 13:43

        Hi Carla,

        If you are talking about the Individual Oral, you are correct: MLK speeches are out as the student would be comparing literature to literature since MLK is on the PRL. However, as neither Obama is on the PRL, either would work for their speeches. These are non-literary. However, there is a more fine line drawn with memoirs. You will, as a professional, have to decide if either Obama memoir is literature or non-fiction. Personally, I would be more inclined to consider them both literature, but in cases which are grey, the IB leaves it up to the individual teacher. Please remember that you will have had to "teach" these non-literary texts in class for students to use them. My guess, for example, is that you haven't taught Barack Obama's memoir as it was just published, but I could be wrong.

        Finally, we have a bunch of Michelle Obama speeches on the site. You can find them here:


        WNC van Wissen 5 January 2021 - 16:10


        Alayna Garvin 4 January 2021 - 20:44

        Hi Tim,
        Thank you so much for all of the wonderful work on this site! I really appreciate the organization update and all the resources you've collected on this site.
        I am working with photographs now with Year 1 students, and I came across artists I wanted to suggest for the Bodies of Work photography section, Zanele Muholi and Fabrice Monteiro. As part of our school's engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion I'm focusing on bringing perspectives that have previously been excluded from the curriculum as I curate texts this year. I would be happy to share the slides I'm working on if you're interested.

        David McIntyre 5 January 2021 - 05:18

        Hi Alanya,

        We're always happy to see your work, Alayna, particularly where there is an emphasis on widening perspectives. We don't publish much work on our site from other teachers - we sometimes do. If you would like it to be considered for publication, it should have an obvious relevance to teachers and (often) it should have an application for classroom use (where teachers can use the materials with students, or modify the materials for their own circumstances).

        Kind regards,


        Ian Meyskens 14 January 2021 - 15:13

        Hello Alayna,

        I am a member of our school's newly formed D.E.I. committee and also a Lang./Lit. instructor. I'm especially interested in your developing BOW: Muholi and Monteiro. I'm in agreement with David and Tim's main blog post (above) that defining the edges of the BOW component has been challenging. Thank you.

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