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