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The Language of Migration - Australian Editionfree11 May 2017

In August 2016, the Guardian Australia published a a damning investigative article titled “The Nauru Files." The journalists chronicled significant human rights abuses of asylum seekers on the island... more

WT 1: From Idea to Text (The Kite Runner)free4 May 2017

This Written Task (WT) 1 and associated teaching materials have been submitted to InThinking by Max Clark, a teacher at the Yew Chung International School in Hong Kong.The materials, which guide students... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: Video Games27 April 2017

In 2003, James Paul Gee writes What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Because he is a well-respected Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the book exploded... more

2016 Paper 1 (SL) "Aggressiveness and Readiness Gestures"20 April 2017

In 2015 I started teaching a class of 17 students. Like all classes I have ever taught, the students were of mixed ability, and their personalities and motivations were varied. Within a few months, however,... more

Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, and Fake News - Part 313 April 2017

This is the last post of a three part series helping students investigate our current media landscape. The first set of materials dealt with the term post-truth and the larger idea of objective truth.... more

Faction6 April 2017

At the time of writing, the InThinking Language and Literature website has published a number of pages focusing on fake news and so-called ‘alternative facts’ (here and here, for example). We hope... more

Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, and Fake News - Part 231 March 2017

"Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods," said Chuck Todd, the host of Meet the Press on NBC in response to a statement by Kellyanne Conway. And so began a new media firestorm about truth,... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: At the Hofbräuhaus26 March 2017

If you are a teacher of English Language and Literature, you will have read a lot. And then some. So, it may be challenging for you to identify a favourite book; a book that is, in your informed estimation,... more

Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, and Fake News - Part 126 March 2017

How do IB Language and Literature teachers respond to fake news, alternative facts, and a supposedly post-truth landscape? We continue to do what we have always done: help students navigate the world... more

Rewriting9 March 2017

A creative way to encourage students to become interested in the choices writers make is to ask them to rewrite a text or text extract. This could be done by substituting one genre for another. However,... more