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Do your own thing14 February 2019

Maybe you just do your own thing! Mix and match what has been written about here. Do something else that hasn’t been suggested, but that you think is important. Connect to the local culture if you... more

Assessment14 February 2019

Don’t be afraid to break out of the IB mold! You could organize one literary unit of study around a non-IB assessment. You might value creative writing or actual live presentations in front of the... more

Interdisciplinary14 February 2019

If you have worked in with the Middle Years Programme you will be used to interdisciplinary units of study. All of a sudden, in the DP, those are lost. Bring them back! If students are studying an... more

Literature circles14 February 2019

Harvey Daniels (2002) wrote the definitive book about literature circles and read his work if you want to know more. It’s titled Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups.... more

IB core14 February 2019

Because the IB Core – Theory of Knowledge, CAS, and the Extended Essay – are so vital to an IB education, you could create a non-literary unit of study specifically connected to one aspect of the... more

One non-literary creator14 February 2019

Maybe you want to choose one non-literary “creator.” Perhaps you work with one photographer as the IB guide suggests (David LaChapelle) or an artist like Barbara Kruger. You would curate a variety... more

Literary theory14 February 2019

Perhaps you want to teach literary theory or critical lenses. This option might be for you. There are at least two different ways you could go about this. First, you might teach a specific theory like... more

Single text type14 February 2019

Organizing a non-literary unit of study around a single text type is another possibility. You might create a unit about the promotion of peace and you will include ten speeches over time that have argued... more

Concepts14 February 2019

Another popular option will be to have a non-literary unit of study around one or two of the seven concepts from the course. For example, you might create a unit of study around the idea of culture and... more

Topics14 February 2019

Another common way to organize a unit is around a “topic.” This will be an extremely popular choice and for good reason. It makes sense! There are so many things you could study in our course,... more