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Poetry and Film free15 March 2018
At the 2018 Academy Awards, Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane won the Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film. It is a gorgeously animated movie, and one that students are bound to love too. There’s something... more
Why is the World so Peaceful?free8 March 2018
Here is a question:Why is there so much peace in the world?You may think that the question is an unusual one, and you may even be mildly (or not so mildly) offended by it. After all, you may counter,... more
This exemplar comes from the May 2017 exam session. It addresses the question many students chose to answer that year:Question 3: To what extent do at least two of the works you have studied show that... more
Is English going to the dogs? Part 226 February 2018
The following page continues from and extends the lesson activities in Is English going to the dogs? Part 1. In other words, it’s Part 2. Like the earlier page, the activities are intended to encourage... more
2016 P2 HL (The Bluest Eye and Ghosts - Exemplar 1)18 February 2018
Paper 2 sets high expectations for students. They must not only answer a specific question and demonstrate their knowledge of the texts through their answer, but they must also connect their response... more
#MeToo - Gender and Power (Part 3)15 February 2018
This is the third post dealing specifically with the #MeToo Movement. The first post, here, focuses on the words of the victims, giving them a voice. Salma Hayek and Rose McGowan, in an opinion editorial... more
Writing for a Reader: A Rewriting Activity8 February 2018
Here is a simple activity that can help your students write with greater brevity, and with sensitivity for genre and the intended reader.As teachers, we certainly want students, most frequently, to write... more
Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, and Fake News - Part 11 February 2018
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
#MeToo - Gender and Power (Part 2)1 February 2018
#MeToo has been splashed over front page headlines, taken center stage at the Golden Globes, and been endlessly discussed and debated on Twitter. In 2017, Time magazine even named “The Silence Breakers”... more