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WT1 HL S6 (The Black Cat)2 March 2017

Written Task 1 is a bit like the Wild West: wide open, extremely exciting and well, potentially very dangerous. Students have an almost unlimited number of options and possibilities available to them.... more

Controversy: Adele versus Beyonce 16 February 2017

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2017, Adele swept all five categories in which she was nominated. Most controversial was her win in album of the year over Beyonce's "Lemonade." In... more

2016 Paper 1 (HL) Chevrolet Cars9 February 2017

The November 2016 HL Paper 1 exam included a surprise. Instead of two different text types, united through a shared theme or concern, one of the pairings presented two (different) advertisements, both... more

2016 Paper 1 (SL) "Diary: Listening to the Heart"7 February 2017

This commentary comes from the May 2016 Standard Level Paper 1 exam. It analyzes the text "Diary: Listening to the Heart” by Gavin Francis in the London Review of Books. You can find a link to the... more

The Orator: 21 Questions26 January 2017

On the 21st of January 2009, I drove my car into my yard, and parked it just outside my house. Typical for northern Sweden in January, it was cold and snowy outside, and so I left my car engine running... more

"I, too, sing America": 5 Significant Michelle Obama Speeches19 January 2017

As the Obama era comes to a close in the United States, much has been made - and rightly so - about his abilities as an orator. Websites and newspapers are ranking his top speeches, comparing them to... more

2016 P2 SL (Hedda Gabler and Master Harold and the Boys)13 January 2017

Question number one from the May 2016 Paper 2 exam is a tough one: “Identify some of the forms intolerance can take, and discuss how its effects on both the victims and the intolerant are presented... more

WT SL (Nineteen Eighty-Four)12 January 2017

This Written Task is based on a literary option, in this instance, George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, studied by this student in Part 4 of his course.On the InThinking Language and Literature... more

Have Your Say – Sports Columns and Mass Communication6 January 2017

Love him or hate him, the sports columnist Rick Reilly has had a prolific career. He wrote the “Life of Reilly” column—appearing on the back page of Sports Illustrated from 1997-2007—and then... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: HIV/AIDS5 January 2017

In 1992, talking openly about HIV and AIDS was groundbreaking; to do it on live television was even more unheard of at the time. Mary Fisher’s speech “A Whisper of AIDS” ushered in a new era of... more