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P2 HL (1984; The Things They Carried; One Day in the Life)14 April 2016

In this essay, the student responds to question 5 - Context – ‘historical, cultural, or social – can have an influence on the way literary works are written or received. Discuss with reference to... more

Approaching Texts: Line by Linefree7 April 2016

Here’s a tricky one: Students – I know this from experience – are often a little slapdash in their approach to textual analysis. Seriously. Writing with a flamboyant flourish, they will make sweeping... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: In Mourningfree9 March 2016

This Comparative Commentary to Go takes mourning as its focus. Whilst almost all of us experience mourning the death of loved ones in our lives, this topic clearly needs to be introduced to a class with... more

Super crunchingfree10 February 2016

The term 'super crunchers' is the title of a book by Ian Ayres (picture). It refers to the phenomenon of how large databases are helping us make decisions everyday, especially on the Internet. For... more

Constructing Readers and Writersfree28 January 2016

Whilst hardly new, it seems obvious that the current period in human history is marked by a tension between a desire to express views freely and the tendency on the part of some to declare opinion in... more

TOKfree14 January 2016

As we study a wide range of texts, we are likely to consider many critical questions that relate to the nature of knowledge, certainty, belief and truth. Such questions are relevant to the Theory of... more

WT1 SL (Language and Identity)31 December 2015

This written task is based on Part 1 of the course, Language in Cultural Context. The task explores the relationship between language(s) and identity. The task also, apparently, builds on the study of... more

WT1 SL (Reviving Gaelic)17 December 2015

The following written task emerges from the Part 1 study of language death (and language revival). Described by its author as an ‘opinion article’, the task discusses the possible revival of Gaelic... more

Comparative Textual Analysis: Working With Genre3 December 2015

Comparative textual analysis is not easy. Certainly, doing comparative textual analysis well is not easy. It requires a lot of modeling on the part of the teacher and scaffolded activities before students... more

Speechfree27 November 2015

There are as many different kinds of speeches as there are audiences. Nevertheless, there are some traits that all speeches have in common, despite their different audiences. Before we look at these defining... more