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P1 HL S5 (stress)3 January 2019

This specimen paper offers an indication of the types of texts that could be expected on a higher level Paper 1. Although this specimen is not authorized by the IB, the texts have been selected in the... more

What is this thing called free speech?27 December 2018

At the time of writing this page, in August 2017, a few events in the United States have drawn considerable global attention. On August 12th, a ‘Unite the Right’ rally took place in Charlottesville... more

Beyond Baby It's Cold Outside14 December 2018

InThinking is publishing this page at a time (December 2018) when Frank Loesser's 1944 song, Baby It's Cold Outside, is in the midst of some controversy. In short, the song has been banned (and subsequently... more

(Mis)representation of Chinese Culture6 December 2018

In November of 2018 Dolce and Gabbana wanted to promote a fashion show they were holding in Shanghai. D&G posted three videos (advertisements) on various social media platforms to promote that show.... more

Writing proposals29 November 2018

Althugh the IB does not stipulate that students must write a proposal before writing the written task 1, this activity helps for several reasons:Writing a proposal of 200 words helps the teacher give... more

Links for Enquiring Minds - November 2018free29 November 2018

At InThinking, we would like our site to be a one-stop-shop. That is, it is our ambition that you can find everything on our site that you need for teaching the IBDP English A Language and Literature... more

2018 P2 HL (The House of Bernarda Alba and Hedda Gabler)22 November 2018

When students get a Paper 2 exemplar that isn’t about their texts, they sometimes complain: How can I learn how to write a Paper 2 if the example you give me isn’t about texts we’ve studied? more

Anti-smoking Advertising15 November 2018

The following lesson is, unlike much of the material on the InThinking website, a little ‘language light’. It focuses on ideas, rather than language. Teachers may, of course, adapt the lesson, inserting... more

2018 Paper 1 (SL) Tasmania8 November 2018

Texts about travel are proving to be popular choices for Paper 1. It boils down to this: there’s nothing controversial about them. Having to set an exam paper for the entire world—and for such... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: Lies and Lynching, Then and Now1 November 2018

This comparative commentary to go puts together a contemporary newspaper story from India with an extract from Arthur Miller's widely studied play, The Crucible. Both texts concern issues such as lies,... more