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IB English A: Language & Literature: Build the course

When engaging in any cognitive exercise, people experience better results if they have a sense of autonomy. As a step in raising student autonomy in your language and literature classroom, try this lesson sequence, which provides a structured way to personalize the curriculum. The possible uses of this lesson sequence are: The practical aim of this lesson cycle is to engage the students in constructing the curriculum....

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Sonia Gupta 12 September 2016 - 15:25

Hi David and Tim,
Thanks for creating this website. I am the only teacher taking the subject in my school (and without any real IB English Head). I want to be sure of what I am doing. My concern as I log on to your web site for the first time, is choice of texts. I have decided on the following texts. Please confirm if they are according to the IB Guidelines:
Part 4 :
John Donne's poetry
Romeo and Juliet
City of Djinns (HL only)

Part 3 :
Death of a Salesman
Pygmalion (Only HL)


Tim Pruzinsky 13 September 2016 - 00:12

Hi Sonia,

Unfortunately, you'll need to make some changes. Dalrymple is not on the PLA. So, I would pick a different novelist that is on the PLA and that you feel comfortable teaching.

And while Sahni is not on the PLA either, you can use this as your free choice for Part 3.

Once you make that change in Part 3, in the eyes of the IB, you are technically all good to go.


Sonia Gupta 16 September 2016 - 09:01

Hey Tim, Thanks a ton for your response. Part 4 choices.. yes you are right. I need to make the change.

But for Part 3 , I have picked Tamas from PLT and Death of a Salesman from PLA ( for SL).
For HL, the choices are Tamas - PLT, Pygmalion - PLA and Death of a Salesman as a free choice. So, Am I not safe for Part 3.
Please suggest.

David McIntyre 13 September 2016 - 00:32

Not many Scottish writers in the PLA (and I'm not hopeful that will change with future revisions).

David (outside the narrative, and writing from the margins)

Tim Pruzinsky 18 September 2016 - 01:55

Hi Sonia,

I didn't realize Tamas was your PLT choice last time I wrote. As such, Part 3 is okay in the eyes of the IB. Enjoy teaching these texts!


Sonia Gupta 17 October 2016 - 09:51

Hi Tim,

Would the following options be fine according to the IB guidelines?
Part 4 :
John Donne's poetry (PLA)
Romeo and Juliet (PLA)
MichelAngelo Poetry (HL only) (Free Choice)

Part 3 :
SeaGull (PLT)
Death of a Salesman (PLA)
Pygmalion (Only HL) (PLA)
(Intention is to keep the same Genre in Part 3)

I believe it goes well with the requirement of 2 Genres, 2 Time periods and 2 Places. And I have Seagull from PLT List.

Please confirm.

David McIntyre 19 October 2016 - 01:15

Hi Sonia,

You don't have a free choice in Part 4; all texts must come from the PLA. Thus, you need to change your third choice.

Best regards,


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