Part 4

  • Strategies on how to meet the learning outcomes for Part 4 can be found in this section of the Subject Site.
  • Furthermore, several key, literary concepts have been outlined in one-off lessons, which can be applied to any text your are studying for Part 4.

Selected Pages


Requirements 10 November 2014

In Part 4 - Literature: critical study we examine literary texts through a more form-focused lens. This is to say that...


Narrative technique 7 July 2012

Have you ever read a story of which you already knew the ending? Why can such a story still be enjoyable? Often times,...


Metaphor & simile 27 February 2012

Writers often use analogy to convey their message. An analogy is the comparison of two things. In language, we do this...


Key concepts 27 February 2012

This section includes simple, 'one-off' lessons that focus on a teaching strategy or method of textual analysis. Rather...


Outcomes 27 February 2012

Below are the three learning outcomes that one should aim to meet while studying Part 4 of the English Language and Literature...


Figurative language 21 February 2012

Language can be used to stretch our imagination, to make the impossible sound possible, and to bring abstract ideas to...

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Comments 6

Jose Alejandro Pantoja 11 January 2017 - 03:21

Hello David and/or Tim,

I'm not sure if I have the most up to date version of the PLA, so I am wondering if I can use Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis" for a part 4 text?

All the best,

Craig Schuler 11 January 2017 - 03:32


Excuse me for adding here, but she is not on the PLA I have. Also this text was originally written in French, is the course you intend to use this text for French language and literature? The text in translation (French to English in this case) can only be used in Part 3 of the course as I understand it.


Tim Pruzinsky 11 January 2017 - 05:54

Hi Jose,

Yes, you are correct. "Persepolis" can only be used in Part 3 of the course. From my understanding, we have only discussed "Persepolis" on the website only as a Part 3 text as David and I are both aware we could never study it for Part 4.


Dione Smith 5 June 2017 - 07:27

Hi Tim, For part 4 I have chosen 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Heart of Darkness'. Do I need to have another novella or short story of Conrad's to supplement the novella? From reading your other messages re. Part 3 it seems that H of D can stand alone. Your advice would be much appreciated. thank you, Dione

David McIntyre 5 June 2017 - 08:48

Hi Dione,

If you follow the prescriptions of the PLA, then you should probably supplement a novella with a novella. In practice (over many years), I have never seen this challenged where, for example, only one novella is studied. Whilst I would not advocate 'cutting corners' or 'cheating the system' I struggle to think that the IB could ever really know what you have or have not studied.

As with anything, Tim and I offer our (we hope) experienced perspectives. We don't claim to speak on behalf of the IB. Should you wish an 'official' perspective, this can be secured through your IB Coordinator asking 'IB Answers'.

I hope this helps,


Dione Smith 6 June 2017 - 11:31

Hi David,
Thank you ever so much for your advice. Being new to Lang Lit, I just wanted to ensure that I kept within the rules. We have also studied a whole range of texts in Part 4 so all is well. It was just that when I was filling out the IOC forms for the Grade 12's that I inherited from another teacher, I had to list 'works studied' I will make sure to add the full list there when I do the IOC's for my current Grade 11's.

I find your advice and Tim's invaluable!

Have a great day,

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