Concepts (2021 exams)

One of the defining features of the Language and Literature course - first exams in May 2021 - is the explicit inclusion of seven defining concepts. Those seven concepts are:

Identity

Culture

Creativity

Communication

Perspective

Transformation

Representation

Using these seven concepts will allow students to look closely at one non-literary text or literary work in detail and depth.  Conversely, it will also allow them the scope and breadth to apply one or more concepts more broadly to multiple texts and works. 

These seven concepts are meant to be a key thread connecting all that you do in your classroom.  Instead of one off lessons or bits and pieces of language and literature that are seemingly disjointed, these concepts allow students see and understand the big ideas of the course and how they are inter-related.  Through a concept based approach to teaching and learning, students will develop their critical thinking, creativity, and understanding. 

When you click on the concept above, you will be taken to a new page that explains the concept, asks some critical questions, and provides you with teaching resources to use when using that concept in your course.  You can also find a Higher Level and Standard Level course outline under "Course construction" (see course outline option #2) that exclusively focuses on the concepts to build your course. 

If you are interested in reading and learning more about concept based teaching and learning, you’ll want to start with Lynn Erickson.  Her books include:

  1. Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom: Teaching Beyond the Facts.
  2. Transitioning to Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction: How to Bring Content and Process Together
  3. Stirring the Head, Heart and Soul: Redefining Curriculum and Instruction

Finally, questions often arise about how the concepts of the course connect to the areas of exploration.  It’s a bit like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich: they can exist separately, but when put together, it makes the sandwich that much more delicious.  The same holds true for combining the concepts and the areas of exploration.  At times, you will be looking at something through a time and space lens, but you will also be analyzing aspects of culture and identity as well.        

Selected Pages

The Language of Migration 24 October 2019

Current events offer Language and Literature teachers a wide variety of avenues in which to explore the course. In fact,...
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Undocumented worker or illegal immigrant - The language of immigration (with bodies of work) 11 July 2019

In the spring and summer of 2018, the Trump administration in the United States faced an enormous public outcry after reports...
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Prior Perspectives: Language, Gender, and Power 29 May 2019

Each of us is enculturated. This is a lifelong process in which our identities are formed. Through enculturation we learn...
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Prior Perspectives: The Preconception Game 21 May 2019

Quite early in the Language and Literature course, teachers will want to get their students to do some self-reflection,...
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Transformation 15 May 2019

Transformation is one of 7 concepts that underpin teaching and learning in the English A: Language and Literature Course....
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Communication 15 May 2019

Communication is one of 7 concepts that underpin teaching and learning in the English A: Language and Literature Course....
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