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  • Hi Anne. Another option is to run a marketplace activity or jigsaw discussions - these get everyone interacting at once and are good for larger groups. Are you familiar with these approaches? If not, I can post some details.
  • 22 Feb Mark Beverley
    How to set up the Interactive Oral
    Hi Anne: a large class obviously presents challenges for this assessment task. In order to invite individuals to take a lead role on at least one occasion, you are probably bound to hold more than one Interactive Oral per text. Don't forget...
  • 21 Feb Anne de la Paz
    How to set up the Interactive Oral
    Good afternoon. What would you recommend for a class of 23? I can´t wrap my head around the best way to approach this. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
  • 20 Feb Mark Beverley
    Part 2 Detailed Study
    Chuck: both HL and SL extracts must be accompanied by at least one guiding question. As you recognise, the HL commentary must be on a poem. Where you put the question is up to you - but usually underneath the poem makes the most sense.
  • 20 Feb Mark Beverley
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    Sounds promising! Best of luck to your student - let us know how s/he gets on.
  • 20 Feb chuck henry
    Part 2 Detailed Study
    Mark, just to be clear, at the HL level the poem must also be accompanied by a guiding question (subject guide p. 63). That question should also appear at the foot of the uploaded poem?
  • Hi Mark, thanks for the valuable insights!!I will take into consideration all the points you have made and discuss them with the student. Actually the student himself was fascinated by the authors' use of symbols and metaphors, so I think we...
  • 19 Feb Mark Beverley
    Part 2 Detailed Study
    Chuck: remember that there are two types of question (at SL): the Guiding Question/s are written at the foot of the poem/extract - and a copy of the extract along with the question/s will be uploaded with the recording. The subsequent questions,...
  • 19 Feb Mark Beverley
    Paper 1: the basics
    I'm not sure I understand you there, Chuck. Are you referring to the chart on Page 1 of the PLA (not the Subject Guide?). If so, that chart only details the number of works you must cover in each part. The fact of the need for 4 genres is...
  • 19 Feb chuck henry
    Part 2 Detailed Study
    Gentlemen, Must the guiding questions be on the recording of the IOC? I did not include them last year (my first year) and iit does not seem to have impacted the results. This year, I have completed the IOC for one student and I did not include...
  • 19 Feb chuck henry
    Paper 1: the basics
    Hmmm, I do see that. I had been consulting the chart on the same page which gives the requirements for each part at SL and HL. You can do exactly what the chart requires and miss non-fiction. So you won't do it in part one, I guess and unless...
  • 19 Feb Mark Beverley
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    Hi Romina: the approach seems to me a viable one - if you are studying the course in Italian. Originality of topic, and choice of author is generally a good thing - although I'm afraid I am not familiar with the work of either author and...