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I was very impressed with the site. It is very user friendly, gives students (and teachers) easy access to excellent resources. I also enjoyed the opportunity to be able to check my marks (and my students peer marking) for tasks against IB criteria and...

Martyn Fernandes, Australian International School, Singapore

It's easy to navigate, straightforward, and helpful. Even for an experienced IB teacher, the website provides helpful ways to reconsider curriculum and lesson plans.

Abigail Xiaoxuan Chen, Taipei American School, Taiwan

I wish I'd had something like this when I first started teaching IB Lit!

Alexa Mazarakis, International School of Manila, Philippines


'Taking Ownership...'

20 April 2018

'Taking Ownership' is a phrase that I find myself using a lot in lessons and it relates to a central idea that can be applied in various ways... more

Luddites, Laputans and Literature teachers

30 March 2018

Five recommendations, after a preamble about technology, teachers and Literature...If there is a stereotype of a Literature teacher (and I am... more

Happy New Year

7 January 2018

Are you one for new year’s resolutions? Browsing around for inspirational quotations, I come across this from G K Chesterton: "The object... more

Subscriber comments

  • 18 Jun Marion Plantagie
    Part 4 Options
    Thank you so much for your prompt response to my question - great ideas!
  • 18 Jun Mark Beverley
    Stage 4: The Written Assignment
    Hi Anne: no need for a title page.
  • 18 Jun Mark Beverley
    Part 4 Options
    Hi Marion: the potential inherent in the gaming narratives option is I think really exciting for reasons that hopefully we set out in this site. That being said, I have only found myself able to tackle those particular kinds of texts on one...
  • 18 Jun Anne de la Paz
    Stage 4: The Written Assignment
    Good morning Mark, I can´t find anything about whether the Written Asignment needs a title page?
  • 18 Jun Marion Plantagie
    Part 4 Options
    Good morning David and Mark In planning the course for my 2018/2020 cohort I am considering the following for Part 4 Options: New Textualties: 1. Graphic novel 'Persepolis' 2. Hypertextuality - gaming narratives Prose other than fiction: 3....
  • 16 Jun Mark Beverley
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    No problem, Deb. I agree it is a shame - could have been an interesting essay!
  • Hi Mark, Thank you for your help. We were hoping that painting and literature could somehow both be considered under the large umbrella of art. It was a long shot, but would have been a fun EE had it met the criteria. I'll direct her to refine...
  • 14 Jun Mark Beverley
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    Hi Deb: unfortunately, the proposal your student is making would not be allowed because it combines subjects from two groups. The only context in which this is allowed would be a World Studies essay or one from the two interdisciplinary courses,...
  • Hi David and Mark, Due to many circumstances, I have a student who recently needed to completely change her direction for her EE. She is now going to write a Category 2 Lit EE. She has discussed a few options with me, but I'm not sure that...
  • 31 May David White
    Paper 1: the basics
    We're glad it's been so useful Chuck.
  • 30 May chuck henry
    Paper 1: the basics
    Thanks David, let me say again. This website has proven to be an extremely valuable asset, particularly as I worked to shephered my first class through the IB.
  • 29 May David White
    Paper 1: the basics
    Hi Chuck. For most Lit students it is not a 'foreign language', though that may be different in your context. It may be best to advise some less able students to structure their answer around the two guiding questions - they can still do...