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An excellent and invaluable site that will make the teaching of IB Literature both fun and engaging for students and teachers. The quality and quantity of material, tips and resources is impressive.

Samantha Chesler-Leiman, International School of Brunei, Brunei

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

  • 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...
  • 29 May chuck henry
    Paper 1: the basics
    Wow, that kind of synthesis is a tall order with the clock ticking on an exam in a foreign language. I know this work defies formulas much of the time, but can you offer any formulas or techniques for producing this kind of literary alchemy?
  • Hi Adrienne: revision of the Reflective Statements should not be undertaken. In part this is because it is not in the spirit of the exercise - but the importance of writing it sooner after the Interactive Oral is of course because of the need...
  • My students wrote their Reflective Statements this year, as 11th graders, and uploaded them to Are they allowed to revise these statements before they attach them to their WA next year?
  • 25 May David White
    Paper 1: the basics
    Hi chuck. This is what it says in the guide: "Two guiding questions are provided—one on understanding and interpretation, and the other on style. Students are required to address both questions in their answer. However, it is anticipated...
  • 24 May chuck henry
    Paper 1: the basics
    Gentlemen, so the SL students get two guiding questions. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to answering the questions individually? What if the student numbers his answers 1 and 2? Must he synthesize the two questions into one larger...