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Mark Beverley currently teaches at Sevenoaks School, where he is Director of Curriculum and teacher of the Literature course, Literature and Performance and TOK. He was previously Head of English at UWCSEA and has taught the IB for 20 years. Mark is a also a Workshop Leader and Examiner, as well as the co-author of two textbooks for the course, both published by OUP.more
David White (BA, MA) has taught the IB Diploma at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore since 2002 where, in addition to teaching both English Literature and Language and Literature, he has also taught TOK and Film. He is also an examiner and team leader for IB English Literature. After spending several years as Head of the High School English Department, he is currently High School Vice-Principal and IB Coordinator at the school.more
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As exams approach, the knowledge that we have limited lesson time remaining with our classes is often accompanied by that nagging feeling that there is still a great deal we would like our students to know and understand about their set texts. If your chosen genre is Drama or Prose Novel, this revision strategy focusing on characters is a very time-efficient and effective way to get a class revising set texts and sharing notes in the weeks leading up to the exams.
The following Paper 2 example is a response to question on drama. It is a competent response overall - demonstrating some important skills, particularly in terms of structure and the organisation and deployment of an argument, but not in the end one to 'write home about'. Students will be able to provide some constructive points of critique. The question is from May 2017, TZ2:
This sample Standard Level response uses Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams to respond to a Paper 2 question on drama. The question used was from the May 2017 paper (TZ2):
"What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning / The end is where we start from." Writing good conclusions is frequently cited by examiners as an element that many - perhaps even most students - struggle with. Typically, conclusions will simply re-state things that have already been said, or comprise of somewhat empty, vague statements that - to...
Although it is obviously true to say that Paper 2 exam preparation is particular to the various texts students have been studying, there are nonetheless a range of more generic skills associated with preparing the answer. The notes and PowerPoint below are designed to be applicable for a range of question types, as well as a range of texts. But you may feel you need to adapt further. The key thing, perhaps obviously, is to make sure students know how to use the time before they start to write the essay in a meaningful and purposeful manner.
Assessment of Paper 2 is broken up into five strands of criteria each weighted equally. The strands are similar to other parts of the course although for Paper 2 there is a little more weighting on elements that reward the content of student writing over elements that are more technically focused. There is also a strong emphasis on a student's ability to answer the question: this is a Criterion...
The Commentary – a rough guide for students What is a ‘commentary’? A commentary is a close analysis of a passage or a short work. More than a summary, it must investigate both the content and the language, i.e. WHAT the passage/poem achieves and HOW it achieves it, and the relationship they have with each other. It describes the writer’s intentions, effects and how he or...
Individual men and women are more fully human when their memories are amply stocked with verses. Poetry is typically seen by students as something 'difficult', abstruse or even indecipherable. It is not unusual, for this reason, to hear students say that they approach Paper 1 determined to choose the prose text - without even bothering to read the poem! Even more sadly, perhaps, it is not...
This sample Higher Level response uses The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Amadeus by Peter Shaffer to respond to a Paper 2 question on drama. The question used is number two from the May 2014 paper (TZ2): In Drama characters often 'break the fourth wall' by communicating directly with the audience. Compare the methods and effects of doing so in at least two plays you have studied....
Even if they have only ever attended one or two plays, students will already know a great deal about the conventions of drama and will take many of them for granted. Therefore, it is the teacher's job to transform this latent awareness into an explicit understanding of how a playwright writes in order to determine certain outcomes in the theatre. When the audience 'reads' the play on...
The Silkworms, by Douglas Stewart This poem was set for the May 2012 Paper, in Time zone 2. Have a read of the poem by clicking on the link above and then read the student's response to it below. You can download the commentary via the link underneath, where you can also find the examiner comments and marks. Life, fleeting as it may be, is universally filled with constraints - the pull of...
The site offers an engaging and imaginative approach to IB English - clear and informative it would be of use to both new and experienced teachers alike.
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.
I wish I'd had something like this when I first started teaching IB Lit!
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
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
15 Apr David White
Marking Paper 2Hi Chuck. We have put up two since then - one on Streetcar and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and another on Streetcar and Amadeus. You can find all Paper 2 exemplars under Part 3 Genres > Marking Paper 2
15 Apr chuck henry
Marking Paper 2Gentlemen, on March 16th Mark mentioned he would put up some more Drama exemplars. Has that happened? Where can I find them?
13 Apr Jacob Coates
The Literary Conventions of Prose: novel and short storySorry they're on the left of screen!
13 Apr Jacob Coates
The Literary Conventions of Prose: novel and short storyWhere are the 'subsequent pages [that] look at more specific conventions of prose fiction.'?
10 Apr David White
Extended Essay: the basicsHi Anna. If she just focuses on Kendrick Lamar, this would be a Category 3 essay (see above), as his lyrics would not be classified as a "literary work" on this course. We have not really covered Cat 3 essays on this site as they are not...
9 Apr Anne de la Paz
Extended Essay: the basicsHi David, I have a student who is interested in a question about rap lyrics of a certain rapper Kendrick Lama ...Her argument that poetry is not read today by youth ...rap lyrics have an influence...to what extent are Kendrick Lamar´s rap...
9 Apr David White
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Prose, novel and short story (The English Patient and Atonement)Hi Jennifer. Not sure I understand - the question is at the top of the page and is about writers "who adapt or import historical material" into their works, which the essay is clearly answering. Are you looking at a different question?
9 Apr Jennifer Ericson
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Prose, novel and short story (The English Patient and Atonement)Hi, Does the question fit the essay. My students and I have used this as a practice and we think the question is more about journeys. Thank you, Jennifer Ericson
5 Apr David White
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Drama (The Glass Menagerie and Amadeus)You may well be right, Jacob - examiners often seem reluctant to give full marks (partly because of the seeding system, which requires them to be "within tolerance" of the senior examiner's mark and which therefore makes giving full marks something...
5 Apr Jacob Coates
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Drama (The Glass Menagerie and Amadeus)I think this essay should achieve full marks, certainly on language. It feels like two marks were deducted for the sake of not awarding full marks.
4 Apr jaya sharma
HL exemplar 1: proseCan you please mail me the May 2012 Hl paper, which h as this passage. I could not find the passage, and the one that we have in school, the passage has been removed for copyright reasons.Or could you send me an on line link where this passage...
2 Apr Mark Beverley
Practising Paper 1: Prose (fiction)Glad you think so, Jorge. Thanks for the feedback.