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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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This sample HL essay uses Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes and Daddy by Sylvia Plath to respond to the following Paper 2 essay title:
Poets sometimes use an address to someone or something to create or shape meaning in their poems. In what ways is this technique used in the work of at least two poets you have studied?
Download or click on the icon below to read through the student response and have a go at marking it - or ask your students to - before clicking on the teacher's comments and marks that follow.
Whether preparing for the course’s oral assessments, or asking students to present on an aspect of a text as part of their learning, it is important to include explicit focus on the skills required for producing an effective presentation. When it comes to guidelines and frameworks to help students deliver well-paced, carefully prepared presentations, it's hard to beat the principles that lie behind the Pecha Kucha...
Marking the IOP can sometimes present difficulties, not least because there tends to be a lot less exemplar material 'out there', and also because it is often a task that individual teachers complete in isolation - making it difficult to moderate. It is important, therefore, to look for sample presentations (such as you will find below and/or on the Teacher Support Material of the OCC), as...
What is hypertext fiction?If you have ever read a 'choose your own adventure' book then you will have some sense of the way in which hypertext narrative works. One notable early example of the genre is The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Livingstone. In this, and equivalent works, you are invited to make decisions as you read the text, which will transport you to different sections or...
The first stage of the process that culminates in the writing of the 1500 word assignment focuses on the preparation and administration of an in-class 'interactive oral'. This discussion is prepared and facilitated by the students, and it leads to the writing of the Reflective Statement. Typically, students manage this activity quite well, and it can serve as a reminder to us that sometimes...
Wilfred Owen is frequently chosen for Part 2, perhaps most often at Standard Level. He is a good choice of poet because he presents ideas in an accessible manner, and yet there is plenty of material to stretch the more sensitive or perceptive of your students. Some particularly fruitful interrogation can emerge, at least in my experience, from comparisons made with John Keats - most of all in terms of his language, but also in comparative reference to the whole Romantic tradition. The poem 'Spring Offensive' is a good one to choose if this idea is of interest.
Preparing students for the IOC There are obviously many different ways you can develop skills associated with the Part 2 assessment task, and as time goes on, you will discover the ones that work best for you, for the texts you have studied, and for the kinds of students you teach. Below are suggested a few fairly generic things to consider: 1. Keep the assessment task/s in mind Although it is...
Once the Interactive Oral has been completed, all students must answer the question above, as prescribed by the syllabus. Before writing the RS, however, it is important to discuss with students the kind of things that might be written for it because the 3 marks awarded are easily compromised if students (or teachers!) think about the statement in the wrong way. Essentially, the RS should present...
Written Assignment 1: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Reflective Statement: How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the Interactive Oral? In the Interactive Oral we looked into subjects varying from the history of the book 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich' to the conditions in the labor...
This Higher Level commentary and discussion focuses on War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy and Othello by William Shakespeare. Carol Ann Duffy is a great poet to teach as students generally find her poetry very accessible and enjoyable, while her work also provides plenty of richness and depth for challenging, original and highly sophisticated responses. Othello is a fairly popular text choice in Part 2 and, as with many of Shakespeare's plays, works well as a discussion text.
Part 1 is assessed through the submission of one 1500 word coursework essay, and is assessed externally. However, the syllabus asks all students to approach the final essay through a particular series of steps which are designed to address a range of issues: 1. The need to address the various contexts in which the text was written and in which it is being read. 2. Provide students with guidance...
As the Written Assignment is of course the student's own independent work, it is important to provide as much help as possible with the development of associated skills. There are plenty of generic materials in the essay writing section of this site but in the attached pages are listed some particular suggestions for helping students with the process of putting together their essay and making...
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...
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.
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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
19 December 2017
Here's a Christmas present for you: Dylan Thomas reading his story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Find below this virtual Christmas tree,... more
24 Feb David White
How to set up the Interactive OralHi 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 OralHi 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 OralGood 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 StudyChuck: 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 topicsSounds promising! Best of luck to your student - let us know how s/he gets on.
20 Feb chuck henry
Part 2 Detailed StudyMark, 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?
19 Feb Romina Pioli
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsHi 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 StudyChuck: 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 basicsI'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 StudyGentlemen, 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 basicsHmmm, 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 topicsHi 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...