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  • 11 Sep Marion Plantagie
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    Your suggestion is very helpful - thank you Mark! :)
  • 11 Sep Marion Plantagie
    Part 4 Options
    Thank you so much! Pleased to read that I am on track!
  • I think this would work very well, Marion - the only slight issue might be the length of both works... there is a lot of material there to work with and to do justice to. One possibility could be to narrow the topic down a little - for instance...
  • 8 Sep Mark Beverley
    Part 4 Options
    Those are fine and sensible choices, Marion. There is no need to choose works from one option only. You can use the options as a guide - buy into one, mix them up - or choose works that do not fit into any. Up to you!
  • 8 Sep Marion Plantagie
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    Hi Mark and/or David I am supervising a student who is interested in comparing and contrasting aspects of Murakami's 'Kafka on the Shore' with Dickens' 'Great Expectations', which would be a Category 2 EE. What do you think of this idea? ...
  • 7 Sep Marion Plantagie
    Part 4 Options
    Dear Mark and/or David Please advise re: my selection of texts for Part 4: Options, which I will start with my DP1 group: Graphic Novel: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Literature and Film: The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald and Luhrman) New Textualities:...
  • Hi Nicholas. You're right to think your latter approach is the best one for the reasons you state. One IO and one reflection is all you need for each text and the more wide-ranging and varied the discussion, the more choice students have...
  • 28 Aug Nicholas Webber
    How to set up the Interactive Oral
    I have six students in my class; if I assign three interactive oral topics for a single text, and have them work in pairs, is it best to have them then do three separate IOs (and reflections), or a longer, single IO — allowing open discussion...
  • In the commentary on Atwood's poem, the student gives a clear, detailed understanding of the poem. In the discussion on Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5, as she gains confidence, the questions are answered and presented well.