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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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It is a frequency uttered maxim that poetry should be 'heard' or 'read aloud'. This is typically said in view of the way poetry in particular makes use of elements of sound and rhythm, which are not so easy to appreciate by just seeing or reading the poem on the page. Even in reference to the Paper 1 examination, where of course it would be impossible to say...
"What a difference a frame makes!" Students of Art and Film know about the importance of the frame in determining and shaping what the audience see and how they respond....
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.
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...
I wish I'd had something like this when I first started teaching IB Lit!
5 November 2017
Several, somewhat unconnected things...Interesting article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper today: famous writers/artists making recommendations... more
23 September 2017
Change is coming. Writing those three simple words, it is hard not to think of the motto of House Stark - “Winter is coming” - and the... more
19 Nov Mark Beverley
IOC Teaching StrategiesHi Mirna: In response to your questions: Going up to 34 lines is sometimes ok. We have to exert our professional judgment about what is right here. Some poems, for instance, can have very short lines - in which case going slightly beyond...
19 Nov Mirna Madi
IOC Teaching StrategiesHello, I have two questions about the requirements for the HL IOC. I'm aware that the poems/extracts should be between 20-30 lines, but I'm finding it difficult to stay within this margin. 1. If a poem in its entirety is 34 lines (Frost's...
15 Nov David White
Preparing the PresentationYes Bethan, a comparative approach for those two texts would work well. However, I would say 'The presentation of female oppression' is too broad given the limited length of the presentation and how significant that is in each text. I would...
14 Nov Bethan James
Preparing the PresentationMy students are currently studying 'The Handmaid's Tale' as one of their Part 4 texts, and we are also going to study 'Persepolis'. Would a comparative analysis of an aspect of these texts - for example, the presentation of female oppression...
14 Nov David White
Part 2 Detailed StudyThanks for the suggestion, Kitty. We will look into adding some very soon.
12 Nov Kitty Fogliano
Part 2 Detailed StudyI wish there were some resources in the Literature course about using memoir, particularly for the IOC.
29 Oct David White
Preparing the PresentationNicholas, I share your preference for Leonard Cohen (or Nick Cave perhaps) but - for the reason you state - I think this would be acceptable as a 'free choice' in Part 4. A little bird tells me that for the new courses Dylan will be on the...
29 Oct Nicholas Webber
Preparing the PresentationI like to give my students the opportunity to choose the three texts for Part 4, and this year I have a student who's keen for the class to read and study Bob Dylan lyrics as poetry. I have no real objection to this (aside from the fact that...
20 Oct David White
Extended Essay: the basicsHi Marion. This would still count as a Category 1 essay - graphic novels are considered a literary genre (see their inclusion in Part 4) and the essay has a literary focus (character/dystopian genre). I might suggest a shift in the question...
20 Oct David White
IOC Procedural requirementsYou are correct, David - I have corrected this mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.
19 Oct David Preece
IOC Procedural requirements"must engage in a discussion about a extract from the work of an author" - I thought the discussion had to be based on one of the texts as a whole, rather than just an extract.
18 Oct Marion Plantagie
Extended Essay: the basicsGreetings gentlemen EE RQ: 'How does the behaviour of protagonists, Robert Neville and Rick Grimes, transform when they find companionship in the dystopic worlds of 'I Am Legend' by Richard Matheson and 'The Walking Dead' by Robert Kirkman?'....