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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.

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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.

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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...

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  • 16 Jan David White
    Paper 1: the basics
    Hi Chuck. I thought it was an interesting extract with plenty for students to explore - I think many of our students chose it. I don't have it in front of me right now but I'd be interested to hear what prompted your question and will look...
  • 16 Jan David White
    Option 3: Literature and film
    Hi Rachel. I recently read 'The Glass Castle', a memoir by Jeanette Walls (2005), which was made into a film in 2017. I haven't watched the film but really enjoyed the book and I think it would work well with students.
  • 16 Jan Mark Beverley
    IOC Procedural requirements
    Hi Tara - you will find this info on page 55 of the current guide: Number of students Number of extracts required 1–5 - 1 per student 6–10 - 6 11–15 - 7 16–20 - 8 21–25 - 9 26–30 - 10
  • 16 Jan chuck henry
    Paper 1: the basics
    Gentlemen, do you have any thoughts on the HL paper one prose extract from last year? It was from The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.
  • 16 Jan Rachel Wright
    Option 3: Literature and film
    Has anyone come across a memoir or travel writing that has crossed over to film? Looking for a literary work that is not fiction/short stories. Thank you!
  • 15 Jan Tara Pidgeon
    IOC Procedural requirements
    I can't find the number of extracts per number of students. Can someone please post the number of extracts needed based on the number of students assessed?
  • 15 Jan Mark Beverley
    Choosing Works
    Hi Robert - yes you could use Maus to cover this.
  • 14 Jan Robert Munson
    Choosing Works
    Hi, I'm teaching Parts 1 and 4 for the first time. I didn't realize till now that we need non-fiction as a genre. I mix in essays such as Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus," but not enough to consider them a "work." So I'll need to add a work...
  • 13 Jan chuck henry
    Option 3: Literature and film
    Thanks Mark, I know it's a slippery question.
  • 11 Jan Mark Beverley
    Part 1: Works in Translation
    Hi Cynthia: yes, I can see why you might have reservations here. The title is quite broad and might also invite the student to write as much about Buddhism as the text itself. How about exploring the way in which religion plays a role e.g....
  • 11 Jan Mark Beverley
    Option 3: Literature and film
    This is a very difficult one to answer, Chuck, because presentations can differ considerably - and important, perhaps, to note that detailed analysis e.g. of stylistic features is not something the IOP marking criteria prioritise (unlike the...
  • 10 Jan Cynthia Salvatore
    Part 1: Works in Translation
    Hi - Happy New Year! This is my first year teaching the Literature program and I would like some guidance on a WA question. One student is writing about Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto - her question is How and to what extent is Yoshimoto's narrative...