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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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  • 6 Dec Mark Beverley
    Option 3: Literature and film
    Hi Rob: given that you can choose things like hypertext narratives or electronic literature as a Part 4 work, I would see no problem with exploring the literary qualities of this particular screenplay, as well as the differences between the...
  • 6 Dec Rob Bingham
    Option 3: Literature and film
    I would like to teach the German film "The Lives of Others" (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) in conjunction with a unit on the literature of repression (perhaps "1984," perhaps "Death and the Maiden," etc.) The problem is that, while the...
  • Hi Caroline - we will endeavour to put some up over the next week or so.
  • Sorry - that should have read - any 'more' outstandingly good model essays. JB
  • Sorry - that should have read - any 'more' outstandingly good examples. JB
  • Thanks for these Paper 2 sample papers and comments. I find this a really and rightly demanding essay to teach to - juggling knowledge, analysis, comparison, the question as well as structure and language. Any outstandingly good HL Drama...
  • 29 Nov Rachel Duke
    Stage 4: The Written Assignment
    Many thanks for the clarification
  • Hi Michelle. If it was used as a prompt for discussion so students could then explicitly address and ask questions about context then, yes, that sounds like a fun and interesting way to get students engaged.
  • 29 Nov David White
    Stage 4: The Written Assignment
    Hi Rachel. You are correct - the IB are strict with this and they should not exceed the word limit even by one word.
  • 28 Nov Michelle Terry
    How to set up the Interactive Oral
    Do you think it would be appropriate to do a creative interactive oral? For example, a short dramatic skit that demonstrates some aspect of the culture along with a short discussion/reflection.
  • 28 Nov Mark Beverley
    Sample text selections for Drama
    That seems a very sensible combination, Rwa: no shortage of material in each play and plenty to say about dramatic conventions.
  • 28 Nov Rachel Duke
    Stage 4: The Written Assignment
    I understand that observance of word limits is strictly policed- is that right? Should I be advising students that the word limit of 1500 cannot be exceeded by even one word? Many students doing other (non IB) courses assume that a leeway...