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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 currently Head of the High School English Department and is also an examiner for IB English Literature.more
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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 armies of White Walkers marching (very slowly as it turns out) across the snowy plains towards The Great Wall, a wall built seven hundred years ago to defend the seven kingdoms from such icy, blue-eyed evil when it inevitably (but...
'Lower' and 'Higher Order' Thinking Skills In order to encourage awareness of the differences between so called ‘lower’ and ‘higher’ order thinking...
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.
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.
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.
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
29 April 2017
Watch the short video below of civil-rights campaigner and congressman John Lewis accepting America's National Book Award for young people's... more
11 Sep Marion Plantagie
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsYour suggestion is very helpful - thank you Mark! :)
11 Sep Marion Plantagie
Part 4 OptionsThank you so much! Pleased to read that I am on track!
8 Sep Mark Beverley
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsI 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 OptionsThose 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 topicsHi 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 OptionsDear 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:...
29 Aug David White
How to set up the Interactive OralHi 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 OralI 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...
5 Jul Rachael Stewart
HL IOC Sample 1: Margaret Atwood poem and Slaughterhouse 5In 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.