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Subscriber comments

  • 19 Nov Mark Beverley
    IOC Teaching Strategies
    Hi 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 Strategies
    Hello, 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 Presentation
    Yes 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 Presentation
    My 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 Study
    Thanks for the suggestion, Kitty. We will look into adding some very soon.
  • 12 Nov Kitty Fogliano
    Part 2 Detailed Study
    I wish there were some resources in the Literature course about using memoir, particularly for the IOC.
  • 29 Oct David White
    Preparing the Presentation
    Nicholas, 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 Presentation
    I 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 basics
    Hi 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 requirements
    You 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 basics
    Greetings 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?'....