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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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  • 18 Oct Loraine Playfair
    Extended Essay criteria
    After speaking with the coordinator it was decided that I tell the student that his works appears suspicious and I gave details and examples why (such as:that the research questions looks as though it were written after the EE was written,...
  • Great to hear, Michelle.
  • 12 Oct Michelle Terry
    How to set up the Interactive Oral
    Thanks! It worked out really well and I think the kids really enjoyed it, too.
  • 10 Oct Mark Beverley
    Part 1: Works in Translation
    Estella: writing on just one story is fine - and in fact, in some respects, makes the task slightly more straightfoward because tackling two will almost inevitably force the student to compare or contrast, which is not a feature of this assignment....
  • 10 Oct Estella Gutulan
    Part 1: Works in Translation
    Hi, David, Regarding WAs on The Elephant Vanishes and following on from the poem response above, usually we cover two stories with attention to a focused aspect/theme. I am worried that doing just one will show narrow focus or seem like the...
  • 9 Oct Deb Emery
    Extended Essay: the basics
    Thank you! Your explanation truly helps me to clarify this for my students. I'm happy that it is more in line with a formal literary essay - it just makes sense!
  • 8 Oct Mark Beverley
    Extended Essay: the basics
    Hi Deb: good questions! The abstract of old asked students to idenitify the RQ, the Scope of the essay and then the conclusion - presenting the argument of the essay as a whole in summative form. This has indeed gone with the new spec. ...
  • 8 Oct Deb Emery
    Extended Essay: the basics
    Hi David and Mark, I am trying to figure out what is required for the introduction on a Category 1 and 2 EE. I am seeing conflicting information. The IB site reveals that "The introduction should state briefly why the student has chosen that...
  • 5 Oct Mark Beverley
    Marking the Written Assignment
    Hi Edward: in effect there is nothing to stop a student writing on a topic that is not represented either directly or indirectly in the SW. However, part of the reason for the introduction of this requirement was the concern about plagiarism...
  • 4 Oct Edward Lake
    Marking the Written Assignment
    Teachers give prompts for the Supervised Writing that attempt to accommodate a variety of directions a student might want to take with a text, but can a student choose a topic for their actual WA that is significantly different than their Supervised...
  • The interactive oral does not need to be graded - it leads into their reflective statement so this is where the main focus for assessment is. However, I also make sure I visit each stall and give them feedback as a group.
  • 1 Oct Michelle Terry
    How to set up the Interactive Oral
    This sounds great! I've done something similar but called it a museum walk. How did/do you grade or evaluate each student or group?