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HL essay: the importance of planningfree15 October 2021
It hardly needs pointing out that planning the HL essay carefully is an essential component in the development of a strong assignment.Any piece of written work that seeks to promote the development of... more
A lesson on the sonnetfree15 October 2021
"The sonnet's fourteen lines have called to poets for almost a thousand years. It is the Goldilocks form: when others seem too long, too short, too intricate, too shapeless, too heavy, too light, too... more
Cloze and sequence exercises15 October 2021
One of the difficulties that students encounter, particularly in relation to Paper 1, has to do with the notion of trying to 'second guess' the author's meaning - what the author intended. This is a rather... more
The pastiche15 October 2021
A motif that recurs throughout this site concerns the value of encouraging students to write creatively, in part because of its inherent value, but also - in a more pragmatic sense - because it can work... more
May 2021 exam report8 October 2021
You may well have already seen the exam report from the IB, published a few days ago on MyIB. It contains a lot of useful information and casts light on some of the questions you may have had either before... more
The influence of the natural environment on people adjusting to a foreign landThis individual oral shows how a student can start with one of the given broad fields of inquiry - in this case 'Science,... more
Structuring the oral27 September 2021
Organising the Individual Oral Presentation is no easy task. There are many factors to bear in mind and many decisions to make in order for the assessment to score as highly as possible. Students might... more
Paper 1 sample response #1325 September 2021
Standard Level response to 'The Kindness' by Jan BeattyThis is Standard Level student response to the poem The Kindness by Jan Beatty: the poem, guiding question, response and teachers' marks and comments... more
Individual oral exemplar #3: Miss Julie and Ama Ata Aidoo21 September 2021
This is a very strong oral that reflects a student taking confident ownership of her chosen Global Issue and its representation in two quite different works. The gender theme is one that many students... more