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Non-fiction sample extracts11 April 2021

Finding suitable extracts of non-fiction for use in Paper 1 can sometimes be a challenge. On this page, therefore, is a selection of extracts, along with guiding questions, for you to use - whether in... more

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)10 April 2021

Barthes' quotation is a useful starting point for students when considering the connections between Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Literature. In studying a wide range of literary texts, we consider many... more

A lesson on comedy6 April 2021

Many of the plays studied at IB defy simple categorization as either tragedy or comedy but it is important students are aware of these genres as they represent both the origins and the two extremes of... more

A lesson on tragedy6 April 2021

Many of the plays studied on the course defy simple categorization as either tragedy or comedy but it is important that students are aware of these genres as they represent both the origins and the two... more

'How to...annotate unseen texts.'5 April 2021

Annotation is an essential skill that you will learn to get better at as you progress through this course, and the more consciously you address it, the more you will come to understand its importance.... more

A lesson on characters in novels 3 April 2021

Many novelists create such rich and engaging characters that it is easy for us to think of them as real. After all, most of us read novels as a form of escapism and sometimes the characters we find... more

Extended Essay: reflectionsfree3 April 2021

With its explicit emphasis on engagement and reflection, the Extended Essay asks students to consider the research and writing process, and their learning through this process, alongside the question... more

A lesson on character in dramafree28 March 2021

“We're actors — we're the opposite of people!”Rosencrantz and Guidenstern Are DeadWe encounter characters in drama very differently to how we encounter them in novels or short stories. If reading... more

Paper 1 sample response #9 6 March 2021

Higher Level response to Absent Friends by Alan AyckbournThis is a response to the Drama text used on one of the IB's specimen papers for the course, the beginning of Alan Ayckbourn's 1975 play, Absent... more

May & November 2022 announcement: no paper 227 February 2021

No Paper 2 for May and November 2022 examination sessionsThe IB recently announced changes to the components and examinations for May and November 2022 sessions. The announcement included the following... more