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  • 18 Feb David Ripley
    The 'creative' HL WA?
    I reckon this is fine,Katy. Your questions:- 1. No, it's not too much of a departure, in my view - it amplifies an undeveloped incident in the novel, it doesn't change (I assume) anything important in the story. And as to whether the diary...
  • 18 Feb Katy Williams
    The 'creative' HL WA?
    Dear David, For their WA, one of my students has written a diary from the perspective of Lennie in Of Mice and Men. This diary is intended to illuminate Lennie's perspective and his naivety surrounding the events in Weed (which happens before...
  • 17 Feb David Ripley
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    The General Discussion section, Luna, is required to "use one or more of the course themes as a starting point" (Guide p.53). I take this to be very open indeed - basically start another conversational thread, based on something related to...
  • 17 Feb Luna Alfón
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    Hello David, I also understood (misunderstood?) that for IA HL "Part 3: General discussion" (p.50 Language B Guide) one or more of the five themes of the syllabus were to be discussed as a starting point. Not sure about the type of questions...
  • 15 Feb Anna Chung
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Brilliant, thank you for your response! We've used it as a text type in class but avoided using it in our HL+SL lessons. Cheers and thank you!
  • 14 Feb David Ripley
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Essays are a perfectly accepted text type at SL, Anna - it is set occasionally in SL Paper 2. As to whether it's advisable or not... well, why not, provided that the student has a good analytical mind and is capable of organising arguments...
  • 14 Feb Anna Chung
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Are essays allowed as a SL WA task? It's clearly stated for HL, but not for SL. If it IS allowed, is it a risky move? I would personally advise against it, but I'd like to be able to answer definitively when the student asks! Thank you in...
  • 14 Feb Beata Mirecka-Jakubowska
    Guided inquiry outcomes
    Hi Laurie, yes, I asked the students for permission. They're all over 18 years old and I only got verbal permission from them, as their full names are not mentioned. When I used work that had their names attached or if I wanted to use their...
  • 13 Feb laurie holden
    Advertising, reviewed
    I love this page! The students really enjoy interacting with the 'Ads of the World' website. In fact, I am just about to use this as part of an interactive oral with DP2. Thank you for sharing. Regards, Laurie
  • 13 Feb laurie holden
    Guided inquiry outcomes
    Hi Beata, Thank you for sharing these ideas. They are very helpful! I had a question I hoped that you may be able to answer. Did you have to obtain written permission to include the student work on your page? If so, which permission format...
  • 12 Feb Tamana Chanrai-Hills
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    Hi David. That is much clearer now. Thanks for your response.
  • 12 Feb David Ripley
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    I take it, of course, that you're referring to the HL Oral Interview, Tamana. If so, I think you've slightly misunderstood - there is no requirement in the instructions for the HL Interview to refer to the Themes (note capital letter), as in...