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  • 18 Sep Rania Youssef
    Extended Essay 2018
    Thank you David, This is really helpful! I will check with her language A teacher! Regards Rania
  • 18 Sep Lindsay Raggett
    Bagpipe humour
    The best clips I saw during the presentations were Australia's Summer Heights High, Trevor Noah from South Africa. The kids did not do a really fabulous job - mainly because actual analysis was weak - I don't care about biographies of stand...
  • 17 Sep David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    I think this has to be Cat.3, Rania. If you look at the page 'Cat.2 clarified', you'll see that under allowable cultural artifacts there is "Books (other than literary)" ... i.e. non-fiction, reportage, etc; and the implication is that 'literary'...
  • 17 Sep Rania Youssef
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi David, I have another student who would like to do her EE in English B. She picked the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. as she would like to talk about Bullying and how it led the main character to commit suicide. Again I am confused...
  • 15 Sep David Ripley
    On Chatting
    I'm glad you've found all this useful, Jane - it took quite a bit of work, but it was fascinating to look at the more complex levels of what is actually a very sophisticated novel! . And thanks for reporting the broken link - it's now fixed....
  • 15 Sep Jane Coom
    On Chatting
    Thank you so much for all the detail on Curious Incident. It's helped me step up to the level needed for IB after studying the novel with lower school! BTW, your link to Christopher doing chatting seems to be broken.
  • 13 Sep David Ripley
    Bagpipe humour
    Well done you, Lindsay! Humour, as I suggest above, is a very difficult area to teach, but very rewarding if you can find the way to do it. . I am very interested in your pair-work analysing different types of humour. Could you share some of...
  • 13 Sep David Ripley
    A booklist
    The problem with 'Persepolis' is that it was originally written in French - and the requirement of the Subject Guide is that literary works studied must have been originally written in English, for English B. Whether it deals with, or is set...
  • 13 Sep Lindsay Raggett
    Bagpipe humour
    Hi David! At the moment we are looking at humour. Pairs have analysed the humour of different English-speaking regions using stand-ups and sit-coms. It has been a lot of fun. This article is great now to take discussion to the next level.
  • 13 Sep Georgiana Jennings
    A booklist
    I loved Persepolis, but doesn't the work have to be written in the context of a culture where they speak English?
  • 11 Sep David Ripley
    A booklist
    So far as I know there is no reason why not, Filiz. The Subject Guide simply says that the WA must be "linked to one or two literary texts read in class" - so the wording is completely open. In fact ... that wording could cover a single short...
  • 11 Sep Filiz Ünal
    A booklist
    Hi David, what about short stories? We're going to deal with colonial and post colonial short stories and one novel. Is it acceptable that the students choose one of the short stories for the WA?