Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation based on the expectation of B or higher in IB English A: Literature
Additional Fee: Students in this course are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking this exam.
This is the second year of the two year IB English A: Literature HL course. This course explores the human condition and the craft of the writer through detailed study of a variety of literary genres. The course prepares students for the IB Language A: Literature HL Individual Oral Commentary and spring written examinations.
As we study how writers explore the world and humanity, we learn more about others and ourselves. In the first semester, which focuses on Detailed Study (Part 2 of the four-part Language A curriculum) students will take a deep dive into the work of three writers in three separate genres, spending about one month studying each writer and genre. Throughout these studies, students will research the historical and cultural context of each work, perform close readings of brief passages, analyze the effects of the writers’ choices, and develop oral and written commentaries that combine close reading, contextual understanding, and knowledge of literary devices to share students’ interpretations of the works or pieces of the works. Though each semester will provide opportunities for students to practice and improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of formative and summative assessments, the first semester will focus primarily on delivering well-composed impromptu remarks. In the second semester of the course, the Genre Study (Part 3 of the four-part Language A curriculum), students will study four works of drama or four poets’ collections and practice writing comparative analyses. Students will learn through a mixture of close reading and annotation, class discussion, informal writing, performance-based approaches to analyses, and mentor text study. Those seeking to improve their skills as critical thinkers, innovators, communicators, and collaborators should strongly consider taking this course. Success in the course depends on students’ willingness to collaborate, engage deeply in the reading, and devote time and consideration to their writing. Students must be open-minded, curious, respectful of all classmates, and able to work independently.
Units of Study
Analyzing Rhetoric and Investigating the Impact of Historical and Cultural Context: Prose Other Than Fiction
Analyzing Fiction/Drama and the Craft of the Writer
Analyzing and Interpreting Poetry
Preparing for the Individual Oral Commentary
Drama Study: How Dialogue Directs a Scene
Drama Study: Crafting Character, Conflict, and Setting
Drama Study: Past and Present- Comparing Classic and Contemporary Works
Preparing for Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exams