IB English Literature Classes re-starting 1st Oct 2017

How I can help you achieve an excellent grade for IB English Literature

The skill of understanding literature adds to our appreciation of a precious craft where masters have shared their insights into life with us.

Having a personal passion for this subject, I teach it to ensure that you will learn to love it as much as I do.

Read further for detailed teaching strategy, course content and how regular learning can ease final exam pressure, particularly as 55% of the grade can be achieved in year.

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IB English Literature: Works In Translation Essay

The Works In Translation (WIT) Essay is 1200-1500 word essay, which is marked externally and represents 25% of the final SL and HL English Literature grade.

The essay reflects the value of understanding global perspectives to the IB syllabus. By studying works in translation, students should aim:

• to understand that culture and context are linked to the main ideas explored by an author

 

• to understand how cultural identity is shaped through literature

 

• to understand that there are different perspectives which may be shaped through culture and context.

 

The link below is a valuable resource in helping you to plan and structure your essay

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Teaching English is about more than IGCSE’s and IB exams

One of my key objectives when teaching, is to inspire students to explore ideologies, culture and history through literature.

Reading is often seen as an academic chore, but I want my students to see it more as a pair of binoculars which allows them to closely observe aspects of life that they may not have experienced or even be aware of.

In this week’s grade 8/9 English Literature class, we started to read/study/analyse ‘MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS’, a play by Athol Fugard.

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Literary analysis of Trump’s inaugural speech

An application of IGCSE/IB English Language skills.

Does Trump Really Have the Best Words?

A statistical analysis of Trump’s inaugural address
by Justin Rice, published on 01/20/2017

On January 20th, Donald Trump delivered the 58th presidential inaugural address. Trump is a singular figure in US history and hordes of pundits will spend countless hours dissecting the content of his speech.

Rather than doing the same, Analitics have analyzed what Trump says, using data analysis to explore how he says it, and comparing his words with those of the 57 previous inaugurals to see what we learn.

click the link below to read the analysis.

Does Trump Really Have the Best Words? A statistical analysis of Litcharts.com Trump’s inaugural address by Justin Rice, published on 01/20/2017

Books + Data by LitCharts

IB ENGLISH: Maus, By Art Spiegelman

Maus 50

The story follows the birth of his elder brother Richieu, who was poisoned by an aunt rather than face capture; how his parents were hidden by generous

poles and then betrayed to the SS as they paid to be smuggled to a safer Hungary.

listen to Art talks about the powerful sub-plot which shows the difficult relationship between father and son , and what it could be like for the child of Holocaust survivors.

 

Link to Radio 4 Bookclub Podcast: Maus , Art Spiegelman

A Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams

For students, watching a theatrical version of a play may often be more valuable than watching a film.
Plays can be a closer representation of the text and allow a student to clearly see how stage directions have been actioned.
Do watch this version of A Streetcar Named Desire. How does the adaptation compare to the film linked in an earlier post?

IB ENGLISH: MAYA ANGELOU- BBC World Club Book 2002 (Podcast)

Listening to this very personal interview today, I was inspired in many ways and at first wondered whether we have to have had a significant past in order to write well.

What struck and pained me the most, was Maya Angelou reading her very powerful and hard hitting poem “BORN THAT WAY”. Raped at the age of 7 by her mother’s boyfriend, she recounted a story of observing a father’s inappropriate behaviour towards his 8 year old daughter; the mother wearing blinkers and ignoring what she could see…

 

Maya Angelou explained that she simply writes about what she can see and it is her courage to speak up that makes her the great writer that she is.

I think that we all do have stories that we need to tell.. speaking out is maybe the only way we can really influence change.

Do listen to this podcast …

https://itunes.apple.com/sg/podcast/maya-angelou/id263658343?i=353657039&mt=2

Graphic Novels- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

GRAPHIC NOVELS continued…
for those who have not ventured into the world of comics since childhood, a very interesting article on Persepolis- An autobiographical, graphic novel, by Marjane Satrapi, set against the backdrop of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. An interesting genre of writing as well as an alternative cultural and political perspective…a recommended read

PERSEPOLIS- by Marjane Satrapi

A Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams

 

For students, watching a theatrical version of a play may often be more valuable than watching a film.
Plays can be a closer representation of the text and allow a student to clearly see how stage directions have been actioned.
Do watch this version of A Streetcar Named Desire. How does the adaptation compare to the film linked in an earlier post?

Graphic Novels- The Watchmen

THE WATCHMEN:
Graphic texts are often underrated and labelled as bumper sized comics.
Grade 12′ ers may be overwhelmed current pressure, but there is consolation in the fact that IB English language and literature courses cover an inspiring range of literature which opens valuable avenues of thought and appreciation.

Through the use of effective visual, stylistic features, Graphic novels are able to subtly convey serious messages relating to personal trauma and global struggle without the use of narrative.

Maus by Art Spiegelman addresses the long term effect of the Holocaust and Watchmen deals with similar tragedy in considering the fear and effects of the atomic bomb.If you are studying this text, do take the time to read this very informative paper.

http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v5_1/blake/