This course comprises four parts – two relate to the study of language and two to the study of literature. The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture, and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. A key aim of the IB Language and Literature course is to encourage students to question the meaning generated by language and texts. Helping students to focus closely on the language of the texts they study and to become aware of the role of each text’s wider context in shaping its meaning is central to the course. The IB Language and Literature course aim to develop in students’ skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can be seen as autonomous yet simultaneously related to culturally determine reading practices. This course reflects the interests and concerns that are relevant to students while developing a range of transferable skills. An understanding of the way in which formal elements are used to create meaning in a text is combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices that are culturally defined by the circumstances of production and reception.
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- Readers, writers, and text
Purpose: To explore how we are affected by texts in various ways, and to examine how language usage varies amongst different textual types and forms.
Assessment Practice: Paper 1
- Literature - critical study: Graphic Novels - Superheroes as the American Myth
Purpose: In his book Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud asserts the legitimacy and complexity of comics and graphic novels as a genre. Pairing selections from his work with a graphic novel or comic can provide interesting discussion and inquiry into the elements of the genre itself. Genre study is an easy way to utilize literature circle groups and instructional lessons, where students get to pick from a variety of options.
Assessment Practice: Paper 2
Assessment: HL Essay (if you have chosen to do it for this course)
- Intertextuality: connecting texts - "The Fall of Man"
Purpose: To explore how people discuss the same thematic ideas over time: what has changed, what tropes have formed, and what must be present no matter what time period the text originally from.
Assessment: IOC and FOA
- Time and Space: Genre Study - Drama
Purpose: "All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players." Shakespeare has long ago resolved this question about the relation between life and drama. Drama has laid the foundation for the evolution of other genres of Literature like the novel or the short story. In the days before the invention of printing, drama was the chief source of entertainment and had an extraordinary importance. The world’s greatest works of Literature in many languages have been dramas.
IB Assessment Day: Paper 1 and 2
Note: Written Tasks 1 & 2 are given at multiple points throughout both years.