IB Language A: Literature HL
Prerequisite: Honors English 10 or teacher recommendation
English A: Literature, Higher Level, is a course based on the content established by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students enrolled in IB English: Literature will develop their powers of expression in both oral and written communication by using the skills involved in writing and speaking in a variety of styles and situations. Works studied are chosen from a broad list of prescribed authors and works representing different literary periods and genres. The course is assessed through both oral and written examinations that allow students to demonstrate individual language skills, the ability to critically analyze and comment upon familiar and unfamiliar texts, and the ability to express a personal and independent response to literature. Literature studied for IB English 11 covers fiction (general and historical) and drama (translated from original language to English). Literature studied for IB English 12 encompasses drama, poetry, and fiction. Students in both IB English 11 and 12 study literature with a “world literature” emphasis in their second trimester of study. Required IB Higher Level assignments include the following: individual oral presentation and World Literature paper at the junior level. Individual oral commentary and required IB Higher Level tests in the spring of senior year are the two mandated IB required assignments of IB Higher Level 12 students.