IB Language A: Literature SL | Guerin Catholic High School


IB Language A: Literature SL
Grade 11-12
4 credits
Prerequisite: English 10

English A: Literature, Standard Level, is a course based on the content established by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This course is organized into three areas of exploration and seven central concepts and focuses on the study of literary works. Together, the three areas of exploration (“readers, writers, texts,” “time and space,” “intertextuality: connecting texts”) of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, literary forms, and time periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication. Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, building understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The study of literary works in context is emphasized, and through the study of literature in translation the student is challenged to reflect on the role of cultural assumptions in interpretation. For all of the works covered, global issues will be discussed and analyzed for connections. There are three required IB assessments that are evaluated (internally and externally) in order to determine the student’s IB grade.