IB Language A: Literature SL
Grade 11-12
4 credits
Prerequisite: English 10 (Honors) or teacher recommendation

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 figure the student’s IB grade. The Individual Oral assessment is given at the very beginning of the second trimester. The student will give an oral presentation for the prompt, “Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the works that you have studied” which is supported by an extract from a work originally written in English and one from a work studied in translation. The Paper-I assessment will be given in May and consists of two passages (previously unseen) from two literary forms, each accompanied by a guiding question. Students choose one passage to analyze. The Paper-II assessment will be given in May and consists of four questions (previously unseen). In response to one question, students will write a comparative essay based on two works studied. Different works must be chosen for each of the three IB assessments.