The IB World Literature course is a rigorous two-year college program designed for students who are independently motivated towards intense literary analysis and cultural understanding.Challenging readings, compositions, and discussions will form the crux of our time together and major assessments will consist of oral presentations and extended formal literary analysis essays.Active and thoughtful participation in class discussions is required for success in the course.
While the ultimate goal of this course is preparation to pass each of the IBO required assessments and to receive an IB Diploma at the end of the two years, please know that if you actively engage yourself in the coursework, you will have taken a giant step towards college preparation while also growing in your understanding of how to be a positive citizen of the world.
Please note that many of the texts that we will read contain mature language, ideas, and scenarios.
Some assessments will be graded internally (by your instructor) and others will be graded externally (by the IBO).
These specifications are mandated by the IBO and will be discussed at length throughout the course.
Your instructor is a supporter of student learning, not a transmitter of knowledge.
This means that in order to succeed academically, independent thinking, personal motivation and goal-setting, commitment to the workload, organization, curiosity about the world, and an innate desire to learn are absolutely necessary.
Students have 2 hours and 45 minutes to compose a literary analysis essay in response to one of three provided prompts.
They must use at least two of the four novels studied in Part Three to form the basis for their response. Corresponds to Part 3 of the World Literature Course (May of Year 2).
If you’re planning to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme coursework in Literature in English (i.e., English A1), your goal is probably to beef up your profile for college applications.
As such, you may be aiming for the max score in the course, a seven (on a scale of 1-7).