IB English – Year One (Higher Level & Standard Level)

The IB English course is a two-year-long curriculum designated by the International Baccalaureate organization, but designed by the teachers here st SBS to suit their students and the goals of our school’s mission.  The first two of the four units in this program are the “Options” unit and the Works in Translation unit.

The Junior year begins with the Options unit, wherein students read works freely selected by the teacher and class.  This is an opportunity for the class to begin to understand the demands of the IB program, and the standards of the Junior year.

The second unit, Works in Translation, focuses on reading texts not originally in English for the purpose of understanding the complexity of translation and the importance of cultural understanding.

At both levels, HL and SL, students are expected to read carefully, contribute productively, and work with the goal of improving writing and evaluative skills.  They will write frequently, speak often, give one major presentation, and conclude the year with the Written Assignment, a culminating 1500 word essay exploring the cultural context of one of the works in translation.  At the Higher Level students read more texts, complete longer and more complex assignments, have more rigorous assessment standards, and are expected to challenge themselves with a higher level of independent and critical thought.

Past texts include: The Awakening, The Things They Carried, The Stranger, Othello, Woman at Point Zero, Perfume, The Kite Runner, The Lover, Cyrano de Bergerac, Slaughterhouse-Five, Oedipus Rex, The Great Gatsby, Passing, Into the Wild, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, A Doll’s House

IB English I Instructors: Shawn Durrett (SL Year I) and Jacob Steward (HL Year 1)