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

Elizabeth Drew once said, “The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.” IB English will inspire students to be original, to exercise creativity, to think critically and to actively engage with the literature assigned. Students will explore novels, plays, poetry and nonfiction prose. They will be encouraged to strengthen and develop their analytical skills through textual analysis, oral presentation and written assignment. World literature and literature of varied genres, time periods and styles will challenge students to gain an appreciation for and understanding of artistic technique and to develop a global perspective of life and the shared human experience, thus preparing them for a lifelong pursuit of learning.

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.* International Baccalaureate courses are two years in length, taken during a student’s 11th and 12th grade years.

IB English I Instructor: Abigail Reed and Jacob Steward