Language and culture are the frameworks through which humans experience, communicate, and understand reality.Lev Vygotsky
As DP language & literature educators, you help your students grow in three critical domains: as readers, critical thinkers, and writers. Your students read literature, classic and contemporary, but they also read non-literary texts: advertisements, photographs, blogs, and infographics. If you choose, you might even teach them to read music videos! Ultimately, you will teach your students to read the world. It’s an awesome responsibility, and the task can be quite daunting.
This guide provides you with downloadable tools and actionable strategies to create a lively and engaging syllabus. There is a tremendous amount of flexibility in course design and text selection. Use this guide in whatever manner suits you. The resources found within are designed to help you support student learning. They are created for you with the same spirit of curiosity and wonder you take into your teaching each day.
Who is this for and what’s inside?
- New educators interested in learning what the course is all about will find:
- Slide deck to introduce areas of exploration to your students
- A student-facing global issues slide deck
- Three sample course outlines: The Juggernaut, The Boiling Frog, The Collaborator
- A curated collection of non-literary bodies of work
- Experienced teachers looking to enhance their practice will find different perspectives on all assessments, including superior performance examples. In addition, you’ll find:
- A student-facing slide deck on formal academic writing focused on writing techniques appropriate for papers 1, 2, and the HL essay
- Paper 2: a guide to conceptual understandings
- A universal practice timer with a template packed with questions to prep your students for the IO
- Lines of Inquiry & Thesis Statements, a student-facing slide deck to support students while they write their HL essay
- DP coordinators and school leaders looking for strategies and resources to support their language and literature team
- Big Picture: Course-wide learning targets based on the four criteria