English Literature HL
This course is a two-year course that meets the IB requirements of 240 hours of instruction.
The IB English Literature course
develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In
literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety
of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated
texts from other cultural domains—are combined with a study of the way
literary conventions shape responses to texts. Students completing this
course will have a thorough knowledge of texts that cover a wide range
of time periods and literary genres including novels, poems, and plays.
They will also have developed skills of analysis and the ability to
support an argument in clearly expressed writing. Students will
appreciate the artistry of literature and develop an ability to reflect
critically on their reading with an emphasis on literary style, devices,
form, techniques, motifs, diction, and themes. Students will
demonstrate their ability to provide literary commentary about prose,
poetry, and novels, both in written form and in presentations. IB
English Literature requires a variety of internal and external written
and oral assessments, which will begin in the junior year and conclude
during the senior year. The course assumes that literature is concerned
with ideas, interpretations and experiences, and the study of such
allows us to better understand the total human experience.