Course Outline 2011-13 (HL)

Part 1: Works in Translation

Sophocles, Antigone 

Confucius, Analects (HL only)

Yu Hua, To Live

Part 1 Assessment: 1 essay, 1200-1500 words long, plus a 300-400 word “reflective statement”.

Part 2: Detailed Study

Shakespeare, Hamlet 

John Keats, selected poems (HL only)

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles 

Part 2 Assessment: 10-minute oral commentary (IOC) on the style and content of a passage from one of these works. HL: IOC is on poetry, followed by a 10-minute discussion of one of the other two works.

Part 3: Literary Genres

Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

Morrison, Beloved (HL only)

Part 3 Assessment: Essay, Paper 2 of May examination.

Part 4: Options

Amy Tan, Joy Luck Club

Homer, The Odyssey

Thoreau, “On Civil Disobedience”

Part 4 Assessment: 10-15 minute individual oral presentation (IOP).

Other Assessment: Written commentary on a previously unseen passage (Paper 1 of May examination).


The evidence for your argument consists of details from the text. If you do not refer to details from the text, then your argument will lack supporting evidence and will fail to persuade anyone.

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