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May 28, 2015

More on Textual Analysis

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May 27, 2015

Thursday’s period

1.  Mr Lucas will introduce the summer reading for next year. (10 minutes)

2. Choose either the HL or SL option. Write the opening paragraph for your analysis and an outline for the remainder of the texts(s). (60 minutes)

Make sure you utilize the key textual analysis tools that we covered earlier in the year including key literary terms, SPLAT  etc. I have also added another key conceptual resource in this post.

Here are the HL texts:

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And the SL text:

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The conceptual resource is here:

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3. For the last ten minutes watch the Steven Pinker video on ‘The Language of Swearing.’


Watch the second part for homework. Make sure you have read Bill Bryson’s chapter on swearing too.



May 25, 2015

Everybody’s favourite ‘A’ word

Yes it’s assessment and here’s a summary of our Semester 2 key assessments courtesy of Ray ‘slice after slice’ Hashimoto.

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I mentioned in the class that you have the option of completing an optional language change related assessment. Either an FOA or a WT. Love those acronyms. Here is an example of one each of these.

Here Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell provides a master class in swearing like a Brit. Anglophenia produces many good examples of FOAs.



John Humphrys, a well-known British news journalist often comments on language change and usage. Here’s an opinion piece on txting. See what I did there?

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May 18, 2015

I swear…

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The notion of taboo and language is a fascinating one. Bill Bryson discusses swearing in this chapter from Mother Tongue.

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May 14, 2015

Planet Word

Filed under: English,IB,Language and Literature @ 1:04 am

David Crystal is one world’s most foremost experts on language. His many academic interests include English language learning and teaching, clinical linguistics, forensic linguistics, language death, “ludic linguistics” (Crystal’s neologism for the study of language play), style, English genre, Shakespeare, indexing, and lexicography.

In this essay he talks about the development of English as a world language.

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And here are a series of readings on the evolution of English.

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May 7, 2015

The Story of English

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Two chapters from Bill Bryson’s Mother Tongue for your edification.

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April 23, 2015

Let’s get it write

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A brief explanation about integrating quotes in literary essays.

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And just for Luke, because he is special, here are two Paper 2 essays written under exam conditions. Both are in the 6-7 range. One is an SL essay and the other from a HL student.


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Here are three very interesting reads:

1. The New York Times editorial on Abe’s US visit.

2. How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you’re black a well written feature from the Tampa Bay Times.

3. A breaking news story from JFK airport in New York.



April 13, 2015

The Comparative Literary Essay

Here’s an analysis of ‘Shooting an Elephant.’

And a mind map examining the two Orwell essays.

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An outline for planning the EB White comparative essay. You can see that this plan can easily be adapted.

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A resource packet for the Orwell essays.

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Finally here are five essay topics. Choose ONE, write an essay using either the essays of Orwell or White or if you are feeling adventurous Orwell and White. Write 800-1000 words. Due Friday April 24.


April 9, 2015

TGIF Humour

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March 30, 2015

Linsanity lives here

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This one is not just for the ballers! It’s a great piece of writing period. Pablo S. Torre profiles Jeremy Lin, yes he of Linsanity fame. The profile reveals the hard edge of professional sport and addresses the racism and stereotyping that exists within.

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