Literature – Critical Study (Part 4)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore literary works in detail
  • Analyze elements such as theme and the ethical stance or moral values of literary texts
  • Understand and make appropriate use of literary terms

Primary Texts Studied:

*Note: Works marked with an asterisk (*) are official IB texts, which means they are the ones that will be on the IOC.

Relevant Junior IB Assessments:

Relevant Senior IB Assessments:

  • Exam Paper 1
  • Exam Paper 2


5 Responses to “Literature – Critical Study (Part 4)”

  1. juan August 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi, I’m from Chile and teaching for the first time Language A: Language and Literature. 1. The first question I have is the following: Does part 4 consist of 3 parts (i.e. oral commentary, and two written assignments)? 2. Do I have to give the student the questions for the oral moderation? Does the student need to examine the work in detail, themes, and literary terms? Does the student need to record the moderation by itself? 3. What do consist of the written assignments for part 4? I would be very thankful if you answer these questions. Bests, Juan.

    • Michelle Lampinen August 29, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

      Hi Juan,
      Have you been given the Language & Literature course guide? It is a long document but has all the information about the course that you will need. I do not work for IB or anything, so my responses will come just from experience.
      Part 4 consists of 2 literary works at SL and 3 literary works at HL. The assessment is the IOC, and possibly a written task (it is not called the written assignment for the lang & lit course; that is the literature course only).
      Yes, you have to ask your students questions at the end of their commentary. It is a mandatory part of the IOC assessment.
      Yes, students should be examining the work in detail.
      Students should NOT be recording their own commentaries; you should have the technology and you should do the recordings for them.
      Read the course guide for details about the written tasks. There are different guidelines, depending on which task you are assigning.
      Good luck, and I hope this helps!

  2. Maureen Vidal May 30, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Dear Ms. Lampinen,
    I need some suggestions for my L&L class. We read Hamlet and Robert Frost poems for part 4 and I need a third option. We used to read The Picture of Dorian Gray, my HL students enjoyed reading the book, but not so much to study it for the oral. Do you have any suggestions that could help me decide what else to read?
    Thank you!

    • Michelle Lampinen June 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi there! For part 4, I have taught 1984, Macbeth, poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, Slaughterhouse-Five, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet. I don’t really love Pride & Prejudice for the oral because Austen is too subtle for many of my students, but the rest have worked well! I hope this helps!

      • juan castro June 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

        I recommend reading Derek Walcott poetry for part 4. Last year, the class went through his poetry collection in Omeros, I hope it helps!

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