Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Language A: Literature HL/SL

Language A: Literature HL is a course that looks at varying conceptions, interpretations, and experiences of the world through literature. By comparing local, national, and international works that come from a variety of genres and periods, students learn that literature is heavily influenced by cultural perspectives; however, the universality of the human experience is paramount. The following texts are among those selected for study over the course of a two year program, though they are subject to change.

Grade 11

Grade 12

Various Poets, Selected Poetry

Various Authors, Selected Short Stories

Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Mulisch, The Assault

Naruda, Selected Poetry SL

Satrapi, Persepolis

Ibsen, A Doll's House

Orwell, 1984

Miller, Death of a Salesman

Shakespeare, The Tempest

Keats, Selected Poetry

Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Kincaid, Annie John

Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Objectives and Practices
Building on the skills developed through the BC Language Arts 10 curriculum and/or the MYP Language A curriculum, students develop the ability to engage in close and detailed analysis of individual texts. Students learn to appreciate the stylistic, aesthetic, and artistic qualities of literature and to make relevant connections between works. This careful examination of literature lends itself to independent, critical, and original thinking.

Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the English: Literature HL paper 1 and 2 rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 1 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on two exams (45%) written at the end of their second year, on one, 1500 word written assignment (25%), and on two oral presentations (30%) completed either in their first or second year.

External Assessment

Internal Assessment:
Externally Moderated

Paper 1: 120 Minutes 20%

Paper 2: 120 minutes 25%

Written Assignment: 25%

Individual Oral Commentary & Discussion:

Individual Oral Presentation: 15%