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This is a 185 slide scheme of work for the new English A: L&L IBDP course. There is also an IGCSE SoW here. This unit lasts between 5-6 weeks and covers a variety of different tasks and activities. The main focus is on the collection of poems from ‘The World’s Wife’, however some stand alone non-literary tasks have been included to support the teaching of Paper 1 and the Individual Oral. I have also included extracts from some non-literary bodies of work that you could teach in their entirety if you choose to.


This scheme of work is aimed at introducing pupils to poetry and how to analyse at IBDP level. Pupils cover how to write about the poetry with a comparative focus towards the end of the SoW – this directly links to Paper 2. However, the scheme of work makes use of and refers to: the key concepts, global issues and the areas of exploration. This is so pupils are fully prepared to use this collection for any assessment of their choosing. I have also incorporated several non-literary texts as not only is this good practice for Paper 1 but it also may be something the pupil chooses to use for the IO or the HL essay. All non-literary texts that are used link to the poetry in some way so also help to take ideas and key concepts further as well as supporting alternative and in-depth interpretations of the poetry text.


This scheme of work covers the following areas of teaching and learning:

Use of Paper 2 criteria

Close, group analysis of some chapters

Group presentations

Individual presentations

Various types of group discussions

Collaborative learning strategies

Developing skills of analysis and interpretation

Lessons that focus on embedding academic essay writing skills

Guidance for approaching, understanding and analysing both literary and non-literary texts

Example responses

Paper 1 practice - stand alone non-literary. Various text types used. How to answer guidance.

Focus on applying the areas of exploration

Analysis of: themes, perspective, language, structure, meaning & message

Analysis of poems (modelled, as a group, in pairs, individually)

How to identify and comment on authorial choice

Various homework tasks: reading, research, essay questions

Use of criteria and activities that help pupils to engage with the assessment criteria

How to write a comparative essay

How to write an essay focused on one text

Self and peer assessment

Dual coding is used throughout


Full SoW for 'The World's Wife' by Duffy: IBDP

  • 185 slide PPT with comments on selected slides

    Peer and self assessment sheets

    ‘How to develop analysis’ guide sheet

    ‘How to write an analytical essay’ guide sheet

    ‘How to write a comparative analytical essay’ guide sheet

    List of tier 2 & 3 vocabulary to help with knowledge, understanding and application

    Variety of non-literary texts

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