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


    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


    • Included in this bundle

      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