DP English Literature, Higher Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international mindedness. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to communicate effectively in speaking and in writing about a wide range of topics related to literature. Formal and informal oral presentations, as well as formal and informal written tasks are a requirement and will be based upon a selected group of fifteen primary texts and related secondary sources. Students will be evaluated through tests and quizzes, formal compositions and informal writings, including specific analyses and commentaries, frequent oral assessments, and projects. At the end of the two-year sequence, students will take the IB External Assessment consisting of one oral commentary on a passage from one of the texts studied and three written exams. In addition, students at the Higher Level will send to the IBDP one world literature paper that they prepared during the junior year. Higher Level students are required to present more analysis in writing and are required to include more detail and longer responses during oral assessments. Assessment standards for SL and HL classes are different although the assessments themselves are the same.