Teacher Resources for the IB Diploma

English Language and Literature for the IB

Chapter 7 The mechanics of fiction

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Guidance Notes

Chapter 7: The mechanics of fiction

The materials provided on this website support the Cambridge coursebook English Language and Literature for the IB Diploma. This section of materials is linked to Chapter 7: The mechanics of fiction. This is the first of two chapters which cover part 4 of the IB Language A: Language and Literature syllabus – Literature: critical study.

The materials can be used to supplement and extend the coursebook content, and links to the appropriate coursebook pages are given on individual sheets.

All materials, apart from images, give the choice of either PDF or Word format, which can be printed out and used as given, or edited to suit your needs. Student worksheets can be printed and completed by hand, or supplied to students in editable format, to allow them to be completed on-screen, and then printed out or saved as digital documents. Lesson plans are likewise supplied as PDFs or in an editable Word format for teachers to adapt to their own needs.

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For Chapter 7, you will find the following range of materials:


Lesson plan 7.1: introducing part 4 ‘Literature: critical study’ – using the ‘literary toolbox’


Assessment sheet 7.1: planning written task 2 (HL only) for part 4 ‘Literature: critical study’.

The optional editable Word format enables students to complete the assessment activities on-screen.


Students are provided with the following worksheets to support their work in Part 4 of the course:

Worksheet 7.1: the mechanics of fiction – engaging with texts; the components of narrative structure.
Worksheet 7.2: Freytag’s Pyramid – using Freytag’s Pyramid for plot analysis.
Worksheet 7.3: using the ‘literary toolbox’ – categorising the tools in the ‘literary toolbox’.
Worksheet 7.4: narrative voice in literary texts – exploring narrative choices.

Under Resources you will also find:

  • the coursebook Glossary in PDF format
  • a list of selected images from the coursebook, available in PDF format for projection or for printing out
  • selected images for this chapter.