Teacher Resources for the IB Diploma

English B for the IB

Chapter 1 Communication and media

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Guidance Notes

Chapter 1: Communication and media

The materials provided in this section of the website support Chapter 1of the English B for the IB Diploma coursebook: ‘Communication and media’. This is the first of three chapters which cover the core topics of the IB English B syllabus.

The resources for this first chapter also include the following:

  • A complete list of the texts used in the coursebook, by chapter.
  • A copy of the complete Glossary of vocabulary and terms, as on pages 357–62 of the coursebook.

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

All materials, apart from image resources, 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 in an editable Word format, as well as PDF, for teachers to adapt to their own needs.
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The materials are grouped into three categories, from which you can select from the menus above.

For Chapter 1, you will find the following range of materials:


Lesson plan 1.1: an overview and planning document for Chapter 1.
Lesson plan 1.2: an exemplar lesson plan for Chapter 1, which can be used as a model for you to create your own lesson plans for any part of the IB English B course, using the editable templates provided for each chapter of the coursebook.
Lesson plan 1.3: an editable lesson plan template, which can be used to create your own lesson plans for the core topic of ‘Communication and media’.


Assessment sheet 1.1: provides answers and exemplar responses to the activities in Chapter 1.
Assessment sheet 1.2: supports students in assessing the sample written assignment for this chapter.
Assessment sheet 1.3: provides students with a copy of the Venn diagram on page 35 of the coursebook, as a tool for comparing three of the texts used in this chapter.

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 this core topic:

Worksheet 1.1: supporting Activity 1.3 on page 3 of the coursebook, students predict the effects the internet will have in 20 years’ time, which may be used as the basis for a discussion.
Worksheet 1.2: students list the arguments for and against the subject of Text 1.4 ‘Google is making you dumber’, as the basis for discussion or a piece of written work, supporting Activity 1.24 on page 14 of the coursebook.
Worksheet 1.3: using synonyms to explore the vocabulary in Text 1.6 ‘Video games “could be used for education”’, this worksheet supports Activities 2.9 and 2.10 on page 21 of the coursebook.
Worksheet 1.4: for use with Activity 2.24 on page 27 of the coursebook, students consider the meaning of ‘bias’, and record examples from Text 1.7 ‘Boring game? Hire a player’.
Worksheet 1.5: the grid supplied is used to record evidence of the characteristics of blog writing in Text 1.8 ‘Who will jail Web democracy in Africa?’, supporting Activities 3.3–3.5 on pages 28–29 of the coursebook, and can be used to analyse any relevant text being studied.
Information sheet 1.1: a complete list of the texts used in the coursebook.
Glossary: a copy of the complete Glossary of vocabulary and terms, as on pages 357–62 of the coursebook.

Under Resources you will also find:

  • a list of selected images and artworks from the coursebook, by chapter, available in PDF format for projection or for printing out
  • selected image and artwork resources for this chapter