Teacher Resources for the IB Diploma

English B for the IB

Chapter 8 Science and technology

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Guidance Notes

Chapter 8: Science and technology

The materials provided in this section of the website support Chapter 8 of the English B for the IB Diploma coursebook: ‘Science and technology’. This is one of five chapters which cover the topic options in the IB English B syllabus.

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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For Chapter 8, you will find the following range of materials:


Lesson plan 8.1: an overview and planning document for Chapter 8.
Lesson plan 8.2: an editable lesson plan template, which can be used to create your own lesson plans for the topic option ‘Science and technology’.


Assessment sheet 8.1: provides answers and exemplar responses to the activities in Chapter 8.
Assessment sheet 8.2: supporting Activity 4.1 on page 302, this resource helps students prepare for Paper 2 at higher level, by providing a useful checklist of the characteristics of the different text types for Section A.
Assessment sheet 8.3: provides support for students to assess the sample response to specimen Paper 2 against their own response, and to highlight points for improving their work.

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 8.1: provides a reuseable template for a ‘Know, Want, Learn’ table.
Worksheet 8.2: a TOK activity in identifying ambiguity in a text, with reference to Text 8.5 ‘Human health’.
Worksheet 8.3: a wordsearch activity using words from Text 8.3, on IVF, with the solution provided on a separate sheet, for distribution if the teacher chooses.
Worksheet 8.4: provides a copy of Text 8.6, the IB policy on the use of animal experimentation, for students to annotate for Activities 2.15 and 2.16 on page 295 of the coursebook.
Worksheet 8.5: a checklist of tips for students to use when writing a report, or analysing a report text, such as Text 8.7 on animal testing.

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.