Teacher Resources for the IB Diploma

English B for the IB

Chapter 9 Building blocks of fiction (Literature – higher level)

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Guidance Notes

Chapter 9: Building blocks of fiction (Literature – higher level)

The materials provided in this section of the website support Chapter 9 of the English B for the IB Diploma coursebook: ‘Building blocks of fiction’. This is the first of two chapters on literature, for higher level students, 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 9, you will find the following range of materials:


Lesson plan 9.1: an overview and planning document for Chapter 9.
Lesson plan 9.2: an editable lesson plan template, which can be used to create your own lesson plans for the first of the two literature chapters, ‘Building blocks of fiction’.


Assessment sheet 9.1: provides answers and exemplar responses to the activities in Chapter 9.
Assessment sheet 9.2: provides support for students in writing a proposal for their written assignment, and can be used with Activity 4.3 on page 331 of the coursebook.
Assessment sheet 9.3: provides support for students to assess the sample written assignment (Activity 4.4 on page 331 of the coursebook).

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 9.1: provides a copy of Freytag’s Pyramid for students to annotate when analysing the plot and structure of any text they are studying, and can be used to support Activities 1.2, 1.9 and 1.15 on pages 311, 315 and 317 of the coursebook.
Worksheet 9.2: provides a template structure to help students explore the ways in which writers create character, and can be used for Activity 2.3 on page 321 of the coursebook.
Worksheet 9.3: a grid for comparing Texts 9.3 (_Room_) and 9.4 (_Karoo Boy_), which can be used for Activity 2.7 on page 322 of the coursebook.
Worksheet 9.4: a crossword activity based on Text 9.5 (_Studies in the Park_), with the solution provided on a separate sheet for the teacher to distribute if they choose.
Worksheet 9.5: a grid for students to use when planning the writing of their own review of any literary work, or when analysing a review, such as Text 9.6, on Room by Emma Donoghue.

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.