Teacher Resources for the IB Diploma

English Language and Literature for the IB

Chapter 2 Close reading

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Guidance Notes

Chapter 2: Close reading

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 2: Close reading. This is the second of two chapters which cover Part 1 of the IB Language A: Language and Literature syllabus – Language in cultural context.

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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The materials are grouped into three categories, from which you can select from the menus above.

For Chapter 2, you will find the following range of materials:


Lesson plan 2.1: close reading for Part 1: Language in cultural context.


Assessment sheet 2.1: practising strategies for Paper 1 (SL).
Assessment sheet 2.1: practising strategies for Paper 1 (HL).

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 1 of the course:

Worksheet 2.1: close reading using ‘The Big 5’.
Worksheet 2.2: exploring context – activities using an extract from De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
Worksheet 2.3: working with visual texts – analysing a film poster and planning a Paper 1 commentary.

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.