Teacher Resources for the IB Diploma

English Language and Literature for the IB

Chapter 5 The context of interpretation

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Guidance Notes

Chapter 5: The context of interpretation

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 5: The context of interpretation. This is the first of two chapters which cover part 3 of the IB Language A: Language and Literature syllabus – Literature: texts and contexts.

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 5, you will find the following range of materials:


Lesson plan 5.1: beginning the study of part 3, ‘Literature: texts and contexts’.


Assessment sheet 5.1: practice for Paper 2 on part 3, ‘Literature: texts and contexts’.
Assessment sheet 5.2: preparing for written task 1 on part 3, ‘Literature: texts and contexts’.

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 5.1: working with fiction – approaches and responses to fiction, with an Extension activity on opening lines.
Worksheet 5.2: questions and answers – the importance of approaching the interpretation of fiction with an open and enquiring mind.
Worksheet 5.3: interpretive approaches – applying the three different approaches to literature, using an extract from Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.
Worksheet 5.4: a director’s notebook – interpreting a text through considerations of staging and ‘bringing a text to life’.

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.