IB English IOC Hacks: Full Lesson Plans & Resources

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The IB English Individual Oral Commentary (IB English IOC). These lesson plans and activities are the antidote to anxiety and bundles of nerves in the classroom and at home. Coupled with fit-to-purpose resources that contain an element of fun, your students will build confidence and skills as they learn to -

• Create a robust Thesis Statement that sets them up for success.
• Write Body Paragraphs using proven Point, Evidence, Analysis structure.
• Edit ideas so they have time for analysis.
• With guidance, explore model commentaries. Spoken and transcribed.
• Use every minute of their time effectively.
• Use advertisements to gain confidence in delivering their IOC.
• Practice planning using a workable structure.
• Stay motivated, right to the end.

Resources included in this pack
Confidence building activities + examples
Mini and comprehensive writing / planning activities + examples
Template to build essay structure
Links to model IOC commentaries
Annotated model IOC transcript
Annotated sample advertisement
IOC model template
IOC student template

Please contact Claire Vorster for free resources, or with other questions. Many thanks!

Total Pages
16 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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