Students are encouraged to obtain personal copies of the texts we will study in English 5 IB HL so they can highlight and/or mark them with their own notations; in some cases, texts will be available from the school, but these cannot be written in.
Below are brief descriptions of the English 5 IB texts.
Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers. A young family from Cameroon struggles to make their way in New York in the shadow of the economic collapse of 2008. Is this the American Dream…or a nightmare?
Shakespeare, King Lear. Power, treachery, madness, violence, family dysfunction, and really crappy weather–all in one play!
Shusaku Endo, Silence. A 17th Century Portuguese priest secretly slips into Japan to search for an apostate friend. Trouble is, Christianity is illegal, and the penalty is death…
Carol Ann Duffy, The World’s Wife. England’s first female Poet Laureate strikes at the heart of patriarchy with this celebrated poetic collection.
James Joyce, Dubliners. The greatest collection of short fiction ever written in English? You be the judge.
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway. I don’t know how she does it! Clarissa is planning a party, and as usual, she has her act together…or does she? Nothing is as it seems in this brilliant Modernist novel.
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day. Don’t let the name fool you: Ishiguro is thoroughly English. In this modern novel of manners and missed opportunities, a butler goes for a drive and considers the larger meaning of his life’s journey.
Ian McEwan, Atonement. A magisterial novel of England during WWII, Atonement is a love story, a war story, a study of social class, and surprisingly, an insightful exploration of writing and why it matters. Our IB journey comes full circle in McEwan’s moving tale.