Planning sheet 1: Topic planner for Chapter 6 ‘Health’



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Planning sheet 6.1: Topic planner for Chapter 6 ‘Health’


This planning document provides you with an overview of the contents of Chapter 6 of the Cambridge IB English B coursebook. This chapter offers course material for the topic option ‘Health’, and is supported by the IB English B website resources.

You may find this document helpful when:



  • searching for specific texts, resources, grammar exercises

  • searching for links to TOK, CAS and the extended essay

  • creating your own lesson and unit plans for this topic

  • preparing curriculum documents for your department or leadership team

  • giving students a quick overview of each chapter.

In this planning document, page numbers refer to the Cambridge English B for the IB Diploma coursebook. The online resources refer to worksheets (ws) and assessment resources (as) available on the supporting website which can be found at ibdiploma.cambridge.org


Unit 6.1: Alternative medicine


Text number, type, title, page reference


Online resources

Form and meaning

Learning outcomes




    1. Website/article: ‘Homeopathy In Singapore’ (page 206).

    2. News article: ‘Alternative medicine, a growing trend’ (page 208).

    3. Article: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine Facts’ (pages 213–14).







  • Assessment sheet 6.1. ‘Answers to activities in Chapter 6’ (filename: IB_elb_6_assess_as1).

  • Worksheet 6.1 ‘Looking at quotes and sources in Text 6.2’ for Activity 1.8 on page 207 (filename: IB_elb_6_resources_ws1).

  • Worksheet 6.2 ‘Ayurveda – self assessment graph’ for use with Activity 1.20 on page 215 (filename: IB_elb_6_resources_ws2).












  • Expand topic-specific vocabulary.

  • Explore the topic of alternative medicine.

  • Build reading comprehension skills.

  • Build discussion and writing skills.

Links to TOK

Links to Extended Essay

Links to learner profile

Links to CAS



  • Students discuss the use of euphemisms in promoting alternative medicine (page 204).

  • Students are invited to discuss the role of the scientific method in homeopathy (page 206).

  • Students learn more about the concept ‘placebo’ and its role in testing the effectiveness of alternative medicine (page 211).

  • Students discuss the differences between ‘facts’ and ‘beliefs’ (page 213).






  • Students are invited to analyse the language that is used on websites that promote alternative medicines. A suggested title reads ‘How does Ayurveda Retreat use language to convince readers of the validity of Ayurvedic medicine and encourage them to visit their health centre?’ (page 212).



  • Balanced – Students are asked to find a balance between open-mindedness and scepticism when exploring the subject of alternative medicine (page 203).

  • Open-minded – students are encouraged to be open-minded when discussing the effectiveness of homeopathy (page 206).

  • Reflective – Students are encouraged to reflect on their own personality traits, using Ayurvedic terminology (page 215).








Unit 6.2: Beauty and health


Text number, type, title, page reference


Online resources

Form and meaning

Learning outcomes




    1. Interview: ‘Expert Susie Orbach answer questions about the negative effects of culture on self-esteem and body image’ (pages 219–20).

    2. News article: ‘Addicted to fairness creams?’ (pages 223–24).

    3. News article: ‘Isabelle Caro, Anorexic Model, Dies at 28 (page 229–30).







  • Worksheet 6.3 ‘Text 6.6 – word-sorting exercise’ to use with Activity 2.21 on page 231(filename: IB_elb_6_resources_ws3).






  • Students learn about and practise using parallelisms. (pages 225–26).







  • Expand topic-specific vocabulary.

  • Discuss topics related to the beauty industry and self-image.

  • Build reading comprehension skills.

  • Build discussion and writing skills.

Links to TOK

Links to Extended Essay

Links to learner profile

Links to CAS



  • Students are asked to define ‘beauty’ (page 216).












  • Students are encouraged to spread awareness about the beauty industry by organising events around this theme (page 220).





Unit 6.3: Writing a news report


Text number, type, title, page reference


Online resources

Form and meaning

Learning outcomes




    1. News article: ‘Fat Phobias harm Zulu women’ (pages 233–34).







  • Worksheet 6.4 ‘Using the 5 Ws to analyse a news report’ for use with Activity 3.2 on page 233 (filename: IB_elb_6_resources_ws4).

  • Worksheet 6.5 ‘New reports’ for Activities 3.4–3.6 on pages 235–36 (filename: IB_elb_6_resources_ws5).







  • Inquirers - Students come to understand the importance of inquiry in journalism (page 233).




  • Students understand the range of devices used in new reports.

  • Students practise writing a news report.

Unit 6.4: Assessment: The individual oral


Text number, type, title, page reference


Online resources

Form and meaning

Learning outcomes

Two stimulus images, a and b, for the individual oral can be found on page 237.







  • Assessment sheet 6.2 ‘Key words for the individual oral exam’ for Activity 4.1 on page 237 (filename: IB_elb_6_assess_as2).

  • Assessment sheet 6.3 ‘Assessing an individual oral response’ for use with Activities 4.5 and 4.6 on page 238 (filename: IB_elb_6_assess_as3).




  • Reflective - Students are encouraged to listen to, and give feedback on, peer recordings of individual orals (page 238).






  • Students become familiar with the assessment criteria for the individual oral.

  • Students explore ways of preparing for their individual oral exam.



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