English

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English I, Grade 9, 1 Credit

This course is designed to deepen students’ capacities to respond to works of literature, to analyze the ways in which writers have fulfilled their artistic intentions, and to express their responses in carefully crafted oral and written presentations. As they read a variety of genres, students will expand their awareness of literary style and will learn approaches that will make them more discerning readers and writers. As a stepping-stone to the IB program, analytical skills will be developed as students view literature with an awareness of literary elements such as theme, narrative technique, structure, and language. In addition to a variety of genres, students will also study vocabulary and grammar as well as the structure and process of good writing. Works studied may include Romeo and Juliet, The House on Mango Street, Farenheit 451, A Separate Peace, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men, poetry, short stories, and other works selected by the teacher. 

English II, Grade 10, 1 Credit

English II builds on the skills begun in English 9, and works to ready students for the IB program. This course will develop skills in close reading, analysis, and composition. Through a study of a range of genres and authors, students will begin to move toward a greater awareness of world literature texts while embracing the habits of mind necessary to be a true “IB Learner.” Students will gain increasing comprehension of genre and style as they analyze, interpret, and compare and contrast literature from different cultural and historical contexts. They will develop their critical thinking skills, write with growing proficiency, and speak with escalating confidence as they make individual as well as group presentations. In preparation for the International Baccalaureate course work, each student will prepare at least one ten minute oral presentation, as well as several written literary commentaries throughout the year. In addition, solid critical essay writing skills will be honed throughout the year. Students will also engage in outside reading, formal vocabulary and grammar study, and the elements of research. Texts studied may include How to Read Literature Like a Professor, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, Things Fall Apart, short stories and poetry by a variety of authors, Othello or Macbeth, and Vocabulary Workshop.

IB English Standard Level 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

In this course IB assessments as well as non-IB assessments will be used, and students will learn to respond to literature orally and in writing on a personal and analytical level. Students will be taught to address the literary elements of works, to write and speak fluently, coherently, and knowledgeably, and to make personal and insightful connections with literature. Students will read the Part IV works (School’s Free Choice), which may include Slaughterhouse Five, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and stories of Flannery O’Connor or other texts selected by the teacher, works linked by their use of narrative technique and the element of social commentary. Each student will give a 10-15 minute oral presentation on a topic of his or her choice based on one of the above works. This presentation will be graded internally using an IB rubric, and it will count toward the student’s overall IB score. Students will also read the Part I works (World Literature), which may include A Doll’s House, Antigone, and The House of Bernarda Alba or other texts selected by the teacher. Standard Level students will write one world literature paper which will be externally assessed, a 1000-1500 word comparative study of two of the above works. In addition to the core curriculum, students will study literary criticism and approaches to critical reading, will do extensive formal and informal writing, and have exposure to a variety of works that are related to those in the core curriculum. This course continues as IB English Standard Level 2 in the senior year.

IB English Higher Level 1, Grade 11, 1 Credit

In this course much emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to independently address the literary elements of works, to write and speak fluently, coherently, and knowledgeably, and to make personal and insightful connections with literature. IB assessments as well as non-IB assessments will be used, and students will be expected to respond to literature orally and in writing on a personal and analytical level. Students will read the Part IV works (School’s Free Choice), which may include Jump and Other Stories, The Emperor, Things Fall Apart, A Long Way Gone or other works selected by the teacher. Each student will give a 10-15 minute oral presentation on a topic of his or her choice based on one of the above works. This presentation will be graded internally using an IB rubric, and it will count toward the student’s overall IB score. Students will also read the Part I works (World Literature), which may include Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Rashomon, Kitchen, The Hour of The Star or other works selected by the teacher. Higher Level students will write two world literature papers which will be externally assessed. The first is a 1000-1500 word comparative study of two of the above works. The second is a 1000-1500 word Detailed Appreciation on a world literature text not used in the first assignment. Students may take several approaches to this assignment, including a comparative study, a creative assignment or a detailed study. In addition to the core curriculum, students will study literary criticism and approaches to critical reading, will do extensive formal and informal writing and journaling, and have exposure to a variety of works that are related to those in the core curriculum. Higher Level students will be expected to respond to literature more independently and in greater depth and breadth than those in Standard Level. This course continues as IB English Higher Level 2 in the senior year.

IB English Standard Level 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

This course will continue the work begun in Standard Level 1. Work in this course will continue to emphasize careful, close reading and a studied critical response to literature. Students will explore various modes of composition and oral presentation, and will hone skills in those areas. Students will read the Part II works (Detailed Study), which may include Hamlet, American poetry, and other works selected by the teacher. Each Standard Level student will complete an Individual Oral Commentary, which is a 15-minute commentary on an extract selected by the teacher from one of the works above. The commentaries are graded internally and moderated by IBO. Finally, students will read the Part III works (Groups of Works), which are works loosely linked thematically and all within the same genre. Those works may include The Old Man and the Sea, Heart of Darkness, and Things Fall Apart or other texts selected by the teacher. Students will be assessed with a written exam consisting of two parts: 1) a commentary (close reading and analysis) on a selection that the candidate has not studied and 2) a choice of questions on the works studied in Part III. This assessment is given late in the second semester and constitutes 50% of the student’s IB grade. At the Standard Level the exam periods are 1 ½ hours long rather than the two hours of the Higher Level.

IB English Higher Level 2, Grade 12, 1 Credit

This course will continue the work begun in Higher Level 1. Work in this course will continue to emphasize independent, careful, close reading and a studied critical response to literature. Students will explore various modes of composition and oral presentation and will hone skills in those areas. Discussion, formal and informal writing, journaling, and presentation will be employed. Building upon essential skills developed in the first year of the program, students will read the Part II works (Detailed Study), which may include Hamlet, poetry, The Tempest, George Orwell essays, and other works selected by the teacher. Each Higher Level student will complete an Individual Oral Commentary, which is a 15-minute commentary on an extract selected by the teacher from one of the works above. The commentaries are graded internally and moderated by IBO. Finally, students will read the Part III works (Groups of Works), which are works loosely linked thematically and all within the same genre. Those works may include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sula, A Room with a View, Lazarillo de Tormes or other texts selected by the teacher. Students will be assessed with a written exam consisting of two parts: 1) a commentary (close reading and analysis) on a selection that the candidate has not studied and 2) a choice of questions on the works studied in Part III. This assessment is given late in the second semester and constitutes 50% of the student’s IB grade. The student is given two hours to complete each part of the exam.

 

 


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