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2017 - 2018 syllabus
IB HL Syllabus 2017-2018

 

International Baccalaureate English

Higher Level II Curriculum 2017 - 2018

 

Instructor: James Dundon

Email: james.dundon@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

Office Hours: Room e23; 7:30-8:55, 2:10 – 3:15

I am available every day to help you with assignments or to answer any questions or concerns you have about the course. I am here for you.

 

Semester 1: We study Part 2 of the IB                    Semester 2: We study Part 3 of the IB

Curriculum (detailed study) for the                         Curriculum for exams in the spring.

IOC.                                                                           Literary Genre:  Fiction and short story

Interactive Oral Commentary (IOC)   

                                

 

The Turning

Heart of Darkness

King Lear

Beloved

Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

The Guide

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Texts:

The Turning by Tim Winton

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Poems of Carol Ann Duffy (handouts)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Guide by R.K. Narayan

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

All titles are available for checking out from the media center; however, you may want to consider buying books when possible in order to annotate your text.  Our first novel The Turning can be found online or at Magers & Quinn Booksellers at 3038 Hennepin Ave.

 

Course Description:

IB 12 Higher Lever 2 English is designed to fulfill the requirements of the second year of International Baccalaureate English. Emphasis will be on critical reading and analysis of texts. This course will prepare students for their 20-minute oral exam and for their final IB written exams in the spring. This course will also prepare students for success at university and college. Students will learn to appreciate the craft and elements of literature, develop the ability to reflect critically on texts, and present literary analyses through both oral and written communication.

Course Goals and Learning Objectives:

Students will continue to develop their:                  

·       appreciation of language and literature

·       skills in literary criticism and academic writing

·       understanding of the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts

·       participation in seminar discussion

 

Expectations and Policies:

Academic Honesty: Students must submit their own work. Plagiarism and cheating is not tolerated. Infractions will result in an automatic F on the assignment or the test, and a mandatory meeting will be scheduled with parents and the IB coordinator.

Assignments are expected on the due date. You may submit work past the deadline.  Unfortunately, you will not get a grade higher than a C and I will not provide written feedback on the work.. If you have a printing problem, e-mail the assignment both to me and to yourself the night before the paper is due, and then print the assignment at school.  I will not grade the e-mailed paper, but I will grade it once I have a hard copy. Please email me if you are ill or miss class due to an emergency.

Attendance:  Being prompt to class shows respect and courtesy to me and to your peers. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. If you arrive late, it is your responsibility to change the tardy with the attendance office.

Unexcused absences Students who are chronically absent will be invited to a conference attended by your parents, the IB coordinator, and me. The work from excused absences must be made up within 3 days of returning to school. If you skip class on a test day or when a paper is due, you will receive a zero on that assignment. If you are involved in school activities and will miss class, I expect you to drop your paper off before class.  This includes student council meetings, blood drives, sports events, etc.

 

Participation and Behavior and Electronic Devices

This class is a participatory experience. We learn from each other, from in-class discussion and writing activities. Students are expected to be active, thoughtful participants, both as speakers and listeners. Please be prepared for class by reading the assigned pages the night before.  I expect students to be respectful of class time; students who are more loquacious may want to practice listening skills, and reticent students may need to practice speaking up and voicing their ideas more. Please be mindful of the community by allowing others to speak their opinion, and by respecting multiple viewpoints. Mutual respect is the key to building a strong community in the classroom.  Feel certain that a demonstration of positive energy and quality speaking and listening skills will  earn  you  a top score for 1/8 of the overall grade.  This means focusing on listening to your classmates and teacher, carefully considering what they are saying by filtering it through your own understanding of the text, and providing evidence that you have learned.   Please understand and accept that use of a cell phone or a lap top or a text book from another class or anything that distracts the pursuit of our endeavor to comprehend the complexity of literary art will result in a low participation score.  Please communicate with me ahead of time about your issues with addiction to your cellular device so that we can work together patiently and productively.

 

 

Aug. 28

9th grade only

Aug 29

9th grade only

Aug 30

College essay

Aug 31

College essay

Sept 1

College essay

First Friday

Sept 4

Labor Day

No School

Sept 5

The Turning (19)

Sept 6

The Turning

Sept 7

The Turning

Sept 8

The Turning

Pep Fest

Sept 11

The Turning

 

Sept 12

The Turning

Sept 13

The Turning

Sept 14

The Turning

Sept 15

The Turning

Sept 18

The Turning

Sept 19

The Turning

Open House

6:00 – 8:00

Sept 20

Project Success

Sept 21

The Turning

Sept 22

The Turning

Sept 25

The Turning

Sept 26

The Turning

Sept 27

The Turning

Sept 28

The Turning

Sept 29

The Turning Exam

Oct 2

King Lear (26)

Oct 3

King Lear

Conferences

4:15 – 8:00

Oct 4

King Lear

Oct 5

King Lear

Oct 6

King Lear

Oct 9

King Lear

 

Oct 10

King Lear

Oct 11

King Lear

Conferences

4:00 – 8:00

Oct 12

King Lear

Late Start

Oct 13

King Lear

Oct 16

King Lear

Oct 17

Project Success

Oct 18

King Lear

Oct 19

No School

MEA

Oct 20

No School

MEA

Oct 23

King Lear

 

Oct 24

King Lear

Oct 25

King Lear

Oct 26

King Lear

Oct 27

King Lear

Oct 30

King Lear

Oct 31

King Lear

Nov 1

King Lear Exam

End Q1

Nov 2

No school

Nov 3

No school

Nov. 6

King Lear prep Presentations

Start Q2

Nov 7

King Lear

Presentations

Nov 8

King Lear

Presentations

Nov 9

King Lear

Presentations

Late Start

Nov 10

King Lear

Presentations

Nov 13 

Duffy  (18)

Nov 14

Duffy

Nov 15

Duffy

Nov 16

Project Success

Nov 17

Duffy

Nov 20

Duffy

Nov 21

Duffy

Nov 22

Duffy

Nov 23

No School

Nov 24

No School

Nov 27

Duffy

Nov 28

Duffy

Nov 29

Duffy

Nov 23

Duffy

Nov 24

Duffy

Dec 4

Duffy

Dec 5

Duffy

Dec 6

Duffy

Dec 7

Duffy

Late Start

 

Dec 8

Duffy  Exam

Dec 11

Prep for Orals,

Duffy journals due,

Review Discussion Skills and King Lear

Dec 12

Prep for Orals,

Review King Lear

Dec 13

Prep for Orals,

Review The Turning

 

Dec 14

Prep for Orals,

Review The Turning

Dec 15

Practice Oral Exam:  Commentary and discussion

Dec 18

IB Oral Exam

Dec 19

IB Oral Exam

Dec 20

IB Oral Exam

Dec 21

Project Success

IB Oral Exam

Dec 22

IB Oral Exam

Dec 25

Winter Break

Dec 26

Winter Break

Dec 27

Winter Break

Dec 28

Winter Break

Dec 29

Winter Break

Jan 1

Winter Break

Jan 2

Winter Break

Jan 3

Winter Break

Jan 4

Winter Break

Jan 5

Winter Break

Jan 8

Heart of Darkness  (12)

Jan 9

Heart of Darkness

Jan 10

Heart of Darkness

Jan 11

Heart of Darkness

Late Start

Jan 12

Heart of Darkness

Jan 15         

No School

Jan 16

Project Success

Heart of Darkness

Jan 17

Heart of Darkness

Jan 18

Heart of Darkness

Jan 19

Heart of Darkness

Jan 22

Heart of Darkness

Jan 23

Heart of Darkness

Jan 24

Heart of Darkness Exam

End Q2

Jan 25

No School

Jan 26

No School

Jan 29

Beloved  (21)

Start Q 3

 

Jan 30

Beloved

Jan 31

Beloved

Feb 1

Beloved

Feb 2

Beloved

Feb 5

Beloved

Feb 6

Beloved

Feb 7

Beloved

Feb 8

Late Start

Social Justice Day

Feb 9

Project Success

Feb 12

Beloved

Feb 13

Beloved

Feb 14

Beloved

Feb 15

Beloved

Conferences

4:00 – 8:00

Feb 16

No School

Conferences

8:00 – 12:00

Feb 19         

No school

 

Feb 20

Beloved

Feb 21

Beloved

Feb 22

Beloved

Feb 23

Beloved

Feb 26

Beloved

Feb 27

All School Test Day

Feb 28

Beloved

March 1

Beloved

March 2

Beloved Exam

March 5

The Guide

March 6

The Guide

March 7

The Guide

 

March 8

Late Start

The Guide

March 9

The Guide

March 12

The Guide

March 13

The Guide

March 14

The Guide

March 15

The Guide

March 16

The Guide

March 19

The Guide

March 20

The Guide

March 21

Project Success

March 22

The Guide

March 23

Exam

The Guide

March 26

Handmaid’s Tale (12 + Spring break)

March 27

Handmaid’s Tale

March 28

Handmaid’s Tale

March 29

Handmaid’s Tale

End Q3

March 30

No School

April 2      

Spring Break

April 3

Spring Break

April 4

Spring Break

April 5

Spring Break

April 6

Spring Break

April 9

Start Q 4

Handmaid’s Tale

April 10

Handmaid’s Tale

April 11

Handmaid’s Tale

April 12

Handmaid’s Tale

Late Start

April 13

Handmaid’s Tale

April 16

Handmaid’s Tale

April 17

Handmaid’s Tale

April 18

Exam

Handmaid’s Tale

April 19

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

Choir and Band Trip

April 20

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

Choir and Band Trip

April 23

IB Exam prep

Paper 1

Exam prep

April 24

IB Exam Prep

Paper 2

April 25

IB Exam Prep

Paper 2

April 26

IB Exam Prep

Paper 2

April 27

IB Exam Prep

Paper 2

April 30

IB  Paper 1 Exam

Memoir Project

May 1

IB Paper 2 Exam

May 2

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 3

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 4

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 7

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 8

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 9

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 10

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

Late Start

May 11

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 14

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 15

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 16

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 17

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 18

IB Exams

Memoir Projects

May 21

Memoir Projects Final Presentation

May 22

Memoir Projects Final Presentation

May 23

Memoir Projects Final Presentation

May 24

Memoir Projects Final Presentation

May 25

Memoir Projects Final Presentation

May 28

No School

Memorial Day

May 29

Memoir Projects

Final presentation

May 30

Memoir Projects

Final Presentation

May 31

9:00 a.m. Graduation Practice

June 1

No School

 

June 2

Graduation at Mariucci Arena

4:30 p.m.

June 4

June 5

June 6

June 7

June 8

Last Day Q4

 

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