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IB SL Language Syllabus

 

IB SL LANGUAGE & LITERATURE (Year 2)

2 Year course

Prerequisite: IB SL Language & Literature (Year 1)

 

Instructor: James Dundon

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

 

Office Hours: Room e23; 7:30-8:55, 1:20 – 2:05, 3:00-3:30

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.

 

 

Course Description:

Language A: Language & Literature is a two-year, International Baccalaureate course in which students study both literary and nonliterary texts in order to actively explore the power of language and culture. In addition to reading and analyzing eight to ten anchor texts, students will concurrently examine supplementary texts from a variety of genres and diverse backgrounds.

 

Anchor Texts Include:

  • True West by Sam Shepard
  • Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard
  • Selected poems by Carol Ann Duffy
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

The course has four Parts that are covered over two years.  The following is covered in the second year:

Part 2 - Language and mass communication is: ‘To what extent does a medium, determine a particular message?’ Here we look at how the mass media use language to inform, persuade or entertain. A range of different texts will be studied, from speeches to blogs.  For Part 2 you will explore a great range of text types, from brochures to tweets. As Parts 1 and 2 are used to prepare for the Paper 1 exam, you will want to practice close-reading skills with these texts. Furthermore you will want to examine the structural conventions of many text types, asking yourself questions such as: 'What makes a speech a speech?' 'What is the difference between an opinion column and an essay?' 'What are the effects of various media on their audience?'  

Remember: A texts, as defined by IB, is anything that carries meaning. Having said this, the following are permitted by IB:  advertisements, appeals, biographies, blogs, brochures, cartoons, diaries, editorials, essays, feature articles, films, letters, manifestos, memoirs, news reports, opinion columns, parodies
pastiches, photographs, reports, screenplays, song lyrics, speeches, tabloid articles, tweets, travel writing

On page 19 and 20 of the Language A: Language and Literature guide, you find a list of 'suggest topics' that you can explore for Part 2.On IB documentation, such as written task rationale forms, you will have to communicate which 'topics' you have studied. Your lessons may be organized around a particular theme or subject, but it is important that several of these 'topics' relate to the texts that you explore. How many do we suggest by 'several'? There is no exact requirement, but you may consider covering three to seven different topics. HL students may cover more 'topics' that SL students. Here is a list of the 'suggested topics' as they appear in the guide (see pages in the left column for lessons on these topics).

There are three forms of assessment that correspond to the learning outcomes and topics in Part 2.

Further oral activities - You will have to conduct at least one further oral activity that relates to Part 2.

Written tasks - Students write several written tasks for their written task portfolio. At both SL and HL students must include at least one written task that corresponds to Part 1.

Paper 1 - The kinds of skills required for the Paper 1 exam should be dealt with in Parts 1 and 2 of the course These include: commentary writing, comparative analytical skills, close reading and the identification of various stylistic features.

 

Part 3 - Literature: texts and contexts focuses on how context influences both the composition and the interpretation of literary texts.  The assessment for part 3 is the Paper 2 essay exam where the students select one of six unseen essay questions. Students answer one of the questions with reference to at least two of the Part 3 literary works that were studied in class. Students receive 1.5 hours at SL and 2 hours at HL to write their essay. This form of assessment is also externally assessed for 25% of the final mark.   Also, SL students must also write a written task based on a literary work from either Parts 3.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Through this course, students will learn to think critically, synthesize knowledge, and make interdisciplinary connections. Students will make inferences and provide support for their claims. They will analyze how audience, context, and purpose affect the structure, content, and interpretation of texts. Further, students will understand the way mass media uses language and images to inform, persuade, or entertain.

 

Instructional Methods/Assessments:

Students will participate in the writing process, shared inquiry discussions, media analysis of supplementary texts, media production including blogging, building videos, and websites and analyzing texts’ purpose, audience, bias, and context. The major IB assessments include literary analysis essays, original writing emulating text types, collaborative presentations on topics related to anchor texts, and individual oral commentaries on specific literary passages.

 

Recommended Background for Success:

Students taking IB Language and Literature should be able to work independently and collaboratively. They must be willing to take risks and accept and incorporate constructive feedback. Students should have experience reading a variety of texts (media, informational, literature) and can analyze the credibility of a text.

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

True West

 

Sept 6

True West

Sept 7

True West

Sept 8

Pep Fest

Sept 11

True West

Sept 12

True West

Sept 13

True West

Sept 14

True West

Sept 15

True West

Sept 18

True West

Sept 19

True West

Open House

6:00 – 8:00

Sept 20

Project Success

Sept 21

True West

Sept 22

Exam True West

Sept 25

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Sept 26

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Sept 27

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Sept 28

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Sept 29

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 2

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 3

Master Harold and the Boys

Conferences

4:15 – 8:00

Oct 4

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 5

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 6

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 9

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 10

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 11

Master Harold and the Boys

Conferences

4:00 – 8:00

Oct 12

Master Harold and the Boys

Late Start

Oct 13

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 16

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 17

Project Success

Oct 18

Master Harold and the Boys

 

Oct 19

No School

MEA

Oct 20

No School

MEA

Oct 23

Intro Poetry

Oct 24

Intro Poetry

Oct 25

Intro Poetry

Oct 26

Intro Poetry

Oct 27

Into Poetry

Oct 30

Poetry Commentary Exam

Oct 31

Poetry Commentary Exam

Nov 1

End Q1

Nov 2

No school

Nov 3

No school

Nov. 6

Duffy

Start Q2

Nov 7

Duffy

Nov 8

Duffy

Nov 9

Duffy

Late Start

Nov 10

Duffy

Nov 13 

Duffy 

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 Exam,

Duffy Journals Due,

IB Oral Exam

Dec 5

The Color Purple,

IB Oral Exam

Dec 6

The Color Purple,

IB Oral Exam

Dec 7

The Color Purple,

IB Oral Exam

Late Start

 

Dec 8

The Color Purple,

IB Oral Exam

Dec 11

The Color Purple

Dec 12

The Color Purple

Dec 13

The Color Purple

Dec 14

The Color Purple

Dec 15

The Color Purple

Dec 18

The Color Purple

Dec 19

The Color Purple

Dec 20

The Color Purple

Dec 21

Project Success

Dec 22

The Color Purple

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

The Color Purple

Jan 9

The Color Purple

Jan 10

The Color Purple

Jan 11

The Color Purple

Late Start

Jan 12

The Color Purple,

Written Task 1

Jan 15         

No School

 

Jan 16

Project Success

Jan 17

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 18

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 19

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 22

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 23

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 24

Einstein’s Dreams

End Q2

Jan 25

No School

Jan 26

No School

Jan 29

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 30

Einstein’s Dreams

Jan 31

Einstein’s Dreams

Feb 1

Einstein’s Dreams

 

Feb 2

Einstein’s Dreams

Feb 5

The Great Gatsby

Feb 6

The Great Gatsby

Feb 7

The Great Gatsby

Feb 8

Late Start

Social Justice Day

Feb 9

Project Success

Feb 12

The Great Gatsby

Feb 13

The Great Gatsby

Feb 14

The Great Gatsby

Feb 15

The Great Gatsby

Conferences

4:00 – 8:00

Feb 16

No School

Conferences

8:00 – 12:00

Feb 19         

No school

 

Feb 20

The Great Gatsby

Feb 21

The Great Gatsby

Feb 22

The Great Gatsby

Feb 23

The Great Gatsby

Feb 26

The Great Gatsby

Feb 27

All School Test Day

Feb 28

The Great Gatsby

March 1

Project Success

March 2

The Great Gatsby

March 5

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 6

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 7

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 8

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Late Start

 

March 9

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 12

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 13

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 14

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 15

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 16

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 19

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 20

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 21

Project Success

March 22

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 23

 Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 26

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 27

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 28

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

March 29

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

Start Q 4

 

April 10

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

 

April 11

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

 

April 12

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

Late Start

April 13

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

 

April 16

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

 

April 17

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

 

April 18

IB Exam Prep Paper 1

 

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 2

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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