MYP English Language and Literature - Grade 7

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Summary:
Welcome to a new school year! We anticipate a challenging year of investigating, examining, exploring, sharing, and learning. Together, we will work towards achieving everyone’s personal best.
A key element of the English language and literature program is the appreciation of how language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, and as such it permeates the whole curriculum. Reading, analytical and writing skills will be developed through a close study of literary and media texts and your own wide reading.
 
Units and topics:
Unit 1 – Good Things Come in Small Packages
 
●      Reading a selection of short stories
●      Using graphic organizers 
●      Identifying Elements of Literature
●      Reviewing Paragraph Writing
●      Writing a short story
Unit 2 – Where Do I Belong? 
 
●      Reading The Outsiders
●      Discussing individual and group identity
●      Discussing context
●      Writing paragraphs
●      Identifying literary devices
Unit 3 – Persuade Me
 
●      Reading The Giver
●      Identifying Elements of Literature
●      Introducing Persuasive Techniques 
●      Writing and presenting persuasive speeches
 
Unit 4 – We Are All Wonders!
 
●      Reading selected poems
●      Reading Wonder
●      Identifying literary devices
●      Writing a Response to Literature
●      Language study: identifying parts of speech
 
 
On-going Outside Reading
Each quarter the students are required to read at least one novel. Near the end of each quarter, students will be required to present their novels in a creative way. 
 
○     Q1 – Genre: Mystery 
○     Q2 – Genre: Nonfiction 
○     Q3 – Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi 
○     Q4 – Free Choice
 
Aims:  As stated in the MYP Language and Literature guide, the aims of MYP Language and Literature are to encourage and enable students to
●      Use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self- expression and social interaction
●      Develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
●      Develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary works
●      Engage in literature from a variety of cultures and representing different historical periods
●      Explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary works
●      Engage with information and communication technology in order to explore language
●      Develop a lifelong interest in reading widely
●      Apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts.
 
Assessment criteria:
Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria 
 
Assessment Criteria
At the end of year 3, students should be able to:
A
Analyzing
i  identify and explain the content, context, language, structure, technique and style of text(s) and the relationship among texts
ii dentify and explain the effects of the creator’s choices on an audience
iii  justify opinions and ideas, using examples, explanations and terminology
interpret similarities and differences in features within and between genres and texts.
B
Organizing
i employ organizational structures that serve the context and intention
ii organize opinions and ideas in a coherent and logical manner
iii use referencing and formatting tools to create a presentation style suitable to the context and intention.
C
Producing Text
i produce texts that demonstrate thought, imagination and sensitivity, while exploring and considering new perspectives and ideas arising from personal engagement with the creative process
ii make stylistic choices in terms of linguistic, literary and visual devices, demonstrating awareness of impact on an audience
iii select relevant details and examples to develop ideas.
D
Using Language
i use appropriate and varied vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression
ii write and speak in an appropriate register and style
iii use correct grammar, syntax and punctuation
ivspell (alphabetic languages), write (character languages) and pronounce with accuracy
v use appropriate non-verbal communication techniques.
 
Required materials:
Please bring the following materials to every class:
●     Chargedlaptop
●     A4 Notebook with lined pages. This notebook must be used just for English class.
●     Folder - system for filing handouts 
●     Sharpened pencil(s), pen, glue stick or tape, scissors
●     A set of colored pencils and highlighters
●     Agenda
 
How to be successful:
 
Student Expectations

1. Abide by the school rules (as outlined in the Student Handbook)
2. Respect your classmates’ rights to learn
3. Be considerate of others and the environment in everything you do
4. Keep the classroom clean and tidy
5. Be on time, turn your assignments in on time, and make up work that you have missed
6. Bring your academic supplies daily: folder, notebook, pen/pencil, agenda, etc.
7. Be an active learner – participate in class and in collaborative learning activities
8. Academic honesty is expected of all students
 
 

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