MYP English Language and Literature - Grade 8

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Course description
Grade 8 Language and Literature focuses on developing deeper analytical and critical thinking skills. This course introduces students to literature with universal themes and challenges students to think outside their current perspective. It pushes them to communicate their analyses and ideas in an academic, formal manner through both oral and written forms of communication. During the year, students will also take a closer look at important elements of literature and delve deeper into their impact on the reader. 
 
Units and topics:
 
Unit 1 - Sci-Fi Short Stories
  • 5 selected short stories
  • Deeper analysis and evaluation of the impact of elements of literature
  • Academic responses
  • Apply knowledge to create a science fiction short story
Unit 2 - The Pearl
  • Characterization techniques
  • Manipulation of messages
  • Recognizing corruption 
  • How far should one go to improve their lot in life
Unit 3 - Conflict Poetry/ A Long Walk to Water
  • How individuals contribute to society
  • Individual perspective on conflict 
  • Elements of Poetry 
  • Creative portrayal of conflicts/ social issues
Unit 4 - Noughts and Crosses
  • Elements of a play
  • Power; who has it and why
  • How power affects individuals 
  • Performing vs. reading
On-Going Outside Reading
Each quarter the students are required to read AT LEAST one novel. During the course of their reading, students engage in discussions with their classmates as a way to share their experience. Near the end of each semester, students present their novels in a creative way. Students also set personal reading goals, including how many books they will read by the end of each semester.
 
Assessment criteria
  • Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria 
  • Students in Grades 7 and 8 work over a two-year period to demonstrate their learning according to learning objectives described in the same rubric.
 
  Assessment Criteria At the end of grade 8, students should be able to:
A
Analyzing
  1. identify and explain the content, context, language, structure, technique and style of text(s) and the relationship among texts
  2. identify and explain the effects of the creator’s choices on an audience
  3. justify opinions and ideas, using examples, explanations and terminology
  4. interpret similarities and differences in features within and between genres and texts.
B
Organizing
  1. employ organizational structures that serve the context and intention
  2. organize opinions and ideas in a coherent and logical manner
  3. use referencing and formatting tools to create a presentation style suitable to the context and intention
C
Producing Text
  1. produce texts that demonstrate thought, imagination and sensitivity, while exploring and considering new perspectives and ideas arising from personal engagement with the creative process
  2. make stylistic choices in terms of linguistic, literary and visual devices, demonstrating awareness of impact on an audience
  3. select relevant details and examples to develop ideas
D
Using Language
  1. use appropriate and varied vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression
  2. write and speak in an appropriate register and style
  3. use correct grammar, syntax and punctuation
  4. spell (alphabetic languages), write (character languages) and pronounce with accuracy
  5. use appropriate non-verbal communication techniques
Required materials:
Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop
  • 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

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