MYP English Language and Literature - Grade 9

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Instructors: 9A - Aleksandra Stojanovic-Milic: astojanovic-milic@isb.rs
9B - Tracy Lord-Ryan: tlord@isb.rs
Class Resources:  https://mssmenglishisb.weebly.com
 
Summary
Welcome to the Grade 9 English course that offers new experiences and challenges through its exploration of a wide range of texts and activities. By studying exemplary literature, you will engage with and evaluate new concepts, develop your critical literacy skills and explore the power and precision of language. You will also study a variety of literary genres and express your understanding through discussions, debates, essays, reports and creative texts of your own.  This year has some exciting opportunities for you to explore your ability and develop depth as a student of Language and Literature, and we look forward to working with you in your pursuit of excellence. 
 
Units and topics:
Unit 1 - Poetry Around the World
  • Explore and appreciate poems from a variety of cultures and historical periods 
  • Study of various forms and poetic styles
  • Analysis and evaluation of poetic techniques
  • Responses involving discussions, presentations, formal and creative writing
Unit 2 - Fahrenheit 451; Debate
  • Aspects of the Narrative genre
  • Features of dystopian fiction
  • Setting- portrayal and function
  • Methods of characterization 
  • Thematic exploration 
  • Formal and creative writing 
  • Oral presentations and debate
Unit 3 - Macbeth
  • Social, cultural and historical aspects of the Elizabethan era
  • Drama and tragedy as an art form
  • Shakespearean language- features and translation 
  • Portrayal of conflict, characterisation and themes
  • Dramatic presentations of interpretations and modern transpositions
  • Commentary exercises- oral and written
Unit 4 - Media Unit
  • Features of advertising and graphic texts
  • Techniques used by media and persuasive texts
  • Create an advertisement or public service Announcement (PSA)
  • Socratic Discussions and debate
Unit 5 - Of Mice and Men
  • Social, cultural and historical context
  • Aspects of the Narrative genre
  • Setting- portrayal and function
  • Methods of characterization 
  • Thematic exploration 
  • Formal and creative writing, oral presentations 
  • Commentary writing
Wide Reading - Ongoing focus
Wide reading as a practice will be at the forefront of each student’s individual development with time allocated in each lesson to read, review, track or set targets.  Targets for genre types and the level of challenge will be set individually. During the course of their reading, students will engage in discussions with their teachers and peers to share experiences, acquire reading strategies and develop depth in the way they approach reading as a skill. 
 
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, analysis 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
Applylanguage 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 5, students should be able to:
A
Analyzing
i.analyse the content, context, language, structure, technique and style of text(s) and the relationship among texts
ii.analyse the effects of the creator’s choices on an audience
iii.justify opinions and ideas, using examples, explanations and terminology
evaluate similarities and differences by connecting features across and within genres and texts.
B
Organizing
i employ organizational structures that serve the context and intention
ii organize opinions and ideas in a sustained, 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 insight, imagination and sensitivity while exploring and reflecting critically on 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 useappropriate and varied vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression
ii write and speak in a register and style that serve the context and intention
iii use correct grammar, syntax and punctuation
iv spell (alphabetic languages), write (character languages) and pronounce with accuracy
v use appropriate non-verbal communication techniques.
Student Expectations

In the classroom:
  • Be on time, submit all assignments on time and make up the work missed in a timely fashion.
  • Bring academic supplies daily, including the assigned text and agenda
  • Be an active learner by contributing to class and collaborative activities.
  • Respect your classmates’ and your own right to learn.
  • Bookmark the class website to be able to easily access course information.
  • Respect academic honesty by avoiding plagiarism. Learn proper MLA citation, as well as strategies for paraphrasing (putting words in your own words), summarizing and using your own ideas.  
  • Read and re-read the descriptions for all the assessment criteria to help you meet all the expectations when working on assessments. 
  • Ask for help and/or clarification (in-class, during the school day, at home, email) when you need it. 
Outside of the classroom:
  • Have a dedicated place to work at home (or elsewhere) to complete homework.  
  • Ask for help as needed.
  • Get guidance from your teacher or parent, but make sure you express your work in your own words to ensure that you receive authentic feedback on how to develop your skills.  
  • Read as much as possible. The more you read, the better writer you will become!

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