MYP English Language and Literature - Grade 9

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Course description
Grade 9 English Language and literature offers students new experiences and challenges through its exploration of a wide range of texts and activities. By studying exemplary literature, students engage with and evaluate new concepts, develop critical literacy skills and explore the power and precision of language. The also study a variety of literary genres and express their understanding through discussions, debates, essays, reports and creative texts of their own.  Grade 9 includes opportunities for students to explore their ability and develop depth as a student of Language and Literature.
 
Units and topics:
 
Unit 1 - Poetry
  • 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 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Aspects of the Narrative genre
  • Setting- portrayal and function
  • Methods of characterization 
  • Thematic exploration 
  • Novel to film evaluation
  • Formal and creative writing, oral presentations 
Unit 3 - Romeo and Juliet
  • 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 - 13 Reasons Why
  • Responses to novel and issues via reflection, socratic questions and creative presentations 
  • Evaluation and comparison of narrative choices and form with Lord of the Flies 
  • Features of advertising and graphic texts
  • Techniques used by media and persuasive texts
  • Create an advertisement or  public service Announcement (PSA)
On-Going Outside Reading
Wide reading as a practice is at the forefront of student’s individual development.   Time is allocated in each lesson to read, review, track or set targets.  Targets for genre types and the level of challenge are set individually by each student. During the course of their reading, students 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.  
 
Assessment criteria
  • Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria 
  • Students in Grades 9 and 10 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 9, students should be able to:
A
Analyzing
  1. Analyse the content, context, language, structure and style of text(s) and the relationships between the various components of a text and between texts.
  2. Explore the relationship between the creator’s purpose and the effects of the stylistic choices on an audience.
  3. Explain and justify opinions and ideas, using examples and appropriate terminology.
  4. Identify, interpret and evaluate similarities and differences within and across genres and texts. 
B
Organizing
  1. Employ organizational strategies and structures in accordance with a text’s context and function.
  2. Organize opinions and ideas in a sustained coherent and logical manner.
  3. Use referencing and formatting tools to present work in accordance with the context and purpose.
  4. Recognize the importance of maintaining academic honesty by respecting intellectual property rights and referencing all sources accurately.
C
Producing Text
  1. Engage with the creative process by producing written and spoken texts that demonstrate insight, imagination and sensitivity while exploring and analysing different perspectives and ideas.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the impact that stylistic choices have on an audience through their own work.
  3. Select relevant details and examples to develop ideas.
D
Using Language
  1. Use a range of appropriate vocabulary, forms of expression and sentence structures in both speaking and writing.
  2. Write in the appropriate style and register, depending on the context and purpose.
  3. Use grammar, syntax and punctuation with a high degree of accuracy.
  4. Spell, write and pronounce accurately for effective communication.
  5. Use non-verbal communication techniques effectively. 
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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