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Language A (English) Year 2 Course Outline (2013-2014

Windfields Junior High School International Baccalaureate Programme School

Students are required to bring the following materials to every class: • Agenda • Binder, Lined Paper • Pencils, pens, highlighter, eraser and ruler • Reading materials as assigned by the teacher The English Department will provide a text and a journal for every student. Students are responsible for the care and safe return of these materials. They will be required to pay for repairs or replacement of the text if necessary. Language A Year 2 (English) Approximat e Duration of Unit September Unit Reading Strategies ATL Focus: Communication IB Criteria and Global Context Language A Criteria A, B, C How do reading strategies help us understand what we are reading? Language A Criteria A, B, C How do I see the world, and myself in it? Language A Criteria A, B, C How do our experiences shape us and our society? Language A Criteria A, B, C How do people find the strength to persevere despite difficult challenges?


Through My Eyes ATL Focus: Information Literacy

November to December

Find Your Path ATL Focus: Communication

January to February

Against All Odds (Novel Study) ATL Focus: Collaboration

March to April Speak Out! ATL Focus: Thinking

Language A Criteria A, B, C How might we have an impact on the world around us through speaking out? Language A Criteria A, B, C How can I use poetry to find my voice?

May to June

My Choice, My Voice ATL Focus: Collaboration

Language A Year 2 IB Assessment and Evaluation: Year 2 students receive on-going assessment that includes assessment for and as learning. These assessments are for students and teacher reflection, information and feedback. Assessment of learning will include three MYP Criterion areas: Content, Organization and Style and Language Mechanics. Each criterion is worth 1/3 of their mark each term. Criteria and Objectives Criterion A: Content (receptive and productive) Objectives: • Understand and analyse the language, content, structure, meaning and significance of both familiar and previously unseen oral, written and visual texts • Understand and apply language A terminology in context • Analyse the effects of the author’s choices on an audience • Compose pieces that apply appropriate literary and/or nonliterary features to serve the context and intention • Compare and contrast works, and connect themes across and within genres Criterion B: Organization Objectives: • • • Create work that employs organizational structures and language-specific conventions throughout a variety of text types. Organize ideas and arguments in a sustained, coherent and logical manner Employ appropriate critical apparatus

Criterion C: Style and Language Mechanics Objectives: • • • • • Use language to narrate, describe, analyse, explain, argue, persuade, inform, entertain and express feelings Use language accurately Use appropriate and varied register, vocabulary and idiom Use correct grammar, syntax and spelling Use appropriate and varied sentence structure