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Language A (English) Year 3 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 3 (English) Approximat e Duration of Unit September to October Unit Imaginary Worlds ATL Focus: Communication IB Criteria and Global Context Language A Criteria A, B, C How do authors help us experience and create imaginary worlds? Language A Criteria A, B, C How does the news help us think critically about our surroundings and the world we live in? Language A Criteria A, B, C How do people become “outsiders” and how does this affect the individual and society? Language A Criteria A, B, C How do people demonstrate the power of one, and

November to December

News ATL Focus: Information Literacy

January to February

Outsiders (Novel Study) ATL Focus: Collaboration

March to April The Power of One ATL Focus: Thinking

how does it inspire others? What is the impact of their achievements in the world? May to June Documentary Unit (CrossTechnology Criteria A, Curricular Unit) B, C, D, E, F How can film be used ATL Focus: Collaboration to shape our understanding of the world? Language A Year 3 IB Assessment and Evaluation: Year 3 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