Course Outline 2017-18

Course:         Language & Literature 8 (Year 3)

Teacher:         Charlotte Paterson                                                




Language and Literature 8 represents Year 3 of the Language A, Middle Years Programme. This course develops fluency in communicating ideas, both orally and in writing. Students review and expand their mastery of sentence structure, paragraph form, and essay writing. Students read, study and discuss a variety of written forms with a focus on literature and informational writing, and use their reading experiences to expand their vocabulary. Students will continue to develop critical, creative and reflective thinking skills.

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 texts
  • engage with text from different historical periods and a variety of cultures
  • explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary texts
  • explore language through a variety of media and modes
  • develop a lifelong interest in reading
  • apply linguistic and literary concepts and skills in a variety of authentic contexts.

In the event of an absence please ensure you collect the missed handouts and/or information from the Google Classroom or from your classmate.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you are caught up and ready for class upon your return.

Content/Units of Instruction:

Through the readings, discussion and study of various literary genres, the student will develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of language and how it is used.

The units covered in this course are:

  • Drama – Romeo and Juliet
  • Poetry – Explore and discover different forms of poetry and poets
  • World Literature Circles (choices - The Outsides, Lord of the Flies, and Animal Farm)
  • Short Stories - Thriller and Horror genres
  • Public Speaking - Perspective of an Explorer - Interdisciplinary unit with I&S

Silent Reading

It is expected that students read on a recreational level as well as what is assigned in class. It is encouraged that students read for pleasure as much as they are reading for comprehension and skill. Students are expected to read at the beginning of every class and jot down a brief synopsis of what they read. They are expected to bring their own book or borrow one from the extensive class library, which includes a range of the latest titles, to the classics.

Writing and Grammar

Students will develop their skills in paragraph and essay writing in informal and formal essays, creative writing and personal response with emphasis on structure and voice.

There will be continual review and practice in writing skills that emphasize sentence structure, word choice, punctuation, and grammar. We will also have spelling quizzes.


Students will express their ideas and opinions in class discussions, deliver oral

reports, participate in oral readings and prepare formal presentations. Students will prepare a speech on a historical figure.

Work Habit Expectations:

  • always behaving sensibly and responsibly
  • always completing all homework on time and meeting deadlines
  • always bringing the correct equipment, book, text to class
  • enthusiastically participating and always being very involved in lessons
  • consistently taking initiative for their own learning
  • demonstrating leadership

Required Materials:

  • an agenda and silent reading book
  • writing utensils
  • a binder with dividers

Achievement Grades:

Achievement grades are based upon assignments that have been marked using the MYP Assessment criteria.

Criterion A


Maximum 8

Criterion B


Maximum 8

Criterion C

Producing text

Maximum 8

Criterion D

Using language

Maximum 8

Please refer to  or a more detailed description of the Ministry of Education’s requirements.