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:
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:
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:
Achievement grades are based upon assignments that have been marked using the MYP Assessment criteria.
Please refer to https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/english-language-arts/8 or a more detailed description of the Ministry of Education’s requirements.