2018-2019 Course Outline
COURSE: Language and Literature: Year 1
TEACHER: Victoria van Schouwen
Language and Literature in Year 1 of the MYP is centred around developing effective communication in English, the structure and function of language, and nurturing an appreciation for literature. Through the exploration of stories, students will examine how texts help us understand ourselves and make connections to the world around us. We will practise sharing and exploring multiple perspectives and how this can expand our thinking and help us grow. We will also develop our editing skills, and master tools to formulate and articulate viewpoints effectively.
The aims of MYP Language and Literature are to encourage and enable students to:
- Comprehend and connect (through reading, listening and viewing)
- Apply different strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts
- Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms and genres of texts reflect various purposes, audiences and messages, and think critically about them.
- Think creatively and reflectively to explore ideas within and beyond texts
- Recognize and identify the role of personal, social and cultural contexts, values and perspectives in text and how language constructs personal, social and cultural identity
- Recognize and appreciate the role of story, narrative and oral tradition in expressing FIrst Peoples perspectives, values, beliefs and points of view; experiment with oral storytelling processes
- Create and communicate through different styles of text and exchange viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking
- Use writing and design processes to plan, develop and create engaging and meaningful literary and informational texts for a variety of purposes and audiences
- Assess and refine texts to improve clarity, effectiveness and impact according to purpose, audience and message.
- Use an increasing repertoire of conventions of Canadian spelling, grammar and punctuation, and transform ideas and information to create original texts
The following units will be covered over the course of the year.
- Content: The importance of narrative, connection across cultures, the power of language to change the world for the better (NOTE: This is an interdisciplinary unit with Individuals and Societies 6). Systems of Government and human rights.
- Content: A three part unit (one per term) where we practice the mastery of spelling, grammar and punctuation
- Content: Students explore writing for different purposes with a creative Character Book Project
- Content: Students will explore the wonderful world of poetry by creating their own portfolio of the different styles and structures of prose.
- Unit 5: Drama & Script writing
- Content: Students will focus on plays and the art of drama as a method of storytelling and communicating meaning.
- Always bring required material to class
- Participate actively in class and make adequate notes
- Complete work to the best of their ability
- Check Google Classroom for information and assignments on a regular basis
- Collect missed handouts and information after an absence
- Planner (provided by the school)
- Binder with dividers and lined paper
- Pens, pencils, eraser
Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to four distinct criteria. In this course, those criteria are as follows:
Criterion A: Analysing
Criterion B: Organizing
Criterion C: Producing Text
Criterion D: Using Language