MYP Level 1
Teacher: Caroline Chung-Wipff
Contact Information: email@example.com
Course Name: Language and Literature
Course #: MYP Level 1
Grade Level: 6th
# of Credits: One (1)
I. Course Outline
Language and Literature Courses will focus on reading, writing, viewing, and speaking instruction as outlined in the Mesa Public Schools Arizona Academic Content Standards for 6th Grade English.
Throughout this course, IB students will be asked to reflect on their progress along the Learner Profile continuum, which includes becoming motivated and principled learners. Students will expand their global outlook through research, problem-solving, and communication.
Key Concepts for this course will include communication, connections, creativity, and perspective. Related Concepts will include literary elements, genre, self-expression, structure, intertextuality, and audience imperatives.
II. IB Aims and Objectives
The aims of MYP Language and Literature Course 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 analyzing 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
- develop a lifelong interest in reading
- apply linguistic and literary concepts and skills in a variety of authentic contexts
The objectives of MYP Language and Literature Course are for students to practice:
- analyse the content, context, language, structure, technique and style of text(s) and the relationships among texts
- analyse the effects of the creator’s choices on an audience
- justify opinions and ideas, using examples, explanations and terminology
- evaluate similarities and differences by connecting features across and within genres and texts
- employ organizational structures that serve the context and intention
- organize opinions and ideas in a sustained, coherent and logical manner
- use referencing and formatting tools to create a presentation style suitable to the context and intention.
- Producing text
- produce texts that demonstrate insight, imagination and sensitivity while exploring and reflecting critically on new perspectives and ideas arising from personal engagement with the creative process
- make stylistic choices in terms of linguistic, literary and visual devices, demonstrating awareness of impact on an audience
- select relevant details and examples to develop ideas
- Using language
- use appropriate and varied vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression
- write and speak in a register and style that serve the context and intention
- use correct grammar, syntax and punctuation
- spell (alphabetic languages), write (character languages) and pronounce with accuracy
- use appropriate non-verbal communication techniques
Outside of these, ATL (Approaches to Learning) are always present and helps students “learn to learn” with tools to enable them to become life-long, independent learners. ATL skills include thinking, social, communication, and research skills.
Major topics for this course include the writing process, elements of literature, all genres of reading, research, and speaking and listening skills.
IV. Global Contexts
Global Contexts provide a framework on which to build each unit of study. The six Global Contexts will be integrated within the various units of study to reinforce the connections between language and literature as it relates both to content and universal concepts. The six Contexts are Identities and Relationships, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Fairness and Development, Orientation in Space and Time, Globalization and Sustainability, and Personal and Cultural Expression; however, of particular emphasis in this subject content will be elements of literature.
Internationalism for this content will include different points of view through experiences in culturally diverse literature and discussion. Students will develop their awareness and sensitivity to the experiences of others beyond the local or national community.
VI. Teaching Methods
Teaching methods include shared inquiry, Socratic seminar, collaborative groups, direct instruction, and delivery through technology.
Students are given an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and the Criterion A-B-C-D skills using a variety of assessments such as multi-media presentations, essays, and projects. Performance-based assessments are often evaluated first by the student using the assessment criteria outlined in the assessment guide sheet or on a rubric. This way, students are given an opportunity to self-reflect and refine their product prior to teacher evaluation.
VIII. Texts and/or Resources
Beers, Kylene, Dr. Elements of Literature. 1st Course ed. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005.
The Great Books Foundation. Junior Great Books. Series 6. Chicago, IL: The Great Books Foundation, 1992.
Kemper, Dave, ed. Write Source. Wilmington, MA: Great Source Education Group, 2005
The Giver (Lowry, 1993)
Red Scarf Girl (Jiang, 2018)
Children of Willesden Lane (Golabek and Cohen, 2017)