MYP Language A English II 2015-2016 Course Syllabus
MYP Language A English II 2015-2016 Course Syllabus Instructor: Mr. Deaton Email Address: [email protected] Conference Periods: 2nd Block (A) & 4th Block (B) Phone: 940-369-2072 TUTORIALS Mondays: 4:15-5:00 Thursdays: 8:00 – 8:40 COURSE DESCRIPTION Welcome to tenth grade English! I look forward to working with you as we read, write, and think our way through a course of study designed just for you. Sophomore English builds upon freshman objectives by expanding and developing skills in critical literacy, vocabulary development, grammar, writing (particularly persuasively), listening, speaking, presenting, and the recognition and proper use of literary elements. This course stresses dissection and deep analysis of prose, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and both classic and contemporary novels. Writing assignments emphasize the successful development of personal style and an understanding of rhetoric. Units of study will include: Fall Semester Narrative Persuasive Drama Analytical Spring Expository Persuasive Drama Research Major works of study will include: Lord of the Flies, William Golding Animal Farm, George Orwell The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare Antigone, Sophocles Whale Talk, Chris Crutcher TEXTBOOK Literature Text: Holt McDougal Literature, Grade 10 Online textbook: my.hrw.com EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENT LEARNING (TEKS) These are available online on my Denton High School website and at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/ REQUIRED SUPPLIES • 1 inch three-ringed binder (for English materials ONLY): You will use this binder EVERY DAY. • 5 dividers: Organize each divider as follows: Bell Ringers, Assignments, Notes, Illustrated Dictionary, and Personal Project – put paper behind each tab except Personal Project • Pens and pencils • Notebook Paper: College ruled ONLY • Post-it Notes: Any Color MYP MISSION STATEMENT The Middle Years Program (MYP) covers the 9th and 10th Grade portion of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. AIMS As a part of the Middle Years Program (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate program, the aims of the teaching and study of English are to encourage and enable the student to: ✓ use the language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning and selfexpression. ✓ use language as a tool for personal growth, social interaction, and for developing relationships within the international community. ✓ comprehend more clearly aspects of their own culture and those of other cultures by exploring the interdependence of human beings through a variety of works. ✓ explore the many facets of the language through the use of media and information technology. ✓ develop the skills involved in speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing in a variety of contexts respond appropriately to a variety of texts. ✓ read widely to promote a lifelong interest in language and literature and develop a critical and creative approach to studying and analyzing literature. ✓ develop language skills through interdisciplinary work to consider the role of literature both culturally and historically. ✓ reflect on the learning process in various ways and at various stages. ✓ empathize with real people and fictional characters as and when appropriate. ROLE OF THE MYP GLOBAL CONTEXT Throughout the year, all MYP Global Context will be addressed. Teaching and learning in global contexts supports the IB’s mission to develop “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” Using global contexts in planning and teaching helps learners by providing relevance and meaning, which may lead to increased student engagement. METHODS OF ASSESSMENT Classroom assessment methods in English II will cover a range of assessment methodologies, including selected response, constructed response, and performance–based assessments (performance tasks, portfolios, teacher observations, and conferences). All will be evaluated using MYP criterion rubrics in knowledge, concepts, skills and organization/presentation, writing rubrics, and a performance based rubric created by DHS English II teachers. ASSESSMENT Major Summative (Essays, Tests…) 60% Minor Summative (quizzes, class assignments…) 40% • Remember: your assigned readings, class work, and projects serve to reinforce the current topics of study and must be completed by the assigned due dates in order to be effective. A failure to turn in assignments on time impedes class progression and interrupts the education process. Parents, we ask for your support and guidance in helping your student meet deadlines. • Extra Credit: Extra credit is in direct violation of district, school, and department policies and will not be made available under any circumstances. Please keep this in mind—there will not be any last minute negotiations or manipulations of grades. ACADEMIC HONESTY Plagiarism, copying, cheating, claiming someone else’s work as your own, and/or any other form of academic dishonesty may result in both academic and disciplinary repercussions and are at the discretion of the teacher. All school policies will be followed in regards to academic dishonesty. HOME ACCESS CENTER In order to sign up for Home Access Center (HAC), go to the DISD Parent home page: http://www.dentonisd.org/tab/parents. There is a list of options on the left side of the page. From the menu, select Home Access Center (HAC). Follow the instructions to sign up for HAC.