SSIS Link Handbook Compendium EA Courses & Curriculum ED HS Course of Studies 07 High School Courses 01 English

01 English

    High School English at SSIS is a college preparatory program which includes language and literature study, vocabulary development, speaking, reading and research skills, and developmental writing instruction. Students read some of the world’s greatest literature, learn language analysis, and sharpen their critical thinking skills, while engaging in a study of genres across various literary periods. Students learn to develop their own voice as writers, improve their command of grammatical and stylistic conventions and develop their oral presentation, viewing and listening skills. To graduate, each student must accumulate four core course credits in English, one from each year of study.

    English 9

    Grade: 9   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: None

    Homework: MODERATE

    English 9 introduces effective reading and writing strategies to freshmen in a literature-based context, with some attention given to media. Through reading short stories, poems, a novel and plays, students explore the ideas and techniques of a wide variety of writers while examining different literary forms. Students learn how to present their own ideas in both written and verbal contexts, undertaking a wide variety of assignments designed to develop both their creative and analytical abilities. Emphasis is placed on ideas as well as structure, literary techniques, and grammatical accuracy, in order to assist students in expressing themselves in clear and engaging ways. Participation in class discussions, group work and independent study are all integral components of this course.  Throughout the course of the year, students are also expected to read literary works of their own choosing, alongside those which are assigned in class.

    Academic Writing 9

    Grade: 9   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0 elective

    Prerequisite: Teacher/counselor selected

    Homework: LIGHT

    This course provides students with strategies and opportunities to strengthen their writing. The focus is on improving sentence fluency, word choice, and grammar and mechanics. Students practice these skills as they write a variety of text types for various audiences and purposes. This is  a required course for students identified by teacher recommendation or at the time of admission.

    Students in Writing Development 9 take this course in lieu of a Study Hall, Modern World Languages or Fine Arts course. The counselors will work with students placed in Writing Development 9 to find the best scheduling option for that particular student. All students in this course must also take English 9.

    English 10

    Grade: 10   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0        

    Prerequisite: English 9

    Homework: MODERATE

    This course is designed to help students become more effective thinkers, readers, writers and speakers who work to understand themselves and the world through the texts they study. Students will read a variety of literary and non-literary texts, such as novels, short stories, non-fiction pieces, Shakespearean drama and poetry. They will focus on elements of language and style and make use of what they learn in close reading, textual analysis and in their own writing. They will improve their writing skills by producing a variety of text types such as short responses, literary analysis essays, and creative pieces. By responding to their own writing and the writing of others, they will learn to recognize quality writing. They will begin to use the writing process more independently and will reflect frequently on their own work. They will also listen to and assess others’ viewpoints and contribute appropriately to discussions and seminars.

    Academic Writing 10

    Grade: 10   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0 elective

    Prerequisite: Teacher/counselor selected

    Homework: LIGHT

    This course provides students with strategies and opportunities to strengthen their writing. The focus is largely on improving sentence fluency, word choice, and grammar and mechanics. Students will practice these skills as they write a variety of text types for various audiences and purposes. This is a required course for students identified by teacher recommendation or at the time of admission.

    Students in Writing Development 10  take this course in lieu of a Study Hall, Modern World Language or Fine Arts course. The counselors will work with students placed in Writing Development 10 to find the best scheduling option for that particular student. All students in this course must also take English 10.

    Academic Writing 11/12

    Grade: 11/12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0 elective              

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: LIGHT

    This course provides students with strategies and opportunities to strengthen their writing in an academic context. Students will focus on writing analytical and argumentative pieces and will also receive instruction and support for college essays, extended essays and exam essay writing. They will work on adding detail, clarity and elaboration to their writing by studying model texts and by producing their own written pieces.

    This course is open to all interested Grade 11 and 12 students; however, students who have a teacher recommendation will be given priority. 

    AP English Language and Composition

    Grade: 11/12Length: 1 year     Credit: 1.0

    Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-english-language-course-overview.pdf

    The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make  students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The AP English Language and Composition course culminates in an externally moderated exam sat by students in May. The expectation is that this course leads to the AP English Literature and Composition course that will be offered in the senior year.

    AP English Literature and Composition

    Grade: 11/12Length: 1 year     Credit: 1.0

    Prerequisites: Grade 12 students: successful completion of AP Language and Composition or teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    AP Course Specific Link Below

    https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-course-overviews/ap-english-literature-course-overview.pdf

    The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course.The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. 

    IB English A: Literature SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0       

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10.

    Homework: MODERATE

    For IB English A: Literature SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_languagea_sl_2011.pdf

    This is the first year of a two-year course. The course aims to promote an appreciation of the subtleties of literary expression, to develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and to lead to an appreciation of literary forms. In addition, it seeks to facilitate the clear expression of ideas, to aid clear presentation of argument, and to assist in the appreciation of both oral and written discourse. In Year 1, students will complete Parts Four (Options) and One (Works in Translation) of the IB Course, studying a total of five works. Assessments will include the Individual Oral Presentation (graded within the school and moderated externally by the IBO) and an Essay on Works in Translation (externally assessed by IB examiners).

    IB English A: Literature HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0         

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For IB English A: Literature HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_languagea_hl_2011.pdf

    This is the first year of a two-year course. The course aims to promote an appreciation of the subtleties of literary expression, develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and lead to an appreciation of literary forms. In addition, it seeks to facilitate the clear expression of ideas, to aid clear presentation of argument, and to assist in the appreciation of both oral and written discourse. In Year 1, students will complete Parts Four and One of the IB Course, studying a total of six works. Assessments will include the Individual Oral Presentation (graded within the school and moderated externally by the IBO) and an Essay on Works in Translation (externally assessed by IB examiners).

    IB English A: Language & Literature SL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0         

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For IB English A: Language & Literature SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_langlitsl.pdf

    This is the first of a two year course that aims to promote an appreciation of the ways that meaning is constructed through the use of language in both literary and nonfiction texts. Study will focus on the formal elements of texts, as well as the different contexts that shape a text’s meaning. Students will work on their written and oral expression. In Year 1, students will complete units from Parts 1 and 2, Language in Cultural Context and Language and Mass Communication, reading a variety of nonliterary sources, genres and media.  The assessments used to measure their progress in analyzing Parts 1 and 2 will include Further Oral Activities(FOA), Written Tasks, and Paper One. They will also complete Part 4, Literature: Critical Study, by reading and analyzing two literary works which will be assessed by the Individual Oral Commentary(IOC) and a Written Task. The IOC, worth 15% of the IB grade for this course, is complete at the end of Year 1. Though they will not finalize work on Paper 1 (25%)  or  FOAs (15%)  or written tasks (20%)  until their senior year, the work done in junior year does count toward successful completion of 60% of their IB assessment score. 

    IB English A: Language & Literature HL, Year 1

    Grade: 11   Length: First of 2 years   Credit: 1.0       

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For IB English A: Language & Literature HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_langlithl.pdf

    This course aims to promote an appreciation of the ways that meaning is constructed through the use of language in both literary and nonfiction texts. Study will focus on the formal elements of texts, as well as the different contexts that shape a text’s meaning. Students will work on their written and oral expression. In Year 1, students will complete units from Parts 1 and 2, Language in Cultural Context and Language and Mass Communication, reading a variety of nonfiction sources, genres and media. They will also prepare for Part 4, Literature: Critical Study, by reading and analyzing three literary works. These works are examined by the Individual Oral Commentary which takes place at the end of Year 1. By the end of Year 1, students will therefore have their IOC score (15% of final score, marked internally although externally moderated); perform at least one Further Oral Activity (potentially another 15% of their final score, marked internally); have done at least one practice Paper One (their final in senior year is marked externally and worth 25% of their score) and complete at least three IB Written Tasks, both types, creative and analytical (senior year students submit one of each for external scoring, worth 20% combined towards final score).

    IB English A: Literature SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB English A: Literature SL, Year 1 (or school-approved equivalent) and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE

    For IB English A: Literature SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_languagea_sl_2011.pdf

    This is the second year of a two-year course. The course aims to promote an appreciation of the subtleties of literary expression, to develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and to lead to an appreciation of literary forms. In addition, it seeks to facilitate the clear expression of ideas, aid in the clear presentation of an argument, and assist in the appreciation of both oral and written discourse. In Year 2, students will complete Part Two, Reading Literary Texts, in preparation for the Individual Oral Commentary and Part Three, Reading Texts, in preparation for Paper Two of the IB written examination. In addition, students will prepare for IB Paper One, which is a Guided Literary Analysis of an unseen literary text. The course includes a range of written and oral assignments, work graded within the school and work that will be assessed externally by IB examiners.

    IB English A: Literature HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0                

    Prerequisite: IB English A: Literature HL, Year 1 (or school-approved equivalent) and teacher recommendation

    Homework: HEAVY

    For IB English A: Literature HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_languagea_hl_2011.pdf

    This is the second year of a two-year course. The course aims to promote an appreciation of the subtleties of literary expression, develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and lead to an appreciation of literary forms. In addition, it seeks to facilitate the clear expression of ideas,  aid in the clear presentation of an argument, and assist in the appreciation of both oral and written discourse. In Year 2, students will complete Part Two, Reading Literary Texts, in preparation for the Individual Oral Commentary and Part Three, Reading Texts, in preparation for Paper Two of the IB written examination. In addition, students will prepare for IB Paper One, which is a Literary Commentary on an unseen literary text. The course includes a range of written and oral assignments, work graded within the school and work that will be assessed externally by IB examiners.

    IB English A: Language & Literature SL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0    

    Prerequisite: IB English A: Language & Literature SL, Year 1 (or school-approved equivalent)

    Homework: MODERATE

    For IB English A: Language & Literature SL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_langlitsl.pdf

    This is the second year of the IB Language and Literature course and it seeks to develop the skills introduced and practised in the first year. In Year 2, students will complete further Units from Parts One and Two, reading and responding to a variety of nonfiction sources, genres and media. They will prepare for the IB Paper One exam (25%), which is an analysis of an unseen nonfiction text. They will also complete Part Three, reading two literary works (one originally written in English, one in translation) and preparing for the IB Paper Two exam (25%), which poses a choice of questions on those texts.  In addition, students will complete additional further oral activities (15%)  and written tasks (20%), before submitting their best pieces (from Year 1 or Year 2)  for external IB assessment.

    IB English A: Language & Literature HL, Year 2

    Grade: 12   Length: second of 2 years   Credit: 1.0  

    Prerequisite: IB English A: Language & Literature HL, Year 1 (or school-approved equivalent) and teacher recommendation

    Homework: MODERATE to HEAVY

    For IB English A: Language & Literature HL specifics: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/1_langlithl.pdf

    This is the second year of the IB Language and Literature course and it seeks to develop the skills introduced/practised in the first year. In the first semester of Year 2, students will complete further units from Part One (Language in Cultural Context); Part Two (Language and Mass Communication), reading a variety of nonfiction texts, genres and media. They will prepare for the IB Paper One exam, which is a comparative analysis of two unseen texts. In the second semester, they will complete Part Three, and will read three literary works (two originally written in English, one in translation) and will prepare for the IB Paper Two exam, which requires students to write a comparative essay on those texts.  In addition, students will complete additional further oral activities and written tasks, before submitting their best pieces for external IB assessment.

     

     

     

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