Class Introduction:

AP/IB English Literature
2016-2017 p. 3 & 5

Detailed Study: Fall Semester
Selected speeches Martin Luther King Jr. [non-fiction prose]
Hamlet William Shakespeare [drama]
Selected poems Carol Ann Duffy [poetry]

Literary Genre Study: Spring Semester
The Awakening Kate Chopin
Beloved Toni Morrison
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
*The Round House Louise Erdrich
*Students need to provide their own copy

Course Overview
At their core, IB English 12 and AP English Literature both require students to develop and showcase ownership of their learning with an appreciation for literature through critical analysis in reading, discussion, and writing. IB/AP English 12 provides highly motivated students with opportunities for rigorous, in-depth analysis and interpretation of major literary works in a variety of genres. The aims of this course are:

- explore a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres
- develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections
- develop the students’ powers of expression - both oral and written
- encourage students to recognize the importance of contexts in which texts are written and received
- encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures, and how these perspectives construct meaning
- encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic, and aesthetic qualities of texts
-promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature
- develop the students’ ability to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas in writing and speaking

Academic Reading
“As soon as I open [a book], I occupy the book. I stomp around in it. I underline passages, scribble in the margins, leave my mark… I like to be able to hear myself responding to a book, answering it, agreeing and disagreeing in a manner I recognize as peculiarly my own.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates
30% of your grade is based on close-reading and analysis

Academic Discussions
“We had some crazy discussions in your class last year, Ms. Tinker. I liked that.” ~ MaryLilian
“Literature is news that stays news.” ~ Ezra Pound
30% of your grade is based on thoughtful speaking and listening

Academic Writing
“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” ~ Gene Fowler
“If writing is thinking and discovery and selection of order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic.” ~ Toni Morrison
30% of your grade is based on writing and revising

Academic Participation
“Again and again something in one’s own life, or in the life around one, will seem so important that one cannot bear to let it pass into oblivion. There must never come a time, the writer feels, that people do not know about this.” ~ Murasaki Shikibu
10% of your grade is based on your active participation

Late Work
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” ~ Goethe
“Do or do not; there is no try.” ~ Yoda
I do not accept late work. Accountability and rigor are at the heart of this class. Students must comprehend the necessity of making the adult decision to risk getting it wrong the first time rather than failing to try.

Assessment Objectives
There are three assessment objectives for Language A: Literature. We will be focusing on growth in each of these areas.

1. Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of individual literary works as representatives of their genre and period, and the relationships between them.
Demonstrate awareness of the significance of the context and cultural values in which a work is written and received
Substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples

2. Analysis, synthesis
Demonstrate an ability to analyse language, structure, technique and style, and their effect on the reader
Demonstrate an ability to engage in independent literary criticism on both familiar and unfamiliar texts
Show an ability to examine and discuss in depth the effects of literary techniques and the connections between style and meaning

3. Selection and use of appropriate presentation and language skills
Demonstrate an ability to express ideas clearly and fluently in both written and oral communication, with an effective choice of register and style
Demonstrate a command of terminology and concepts appropriate to the study of literature
Demonstrate an ability to express well-organized oral and written arguments
Demonstrate an ability to write a sustained and detailed literary commentary

Students will be evaluated on the quality and frequency of their contributions to class discussions, the seriousness and skill with which they approach their writing, the sophistication of their thinking, their willingness to debate and discuss important issues (backed by evidence) and their application of this rigorous thinking to their papers and oral work.

›IB Learner Profile:
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, students will strive to be:

Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers
Communicators Open-Minded Caring
Risk-Takers Reflected Balanced