The Newman School
English IB HL II Course Syllabus
IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Language A1 is primarily a pre-university course in literature. The literature in the IBHL course is chosen from a variety of cultures. IB requires that 3 time periods, 2-3 places and all four genres be represented in the choices made by the teacher of IBHL. The works chosen for study must total 13 to be covered in the 2 year Diploma Program.
In IBHL year 1 (junior year), the students will study 3 works freely chosen in the first semester and 3 works in translation in the second. The IB assessment requirement of the Individual Oral Presentation will be completed after the work in the first semester has finished. The second IB assessment of the junior year is the World Literature paper, which focuses on one of the Works in Translation and will be written in class during the second semester.
In year IBHL year 2 (senior year), the students will study 3 works in the first semester, and 4 works in the second. The IB assessment requirement of the Individual Oral Commentary will take place after the work in the first semester is finished. The final IB assessment of the two year course is the written exam: Papers 1 and 2, given in May. The exams focus on the 4 works studied in the second semester.
The alternating focus on speaking and writing in the IB curriculum helps to develop the students’ confidence in their abilities to think, speak and write about literature.
Higher Level Objectives
Higher Level candidates will be expected to demonstrate:
• an ability to engage in independent literary criticism in a manner which reveals a personal response to literature
• an ability to express ideas with clarity, coherence, conciseness, precision and fluency in both written and oral communication
• a command of the language appropriate for the study of literature and a discriminating appreciation of the need for an effective choice of register and style in both written and oral communication
• a sound approach to literature through consideration of the works studied
• a thorough knowledge both of the individual works studied and of the relationships between groups of works studied
• an appreciation of the similarities and differences between literary works from different ages and/or cultures
• an ability to engage in independent textual commentary on both familiar and unfamiliar pieces of writing
• a wide-ranging appreciation of structure, technique and style as employed by authors, and of their effects on the reader
• an ability to structure ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing, in a logical, sustained and persuasive way, and to support them with precise and relevant examples
Books for Senior IB Fall 2012: You must come to school on the first day with ALL of your books for the year. I expect you to put your name in the books, so I also expect that you will not “share” books.
Sonnets of ShakespeareISBN-13: 978-0671722876 Folger Library, Jan. 2004
Wuthering HeightsBronteISBN-13: 978-0451531797Signet Classics, March 2011
Beyond the Horizon O’NeillISBN-13: 978-1420933475 Digireads, Jan. 2009
Books for Senior IB Spring 2013
Ethan Frome E. WhartonISBN-13: 978-1840224085, Wordsworth Editions, Oct. 2000
Mrs. Dalloway V. WoolfISBN-13: 978-0199536009, Oxford, April 2008
Coming through Slaughter M. OndaatjeISBN-13: 978-0679767855, Vintage, March 1996
In Our Time HemingwayISBN-13: 978-0684822761, Scribner’s, Jan. 1996
If you do not have the following book, you MUST purchase it also:
English Literature for the IB Diploma, David James and Nic Amy, Cambridge: ISBN 978-1-107-40223-2
Please be sure to have YOUR OWN copies of each book. You will need to underline and highlight and use your books for oral presentations and paper writing. You cannot use library books. The correct editions of each book are available on the school website.
Completion of all reading assignments is expected for each class.
Active, enthusiastic and frequent participation in class discussions.
Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and are grounds for failure of the given assignment.
Students must be present for exams. There will be no make ups.
No late papers will be accepted. At all. Ever.