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Welcome to MYP English Language Arts!

Each year I try to focus on a different skill: non-fiction reading comprehension, vocabulary, etc. and build on the one from the previous year. I typically read between 4-6 books each year with the kids, and that serves as the basis for the quarter. IB for English focuses heavily on perspective and communication, which is really the heart of any English literature and language study. Like all of us, characters in the stories we read together deal with their world in unique ways that reflect their cultural identity, as well as the time in which the novel is set and written in.

7th Grade: Coming of Age
This class will focus on the concept of growing up and how that looks different depending on your culture, where you live, your social and economic situation, and your attitude.

English I: Love and Leadership
This class will focus on the concepts of leadership and the forging of natural human relationships with the backdrop of major world events. We will explore Greek and Roman mythology, experience Shakespeare’s most famous play, and read two accounts of children struggling to find meaning in life during a time of major global conflicts.

English II: Identity and Connectedness  

We will read several texts that deal with the concepts of establishing identity and the complex world of human relationships. You will be focusing on how a person’s culture and values influence their views, especially when it comes to conflict.

English III: Justice and Individualism  
We will read several texts that deal with the concept of justice and individual freedom in society. You will be focusing on how society establishes its sense of morality and how individuals are often challenged by concepts of what is considered normal or appropriate within their own society. The texts we read will be mostly American literature.
 
English IV: Transformation  
We will read several texts that deal with the process of inner and outer change. You will be focusing on how external pressures (or sometimes internal struggles) cause each protagonist to undergo a personal transformation.

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