Grades 9 and 10 of the YIS English program have been designed to build on the foundation of knowledge and concepts introduced in Middle School MYP English. Students will continue to further develop their analytical, creative and critical thinking skills through an exploration of language and literature. In each student we hope to instill a lifelong interest in literature and the way it reflects the world around us. Students will study various texts and text types in preparation for the IBDP English A Courses (Literature / Language and Literature) which begin in Grade 11. It is the aim of the YIS English Department to inspire critical and creative thinkers, communicators, and lifelong readers.
Students are expected to take an active role in the learning process, which includes asking for further clarification and instruction if they encounter difficult parts of the course. The English Department is available to help and support students.
The grades 9 and 10 courses continue the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students are encouraged to develop independent ideas in the study of literature and support them through close analysis of textual evidence. In addition to literary analysis, a variety of functional language skills are taught including summarizing, blog posts, script writing and persuasive writing. Students will work towards the improvement of writing through consistent practice. The development of specific language skills is integrated into lessons in response to common difficulties.
Students in Grades 9-10 are assessed against the Middle Years Programme Language A assessment criteria:
C) Producing Text
D) Using Language
In order to give students the chance to demonstrate real understanding, they complete a range of assessments, both formative and summative, over the course of the two years. These may take the familiar form of essays written in class or at home, or the mandatory end of year examination in grades 9 and 10. However, assessment can also include a range of interpretative, expressive and creative tasks in the form of artifacts like posters, magazine articles, comic strips, transformations of stories, diaries or imagined responses to fictional contexts.
In the first unit students will explore the short story form and science fiction genre, learning about how such stories comment on the contexts in which they are written and also speculate on the future. Students will read and analyse a number of famous short stories before producing their own. The second unit focuses on visual storytelling using Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost, with students both analysing and producing graphic novel pages. In the third unit students will read William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet along with a range of non-fiction texts that explore representations of gender, with the aim being to explore how gender roles can be promoted by texts. Throughout the year students will develop vocabulary, reading and language skills through regular activities and wider reading.
In preparation for the Diploma Programme, students will explore issues of fairness and development and the YIS service cycle in relation to the study of memoir writing, PSA, and Op-Eds. This study of language in its cultural context, the child soldier, will be followed by a unit on language and mass media where students’ critical and comparative skills of visuals and public voice will be further developed. In semester two, students will engage in a comparative study of literature using two plays, and complete a detailed study of a poet to extend their written commentary skills on genre. In Grade 10, students are expected to sustain and develop thoughtful arguments about language and literature in a way that is focused on the highest levels of achievement in the MYP Criteria.