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Middle Years Program

Thompson K-8 International Academy


An International Baccalaureate World School

MYP Essentials

Course Aims

(source: IBMYP subject guidebook Language A and Language A teacher support materials and interim objectives)

(source: IBMYP subject guidebook Language A and Language A teacher support materials and interim objectives)

MYP Essentials

8th Grade English Syllabus


Instructor: Mrs. Shackelford

This course integrates the processes of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Throughout the year we will use a
variety of non-fiction texts and real-life applications of reading and writing that support the IB learner. These
connections will personalize students learning and promote habits of the mind that support the ideals and goals of a
globally focused International Baccalaureate student. By the end of this course, students will understand how to: (1)
Analyze a variety of informational and literary text; (2) Research, compose and refine writing for a variety of purposes; (3)
Effectively communicate, articulate and interact in group situations; and (4) Effectively communicate information in
written, verbal and technology integrated situations. Students will walk away understanding that our words,
actions, and dress, whether intentional or not communicate who we are and what we think.

Objectives and Assessment


A: Analysing
This objective refers to the students ability to demonstrate:
Criterion A
Analysing
i.
identify and explain the effects of the creators choices
Criterion B
Organization
on an audience
Criterion C
Producing Text
ii.
identify and explain the effects of the creators choices
on an audience
Criterion D
Using Language
iii.
justify opinions and ideas, using examples,
explanations and terminology
iv.
interpret similarities and differences in features within and between genres and texts.

Max. 10 pts
Max. 10 pts
Max. 10 pts.
Max. 10pts.

B: Organization
This criterion covers the students ability to:
i.

employ organizational structures that serve the context and intention

ii.

organize opinions and ideas in a coherent and logical manner

iii.

use referencing and formatting tools to create a presentation style suitable to the context and intention

C:Producing text(This criterion refers to thestudents ability to use language for a variety of purposes)
i.
ii.
iii.

produce texts that demonstrate thought, imagination and sensitivity, while exploring and considering new
perspectives and ideas arising from personal engagement, with the creative process
make stylistic choices in terms of linguistic, literary and visual devices, demonstrating awareness of impact on
an audience
select relevant details and examples to develop ideas

D: Using language
i. use appropriate and varied vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression
ii. write and speak in an appropriate register and style
iii. use correct grammar, syntax and punctuation

iv. spell (alphabetic languages), write (character languages) and pronounce with accuracy
v. use appropriate non-verbal communication techniques

Units of Study
Unit 1: Name ME UNCOVERED

Statements of Inquiry-Effective communicators understand that self-expression through our words, actions, and
dress whether intentional or not communicate who we are and what we think.
Global Context- Personal and Cultural Expressions (Express ideas and feelings)
Key/Related Concepts- Self-Expression
Summative Assessment (A brief description) Students will express their ideas in a written essay and a
presentation

Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit


B-Organization
Organize ideas and arguments in a sustained, coherent and logical manner

D: Using language
i. use appropriate and varied vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression

ii. write and speak in an appropriate register and style


iii. use correct grammar, syntax and punctuation
v. use appropriate non-verbal communication techniques

Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit


Unit 2: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness

Statements of Inquiry- Global minded people, understand that every time you read something, view something,
or react to what youve read or seen, youre participating in a world of ideas that impact how one views the
world.
Global Context- Identities Beliefs and Values, Human Relationships
Key Concept- Change
Related Concept-Setting, Context, Theme
Summative Assessment (A brief description) Students will express their ideas in a written essay and a
presentation

Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit


Criterion B: Organizing Organize opinions and ideas in a logical manner
Criterion C: Producing Text- Produce text that demonstrate thought and imagination while exploring new
perspectives and ideas arising from personal engagement with the creative process.

Unit : 3 Transformation

Statements of Inquiry-Effective communicators understand that self-expression through our words, actions, and
dress whether intentional or not communicate who we are and what we think.
Global Context- Personal and Cultural Expressions (Express ideas and feelings)
Key/Related Concepts- Self-Expression

Summative Assessment (A brief description) Students will express their ideas in a written essay and a
presentation

Final Grading Level Descriptors:


Students summative and formative assessments throughout the year will help to determine each students ability based on
the level descriptors below.