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Studies in Language and Literature (Language A)

MYP 9 Honors World Literature

(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 51100
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Course Description:
 
This course provides a comprehensive historical survey of world literature. Students will study the literature and important themes of such regions as Asia, the Middle East, China & Japan, Africa, and Western Europe from ancient times through the Renaissance.  Students will examine the mythological, philosophical, and artistic elements of these literary traditions.  Abundant practice in language arts skills including reading comprehension, literary analysis, and research will prepare students for higher level work in language arts.  The contents of the course will require extensive writing of various forms, including essay, dialogues, speeches, journals, and creative expressions.
 
 
 
The curriculum of this course parallels that of World Studies, allowing students to examine the effects of political, geographical, economic and social systems on literary expressions from a variety of cultures and providing an interdisciplinary and humanities approach to literature.


MYP 9 Honors Speech Communication

(S) Credits: 0.5
Course Number: 51300
Prerequisite: None
 
Course Description:
 
This one-semester course provides students with a solid foundation in verbal communication. Students will study speech concepts, theories and skills and apply them in their public speaking assignments throughout the course. Students will have opportunities to write and deliver various informative, persuasive and entertaining speeches.  Students will plan and implement a PSA project based on the MYP technology cycle in conjunction with their health education class which encourages creative communication techniques.


MYP 10 Honors American Literature

(Grade 10, required)

(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 51200
Prerequisite: World Literature
Course Description:
This course provides a comprehensive survey of literature from the Americas. Students will examine the mythological, philosophical, historical, cultural, and artistic elements of North, Central, and South America from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Abundant practice in language arts skills including reading comprehension, literary analysis, and research will prepare the student for higher-level work in language arts. The course contents will require extensive writing of various forms, including essays, dialogues, speeches, journals, and creative expressions.

 
In cooperation with American Studies, students will examine the effects of political, geographical, economic, and social systems on the literature of the Americas.


DP I and II Literature

(Grades 11, 12 required)
 
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Numbers: 51501 and 51511
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Course Description:
 
The International Baccalaureate course Language A : Literature introduces students to a range of texts from different periods, styles, and genres. Through these texts, students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis through oral and written expression. Through the study of these texts, students develop an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures and how these perspectives construct meaning as well as the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts. By understanding the techniques involved in literary criticism, students are able to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas. Most important, the course will promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature. This diploma programme course is split into two courses that span over the students’ junior and senior years.
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