• IB English Language A: Language and Literature

    TEACHERJoann Matthews            SUBJECT: IB English Language and Literature 2  (Course 1005855) 

    SCHOOL PHONE: 671-4820, ext. 58843EMAIL: Joann.Matthews@marion.k12.fl.us 


    The Language and Literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non literary genres. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption. The focus of the course is directed towards developing and understanding the constructed nature of meanings generated by language and the function of context in this process. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on the study of either literary or non-literary texts. Together, the four parts of the course allow the student to explore the language in question through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy. 

    Course Aims: 

    Introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles, and genres 

    Develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections 

    Develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication 

    Encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received 

    Encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures, and how these perspectives construct meaning 

    Encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic, and aesthetic qualities of texts 

    Promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature 

    Develop in students an understanding of how language, culture, and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts 

    Encourage students to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience, and purpose. 

    IB Language and Literature (SL) is made up of four parts total, two during Semester 1 and two during Semester 2. During the first semester, we will be doing Parts 2 & 4, which focuses on language and mass communication, as well as the critical study of literature. Students will complete their Individual Oral Commentary (IOC) before Christmas break. During the second semester, we will be doing Parts 1 & 3, which focuses on language in cultural context, as well as texts and contexts in literature. IB assessments include Individual Oral Commentary (IOC), two papers, four written tasks, two Further Oral Activities (FOA), and the IB exam as required by the IBO. Students who score a 4 on their exam – it counts for ENC 1101.  If they score a 5 or above, it counts for ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. 

    Homework: Every night students should be reading independently.  In addition, students will periodically have reading assignments in order to prepare for the next day’s in class assignment.  Additional homework or reading will be assigned in order to reinforce the skills learned in class. Homework will be due at various times and intervals. 

    Make-up/late work: If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to complete the missed assignments.  In some cases, an alternative activity will be assigned in place of the original.  The student will have one school day for every day they were absent to make up any class work or homework that was missed.  Late work will be accepted at the teacher’s discretion.  Points may be deducted for any work not turned in on time. I am available before school for makeup tests/quizzes by appointment.

    Attendance: Please remember that attendance is extremely important. More than 5 absences in a quarter is considered excessive and tend to be detrimental to student progress. Assignments are posted on the website, posted on the portal, posted in the classroom, or sent to the student’s MCPS assigned e-mail. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with any missed work.  


    Pay attention to the person speaking

    Provide respectful responses even if you disagree 

    Share relevant examples

    Do not monopolize the conversation 

    Encourage others to speak up

    Minimal or non-distracting side bar conversations when another person has the floor 



    1. Any type of electronic equipment must be turned off and put away in a purse or backpack before entering the classroom.  Purses and backpacks should not obstruct the desk or the teacher’s view of the student‘s hands or the classroom and should be placed under the desk or on the floor 
    1. Only water in a clear plastic bottle is permitted. Food may be permitted based upon teacher discretion and for documented medical reasons. 
    1. Students are to remain seated in preparation for dismissal. Students are not allowed to congregate at the door. 
    1. All returned and graded work should be stored in a binder. Classroom handouts must be stored in binder for use in classroom assignments and quizzes and tests. 
    1. Only one student at a time is allowed to be out of the class with the restroom pass.  Students should minimize loss of instructional time by using the restroom during class change. The teacher may not be able to repeat or reteach information while the student is out of the classroom. 



    Grades will be calculated based on the following grading scale: 

    90-100      =A 

    80-89        =B 

    70-79        =C 

    60-69        =D 

    59 and below =F 


    The class assignments will be weighted by the following percentages (may change): 


    Class/Daily Assignments35% 




    *All formal writing assignments will be graded based on IB rubrics and will be required to be typed and formatted according to IB specifications. All formal writing assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn.com to verify authenticity and originality of the work. Tests and quizzes may take many forms aside from the traditional essays/papers, including, but not limited to: oral exams, presentations, creative writing assignments, reading checks, vocabulary quizzes, etc.  



    1. (1) 2 inch hard bound three ring binder to keep assignments/writings/vocabulary 
    1. 1 composition notebook for bellringers, journal entries, and pithy point presentations (you may have one for each) 
    1. (1) each of Box of Facial Tissue, Clorox wipes, flushable wet wipes, hand sanitizer 
    1. Notebook Paper, Pens, pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers and dry erase eraser 
    1. 1 bag of candy (in individual wrappers). Teacher will collect and keep for various activities. 
    1. K-cups of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (for Keurig machines); hot chocolate or tea in individual packets; insulated cups with lids for hot liquids. These are not required but appreciated for the enlightenment time before school on designated days. My students are able to come in and talk with the teacher, do homework, or just have quiet time before the school day starts. 


    Use of MCPS Wi-fi 

    Students should use the MCPS provided Wi-fi access for classroom assignments to prevent over usage of their cellular data plans and the resultant costs for that over usage. It is the student and parent responsibility to monitor their own cellular provider data plan guidelines. The instructor nor the district will be liable for any costs. 


    Student Images 

    From time to time we have projects where we use various media and images.  If you do not want your student image used for classroom activities, you must inform the teacher. 


    *Syllabus and requirements may be adjusted and altered as deemed necessary*