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Curriculum Paper IB Juniors

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English II Pre IB

English II I IB


IB Junior English

Curriculum Paper


Instructor:  Robert G. Pierce                                                     Email:

School number:  693-7583 ext. 190                                                                 



Textbooks:      Literature and the Writing Process

                        SUMMER READING:  1984 – George Orwell       

                                                               The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien    

Course Description

The IB curriculum is a two year program, divided into four parts, with selections chosen from book lists prescribed by IBO for parts 1,2, and 3.  Parts 3 and 4 are taught the senior year.   Junior year IB consists of parts 1 and 2.  Part one, World Literature, includes works from translation:  Madame Bovary by Flaubert, A Doll’s House by Ibsen, and Antigone by Sophocles.  Also in the first semester, junior year, the first world literature paper is due.  This is a formal paper (1000 – 1500 words) discussing a common element of at least two of the three world literature works and requires research.  Final paper (two final copies) will be turned in January 18th and 19th, 2011. There will be no revisions of this paper after it is turned in to junior English teacher. We will also be preparing for the AP Language and Composition exam in May.

Second semester, part two, includes a detailed study of the following:  Macbeth  and Hamlet by Shakespeare, poetry by John Donne and Langston Hughes, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber.  World literature paper number two is a creative paper (1000 – 1500 words) using works from parts one and two.  Final paper (two final copies) will be due in June.  Again, no revisions of this paper after turned in to English teacher.  IBO requires each candidate tape a fifteen minute oral commentary.  The oral exam will be administered in March or April, at school, under teacher direction, and on a Saturday.  Specific dates and times will be announced in class.


Grade Distribution

The grading scale is:  A = 90% - 100%, B = 80% - 89%, C = 70% - 79%, D = 60% - 69%, F = 59% and below.  Nine weeks grades will be determined by a point system.  The source of grades will include essays, quizzes, tests, homework, classwork, and research papers.  Students will keep a point tally sheet in their writing folders which will remain in the classroom.  Students will know the value of each assignment based on the number of points allocated.  Essay revisions are encouraged but not required.  A student must meet with the teacher to review essay prior to revising (a conference form must be attached to essay and revision).  The student will be given the higher of the two grades.  The student has until the next essay is given to revise previous essay.  Essays will be given approximately every three weeks.  Thus, if the class is writing essay number two, essay number one’s revision time has passed. 


Attire and Behavior

The Student Code of Conduct will be enforced.  Respect for all individuals at all times is required.  Students must be seated and working when the tardy bell rings.  A reminder, the teacher dismisses the class, not the bell.  Writing on school books and/or desks is vandalism and will be dealt with accordingly.  No food, drinks, nor gum are allowed in class.  Cell phones or any other electronic devices are NOT allowed in the classroom.  Students are required to dress appropriately according to the Student Code of Conduct.  Females should make sure that midriff and upper body areas are not exposed.  Male students should wear pants at the waist.  Hats should be removed before entering the classroom.



Each student is required to bring regular sized white notebook paper, assigned textbook, and blue or black ink pens to class.  All work is to be done in blue or black ink.  Work NOT done in blue or black in will receive a zero, no credit.  Each student will maintain a writing portfolio; these will be kept in the classroom.  Students may want to purchase sticky notes and highlighters to be used in class.



Coming to class is mandatory!  Students must have an official readmit to enter class after being absent.  It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about make-up work or work missed due to an absence.  Following Duval County Public School policy, a student has the number of days he is absent to make up work.  For example, if a student misses three classes, upon returning to class, he has three classes to turn in all make up work. Students should inquire about make up work BEFORE class begins or check the class website for daily activities.  All make up work should be done by the next progress report/scholarship warning period.  For example, my printed reports go out every two to two and one half weeks.  Work missed the first two weeks may NOT be made up at the end of the grading period.  Be responsible; do not wait until May to become interested in your grade.  Make up work should be turned in on time.  See teacher if you have ANY questions. 


Tutoring/Safety Nets

Our class time is vital.  Make up work will be done outside of class; you will have the number of classes missed to make up all work.  You must see me before or right after school to get make up work and turn it in the next class period to get any credit.  I am available from 7:30 – 8:00 most mornings. My planning period time is B days 2nd period.  Grade recovery in the first semester will be a full AP test.  There will be three essays and a multiple choice section.  A minimum score of a 5 is required on ALL THREE essays and a minimum of 50% correct on the multiple choice section.  In the second semester all three essays must score a 6 or higher along with 50% correct on the multiple choice section.




Academic Integrity Policy

Students are expected to take pride in their own work.  This means all work is done with honesty and integrity.  All work is your OWN work.  The school academic integrity policy will be enforced.


International Baccalaureate Standards

IB students will be expected to demonstrate:

*        An ability to engage in independent literary criticism in a manner which reveals a personal response to literature


*        An ability to express ideas with clarity, coherence, conciseness, precision, and fluency in both written and oral communication


*        A command of the language appropriate for the study of literature and a discriminating appreciation of the need for an effective choice of register and style in both written and oral communication


*        A sound approach to literature through consideration of the works studied


*        A thorough knowledge both of the individual works studied and of the relationships between groups of works studied


*        An appreciation of the similarities and differences between literary works from different ages and/or cultures


*        An ability to engage in independent textual commentary on both familiar and unfamiliar pieces of writing


*        A wide-ranging appreciation of structure, technique and style as employed by authors, and of their effects on the reader


*        An ability to structure ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing, in a logical, sustained and persuasive way, and to support them with precise and relevant examples.