Welcome to IB English III
You have an exciting year ahead of you! Junior Prom, move-up day, and so much more! It's a thrill to experience this with you. Junior year is a great time to learn as much about yourself as possible. With only two years of high school remaining, it is critical to use this time for self-discovery and plan how you want the next decade of your life to go. I look forward to getting to know you and I do think this will be a wonderful year!
What does international mindedness mean to you?
Write a letter to a newspaper of your choice to explain its importance - direct your attention to an audience of your choice!
What three things must you do with a work of literature to properly ensure the best learning?
Part 4 requires each student to complete the IOP (individual oral presentation) based on one of the following works studied:
The Chosen, by Chaim Potok
A Selection from Essays: First Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
must be read and annotated by: 10/20/14
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
must be read and annotated by: 11/17/14
Part 2 requires each student to recite from memory an evaluation of a short excerpt from fiction or a poem after a brief preparation. The IOC (individual oral commentary) based on two randomly selected works selected from the following:
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - You must be finished three chapters by 2/3/14 and the first ten by 2/7/14; it must be finished (and annotated) by 2/12/14. I will give you directions as we go regarding what to look for. For the first three chapters, you must (in your journal) draw three lines down a blank page, leaving four sections. One section for characters, one for symbols of structure and/or religion, one for words that are considered good (like pretty, happiness, virgin), and one for words symbolizing evil/bad (sad-colored, "studded with iron spikes," page 39 in my edition). Please mention the page number next to the word. This way you can reference it later. Make it very neat. In the section for characters, please note anything that catches you as potentially significant. For example, 'the throng of people' can be considered as one person. You will write, throng of people, "have the handling of malefactressess of this Hester Prynne" pg. 42 An example of how it should look is under helpful links, IB journaling.
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
Selected poems from Walt Whitman's, Leaves of Grass
We will read Whitman, but the IOC will be conducted using Sylvia Plath's poetry
What to do with your reading...? Analyze, Synthesize and Evaluate
- Constantly look for links between works
- Hone writing skills to develop a smooth, coherent comparative essay
- Commentary (written and oral)
- Take notes in your books (sticky notes if you don’t have your own copies)
- Look at technique and its effect on the audience
- Get past summarizing
Look for meaning in the writing through the literary/rhetorical devices
- A literary technique or literary device is an identifiable rule of thumb, convention or structure that is employed in literature and storytelling.
- Literary techniques are important aspects of an author's style, which is one of the five elements of fiction, along with character, plot, setting and theme.
- Literary devices refer to specific aspects of literature, in the sense of its universal function as an art form which expresses ideas through language, which we can recognize, identify, interpret and/or analyze.
- Literary devices collectively comprise the art form’s components; the means by which authors create meaning through language, and by which readers gain understanding of and appreciation for their works. They also provide a conceptual framework for comparing individual literary works to others, both within and across genres.
Common errors found in essays
- underline book titles - The Chosen (you cannot italicize when writing by hand)
- when peer reviewing, underline only a few words, not an entire sentence
- numbers under 10 should be written out as words - one, two, three...