Aims of Language and Literature

The aims of all MYP subjects state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.
The aims of MYP language and literature are to encourage and enable students to:
  • use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression, analysis and social interaction
  • develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
  • develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary texts
  • engage with text from different historical periods and a variety of cultures
  • explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary texts
  • explore language through a variety of media and modes
  • develop a lifelong interest in reading
  • apply linguistic and literary concepts and skills in a variety of authentic contexts.

From: Language and Literature Subject Guide

Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, therefore it permeates the whole curriculum. The power of language is best experienced through quality literature. The study of language and literature enables students to become highly proficient in their understanding and use of their language. Students need to develop an appreciation of language and literature, of the nature of language and literature, of the many influences on language and literature, and of the power and beauty of language and literature. They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a valuable life skill, a powerful tool both in societal communication and as a means of personal reflection. Learning that language and literature are creative processes encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression. At EIMS, students will attend their Language and Literature class daily at all grade levels.

MYP Language and Literature is academically rigorous, and equips students with linguistic, analytical and communicative skills that can also be used in an interdisciplinary manner across all other subject groups. There are six skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting, which develop as both independent and interdependent skills. Students develop these skills through the study of both language and literature. The choice of texts also provides opportunities for and influences students in further developing the attributes of the IB learner profile.

Adapted from MYP Language and Literature Guide

Sixth Grade, Year 1
Quarter 2

Key Concept:Perspective: Different perspectives often lead to multiple representations and interpretations.
Related Concepts:Theme / Point-of-View / Context
Global Context: Fairness andDevelopment
Exploration: power and privilege

SOI: Development impacts communities in different ways depending on your point of view, and has a relationship to power and privilege based on individual interpretation.

Eighth Grade, Year 3
Quarter 2

Key Concept: Perspective
Related Concepts: Context, Point of View
Global Context: Personal and cultural expression
Exploration: Belief Systems

SOI: The context (setting) in which we live, different events and our perspective impacts our belief system.

Overview: Students will be reading the novel To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. They will use this novel as the anchor text as well as leveled Literature Circle Novels to delve into life during the Great Depression era. Students will use these novels to gain a global understanding of their universal moral obligation and how their moral compass influences society and those around them.