English Language and Literature
Grade 6 students are currently studying the novel ‘Refugee’ by Alan Gratz. During lessons we have been researching about the Syrian conflict and how this affects one of the main characters, Mahmoud. Students have been evaluating the impact of the omniscient narrator in telling the personal stories of Josef, Isabel and Mahmoud.
Grade 8 students have begun a poetry unit which focuses on the concepts of culture and identity. Through our study of several poems, students have developed their understanding of the importance of these concepts and how poets use language features to present their ideas to the reader. In class, students have been comparing and contrasting poems and making informed judgements regarding the effectiveness of figurative language.
Grade 9 students have been exploring contemporary short stories with a particular focus on perspectives. From the four stories studied so far, students have been acquiring a deeper understanding of how writers often use symbols and motifs to present different perspectives. In our formative assessment, students have been strengthening their analytical skills by considering the reader’s response in greater detail.
The Grade 11 students have been embracing their new IBDP syllabus with a little 'perspective'. Inspired by the incredible movie ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ the students have been looking at the world from a different perspective. They start the course with a good understanding of basic literary knowledge - perspective, tone, style, structure and literary devices - before moving on to a broad range of literary and non-literary texts providing them with a global outlook to Language and Literature. Let’s hope their perspectives' stay broad and open with a thirst for knowledge.
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