IB/MYP Course Overview

School Year 2010-2011

Sanford Middle School
3524 42nd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55406
Telephone:  612.668.4900
Fax:  612.668.4910
Web:  http://sanford.mpls.k12.mn.us/


COURSE TITLE: IB MYP ENGLISH – Reading Workshop – Supplemental Language Arts Course

IB MYP Level: Level 1 (grade 6), Level 2 (grade 7), Level 3 (grade 8)

Instructor: Amy Matison

Voice Mail: 612-668-9388

E-Mail: amatison@mpls.k12.mn.us



DESCRIPTION OF COURSE

Reading Workshop is an intensive supplemental English/language arts course designed to assist struggling readers in moving toward grade level in reading skills.  Reading Workshop course activities focus on expanding vocabulary skills, improving comprehension skills, and strengthening listening, viewing, speaking, and writing skills.  Reading Workshop is designed for those students whose standardized test scores and classroom-based assessment results indicate he or she is reading at one or more grade levels below his or her peers.  The course fulfills the district requirement that struggling readers be offered additional reading assistance during the school day.


MYP AIMS ADDRESSED BY THIS COURSE
•    develop the skills involved in speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing in a variety of contexts
•    respond appropriately to a variety of texts
•    read widely to promote a lifelong interest in language and literature
•    develop language skills through disciplinary work
•    reflect on the learning process in various ways and at various stages
•    empathize with real people and fictional characters as and when appropriate


STATE CONTENT STANDARDS
From Minnesota Department of Education, Academic Standards, Language Arts Grades 6-8
•    the student will read with accuracy and fluency
•    the student will use a variety of strategies to expand reading, listening, and speaking vocabularies
•    the student will understand the meaning of informational, expository or persuasive texts, using a variety of strategies and will demonstrate literal, interpretive, inferential, and evaluative comprehension
•    the student will actively engage in the reading process and read, understand, respond to, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate a wide variety of fiction, poetic and nonfiction texts
•    the student will create informative, expressive and persuasive writing
•    the student will engage in a writing process, with attention to organization, focus, quality of ideas and a purpose
•    the student will apply standard English conventions when writing
•    the student will demonstrate understanding and communicate effectively through listening and speaking


COURSE UNITS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2010-2011

(First Quarter) -- The New Americans (Immigration)
(Second Quarter)
(Third Quarter)
(Fourth Quarter)


KEY INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES/APPROACHES TO LEARNING

For the IB/MYP unit "The New Americans," key instructional strategies include
•    COMPREHENSION – scaffolded summarizing activities involving the unit’s articles and texts
•    VOCABULARY – understanding target words and multiple-meaning words and using dictionaries
•    WRITING – scaffolded expository summary paragraph writing activities
•    EVALUATING – reflecting on successes, difficulties, and learnings as a result of participating in the unit’s activities

For the IB/MYP unit "The New Americans," key approaches to learning include
•    using communication skills in writing the summary paragraph and the call to action paragraph
•    applying learning through the unit's activities
•    using problem-solving and critical thinking skills, individually and/or collaboratively, as the unit's activities are carried out
•    using reflection skills as the unit's activities are completed



COMMUNITY AND SERVICE

Community and Service work will occur in the ____ unit.  
Awareness
Involvement
Reflection

INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS, INVOLVEMENT, REFLECTION

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS

FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS USED, INCLUDING MYP

Formative

Formal and informal assessments will occur at many different points during the unit.  Students’ oral reading skills, vocabulary skills, comprehension skills, and summarizing skills will be developed and assessed as videos are watched and discussed, as articles and texts are read and discussed, as vocabulary activities are completed, as the scaffolded writing summaries are completed, and as the unit wrap-up activities are completed.  Opportunities for students to receive feedback on ____ are also included in the unit.  Students will receive both oral and written feedback from the instructor throughout the unit.

Summative

Final performance marks for this unit will be based on a student’s completion of ____.
 

MAJOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS/RESOURCES FOR THE IB/MYP UNIT ____

Scholastic READ 180 rBOOK, student edition, will serve as the fundamental text for this unit.  The Scholastic READ 180 “Anchor Videos” DVD will also be utilized.  rBook resources include the readings ____.  The anchor video for this unit is ____.  Supplemental readings will be chosen based on current events and student interests.  Supplemental resources include ____. Technology tools, resources, and activities include _____.