STUDENTS AND PARENTS,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!! This is a tumultuous time, and I will try to keep this site updated for parents and students a few times each week.
Please read the syllabus at the right.
Students are asked to read this blog the first week of school:
IB Brain Boot Camp
Syllabus for 2020-2021
COUSD GMAIL Student Accounts
Your COUSD GMAIL account should be used for all communication regarding school.
Here's how to set up your account:
Go to http://mail.google.com and enter the following credentials. Remember that this is your PERMANENT ID #.
In using your permanent id for documents and Google Classroom-- DROP the first two zeros from the ID#.
Last 5 digits of the PermID+first name
You are able to change your password once your account has been established.
COHS GOOGLE CLASSROOM-- JOIN THIS CLASS
Distance Learning this year will require multiple sites, apps, and thresholds. Our primary contact will be through GSuite (Classroom, Docs, Slides, Meet), Zoom, Turnitin.com, and Youtube. Note: You will use Turnitin.com for major assignments that require plagiarism checks. Google Classroom does not replace Turnitin.com.
Here's how to join Google Classroom:
1) Following the instructions above, log into Google with your official COHS gmail account.
2) Click on YOUR ACCOUNT/APPS and choose CLASSROOM. You may need to press MORE at the bottom of the screen.
3) Click the + sign in the top right corner to JOIN A CLASS.
>> IBHL English Period 2: Use this code to join: dzbftir
5) Calendars will be synced with Google Classroom and many assignments will be submitted here.
At Charter Oak High School English A is a two-year Higher Level IB course. Thirteen significant works or units of study will be considered over the two years. They must meet at least one of the areas below. Students are free to choose the pieces in the list to use for the assessments described at the right.
The works we will study in the senior year are in RED.
Area of Exploration A: Readers, Writers, Tests
3 works, at least
• Three World Literature works studied as a group, linked by one or more aspects such as culture, genre, theme, period, style, type of literary study, methodology.
Area of Exploration B: Time & Space
3 works, at least
• Three English language works studied in detail.
• Each work chosen from a different genre category on the IB Prescribed Book List
Area of Exploration C: Intertextuality- Connecting Texts
3 works, at least,
Four English language works studied as a group.
• All four works chosen from the same genre category.
Global Issue D: Portfolio Focus & Oral Presentation (Assessment)
IB Structure- 13 works in Higher Level
• Texts in Translation: At least 4
• Texts in English: At least 5
• Freely chosen texts: At least 4
• Literary Forms: 4 - Novel, Poetry, Play, Non-Fiction
• Periods - At least 3
• Places - At least 4
Translated Texts from which to choose:
1. Garcia Marquez, Chronicles of a Death Foretold (WIT, Columbia)
2. Chekhov, selected short stories (WIT, Russia)
3. International Poets, various (student chosen from PRL)
4. Camus, The Stranger (WIT, France)
5. (possible choice) Summer Reading text (see below)
English-language Texts from which to choose:
1. Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory (PRL, Haiti, America)
2. Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (PRL, England, France)
3. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (PRL, England, Italy) PLAY
4. Brontë, Jane Eyre (FC, England)
5. Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (FC, England)
6. Poetic Works of Robert Frost (PRL, America)
(option) Poetry of Dickinson, Harjo, Milosz, Neruda, or Whitman
7. MLK, Jr., selected essays and speeches (PRL - Non-Fiction)
8. Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (PRL, Gilead/America/Canada)
9. Tolkien, The Hobbit (FC, Middle-earth)
Summer Reading Options: The Novel Male
The student had the choice to read ONE of these novels, written in various languages. The choice may be used to satisfy any of the IB testing modules.
1. Austen, Pride & Prejudice (PRL, Victorian England)
2. Byatt, Possession (PRL, Victorian England + Present London)
3. Dumas, Man in the Iron Mask (WIT, France)
4. Forster, A Room with a View (PRL, Italy, England, pre-WWI)
5. Gaskell, North & South (FC, Victorian England)
6. Grenville, The Lieutenant (PRL, Australia)
7. Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (PRL, Victorian England)
8. Hugo, Les Miserables (WIT, France)
9. Inoue, Tun-Huang (WIT, China, Japan)
10. Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (FC, American South)
11. Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind (WIT, Spain)
IB Assessment Guidelines
External Assessment 80%
Written Paper Component 50%
Two written papers, externally set and externally assessed in May.
Paper 1 Guided Literary Analysis 2 hours, 15 minutes 35%
Paper 2 Comparative Essay 1 hour, 45 minutes 25%
Higher Level Essay 20%
Students submit an essay of 1,200 - 1,500 words on ONE literary text studied in junior or senior year.
Note: Text must be chosen & topic approved by December., therefore a student who wishes to use a Spring text from senior year, must work with Mrs. Shockey on topics.
Internal Assessment 30% Oral Component
Individual Oral Presentation 10 minutes... 20%
Student uses "extracts" from one world-language piece and one piece written in English, pulled from the texts studied in junior and senior year. Presentation is 15 minutes with 5 minutes of questioning from teacher to the following prompt:
Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the context and form of two of the works that you have studied.
COHS Teacher's Assessment
Students will receive grades based on performance on IB required assessments along with assignments designed to prepare them to perform well on the IB assessments.
Because of restrictions IB places on products which must be submitted for external assessments, the grades for the External and Internal Assessments are not given to students until July of 2021. Therefore, the teacher's assessment is the sum-total of the school-reported work.