English HL Schedule of Activities (First Semester, AY 2011-2012)

22 06 2011

IB English HL (COHORT 1)

Schedule of Lessons and Activities 

(First Semester AY 2011-2012)

Prepared by: Ms. Barbara Magallona


Unit I. POETRY (7 cycles = 21 meetings)

A. Elements of Poetry

B. Discussion of poems: “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins, “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “Tonight I can Write” by Pablo Neruda, “Cross” by Langston Hughes, “Four Glimpses of Night” by Frank Marshall, “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost, “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden, “Helen of Troy Does Counter-Top Dancing” by Margaret Atwood, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh, Shakespeare’s Sonnets 18 and 29.

C. Discussion: Walt Whitman:  “Great Are the Myths”, “Who Learns My Lessons

Complete”, “Faces”, “There Was A Child Went Forth”

  1. Discussion: Sylvia Plath: “The Queen’s Complaint”, “I Want, I Want”, “Cinderella”, “Daddy”, “Metaphors”, “Barren Woman”, “Heavy Women”, “Widow”, “I Am Vertical”, “The Munich Mannequins”, and “Edge”

Activities: close reading activity, visual poetry

Assessments: Creative Output (CO) #1, Mini Literary Analysis Paper #1, Individual Oral Presentation (IOP)


Unit II. SHAKESPEARE (6 cycles = 18 meetings)

A. Shakespearean World View and the Tragic Hero

B. Discussion of King Lear

C.  Discussion of Much Ado About Nothing

Activities: practice essays, literature circles, dramatic reading, film-viewing,

Assessments: Creative Output # 2, Individual Oral Presentation (IOP), Mini Literary Analysis Paper #2


Unit III.  THE ESSAY (3 cycles = 12 meetings)

A. Research on the Essay

B. Discussion of eight essays from V.S. Naipaul’s “The Writer and the World”: “In the Middle of the Journey”, “Jamshed into Jimmy”, “The Ultimate Colony”, “Power?”, “A New King for the Congo: Mobutu and the Nihilism of Africa”, “Columbus and Crusoe”, “Steinbeck in Monterey”, “Argentina and the Ghost of Eva Peron – 1972-1991”

Activities: practice essays, Socratic circles, film showing

Assessments: Individual Oral Presentation (IOP)



GRADING SYSTEM (Xavier School report card grade)



IB Official Essay (predicted grade) – 50%

Literary Analysis Paper – 40%

CO – 10%




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