Written Assignment Ib English Hl2

Group 2- Second Language

 

IB French SL (5599) – This is a 1-year course designed for seniors after completion of French 3 or Honors French 3. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to the culture of France and the Francophone countries. IB French is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the year. CR 5, YO 12, PRE French 3 or Honors French 3

 

IB Italian SL (5598)– This is a 1-year course designed for seniors after completion of Italian 3 or Honors Italian 3. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to Italian culture. IB Italian is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the year. CR 5, YO 12, PRE Italian 3 or Honors Italian 3

 

IB Spanish SL (5590) - This is a 1-year course designed for seniors after completion of Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to Hispanic culture. IB Spanish is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the year. CR 5, YO 12, PRE Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3

 

IB French HL1 and HL2 (5601/5602) – This is a 2-year course designed for juniors and seniors after completion of French 3, Honors French 3, or Accelerated French. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to the culture of France and the Francophone countries. IB French is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. The students also read and study two works of literature. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May of senior year, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the course. CR 5 per year, YO 11 and 12, PRE Accelerated French, French 3 or Honors French 3

 

IB Italian HL1 and HL2– This is a 2-year course designed for juniors and seniors after completion of Italian 3, Honors Italian 3, or Accelerated Italian. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to Italian culture. IB Italian is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. The students also read and study two works of literature. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May of senior year, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the course. CR 5 per year, YO 11 and 12, PRE Accelerated Italian, Italian 3 or Honors Italian 3

 

IB Spanish HL1 and HL2 (5592/5593)- This is a 2-year course designed for juniors and seniors after completion of Spanish 3, Honors Spanish 3, or Accelerated Spanish. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. Mastery of language skills is developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material and literary texts, all of which relate to Hispanic culture. IB Spanish is discussion-based, relies heavily on student interaction, and promotes intercultural awareness and understanding. The areas of study include: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, and science and technology. The students also read and study two works of literature. In addition to taking the IB examinations in May of senior year, the students complete the IB written assignment and individual and interactive oral activities throughout the course. CR 5 per year, YO 11 and 12, PRE Accelerated Spanish, Spanish 3 or Honors Spanish 3

 

 

Group 3- Individuals and Societies

 

IB History of the Americas HL1 (2220) – This course is open to any student intending to go to college and specifically meets the IB full diploma requirement for individuals and society (social studies). History of the Americas is a comparative course, which will integrate the histories of Canada, Latin America, and the United States from the 19th Century to the present, as well as World History Topics like The Cold War and 20thC Wars. This course is designed to promote awareness and understanding of the countries in the Western Hemisphere along with a global perspective. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, analysis of primary sources and historical research.  Students in this class should have average to above average writing skills and above average or college-capable reading skills. In addition to serving as the first year of the IB curriculum for higher level Social Studies, this course counts for graduation purposes as one year of United States history.  The international perspective in Diploma Programme history provides a sound platform for the promotion of international understanding and, inherently, the intercultural awareness necessary to prepare students for global citizenship. Above all, it helps to foster respect and understanding of people and events in a variety of cultures throughout the world.   CR 5, YO 11, PRE US History 1

 

IB History of the Americas HL2 (2221) – History of the Americas is a comparative course, which will integrate the histories of Canada, Latin America, and the United States from the 19th Century to the present, as well as World History Topics like The Cold War and 20thC Wars. This course is designed to promote awareness and understanding of the countries in the Western Hemisphere along with a global perspective. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, analysis of primary sources and historical research.  Students in this class should have average to above average writing skills and above average or college-capable reading skills..  The international perspective in Diploma Programme history provides a sound platform for the promotion of international understanding and, inherently, the intercultural awareness necessary to prepare students for global citizenship. Above all, it helps to foster respect and understanding of people and events in a variety of cultures throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete the IB Internal Assessment and the IB exams in May.  CR 5, YO 12, PRE IB History of the Americas HL1

 

IB Psychology SL (2224) and IB Psychology HL1 and HL2 (2226) – IB Psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior. This integrative approach helps students understand how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied. Through this course of study, students learn to appreciate the diversity of human behavior and explore ethical considerations when conducting psychological research. There is a focus on one or two options (key areas, such as Human Relationships or Abnormal Psychology) and the replication of a simple experiment, the Internal Assessment, is required.
The main distinction between IB Psychology SL and HL is that SL students take part in a one year course, use descriptive statistics on the Internal Assessment and study one option. Students in HL Psychology, a 2 year course, study all topics much more in depth, carry out a more complicated Internal Assessment by calculating Inferential Statistics, must study two options plus investigate qualitative research methods. CR 5 per year, YO 11,12

 

 

Group 4- Experimental Sciences

 

IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL (4494) – The prime intent of this rigorous course is to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. Students’ attention can be constantly drawn to their own relationship with their environment and the significance of choices and decisions that they make in their own lives. It is intended that students develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, rather than a purely journalistic appreciation of environmental issues. The approach therefore is conducive to students evaluating the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues. Students meet for mandatory sessions over the summer.  The purpose of these meetings is to complete the topic 1 material as well as take the topic 1 assessment.  An independent research paper is due to complete the IB Internal Assessment, an integral component to the diploma process.  CR 6, YO 11,12, Suggested PRE Chemistry with an average of 75 or higher.

 

IB Biology SL (4490) – The intent of this rigorous course is to provide students with a holistic approach to the study of living things. The specific emphasis is on a practical approach through experimental work where students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Topics of study include cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, human physiology, along with an additional option. Students will have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings. All students enrolled in the course are required to complete a 10-hour investigation resulting in a research paper (internal assessment) as well as the IB exam (external assessment), integral parts of the certificate and diploma processes. CR: 6, YO 11, 12 Suggested PRE 85 or higher in Biology & Chemistry, and teacher recommendation. 

 

IB Physics HL1 and HL2 (4497) –A rigorous course, Physics HL exposes students to this most fundamental experimental science, which seeks to explain the universe itself—from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Students develop traditional practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, the language of physics. Course topics include:  measurement; mechanics; thermal physics and properties of matter; waves; electricity and magnetism; and atomic and nuclear physics.  In addition, this course is designed to develop an ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information, engender an awareness of the need for and the value of effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities, develop experimental and investigative scientific skills, and develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of science.  Further, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context. Study includes the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists. CR 6 per year, YO 11, 12; Suggested PRE Completion of Chemistry and Algebra 2 with an average of 85 or higher and teacher recommendation

 

 

Group 5- Mathematics

 

IB Mathematics SL (3374)– This is an intensive course which builds on students’ knowledge of Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus.  The course focuses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques.  The major topics studied in this course are: Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, and Statistics.  Sequences, Series, Binomial Expansion, and Vectors will also be studied in more depth than students encountered previously. For the IB internal assessment, an independent 8-12 page mathematical paper will be completed on a topic covered in the course.  The course culminates with the IB External Assessment, consisting of Paper 1, which does not allow a calculator, and Paper 2, which does allow a calculator.  Both papers are made up of both short-response and extended-response questions on the whole syllabus, which includes knowledge from Pre-Calculus topics.  CR 5, YO 11,12, Suggested PRE: Honors Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus with an average of 85 or higher.

 

IB Mathematical Studies SL (3370) – This rigorous course is a survey of mathematics designed for 4-year university bound students whose primary concentration of study is not STEM areas. The focus of this course is the relationship of mathematics to other subjects of study and to the world around us.  The primary purpose is to develop the critical thinking skills of students and to give them an appreciation of the many ways that mathematics can be used to better understand natural phenomena and current events.  The material covered in this course will help prepare students to solve problems dealing with the following areas:  Introductory Differential Calculus, Numbers and Algebra, Sets and Logic, Probability, Statistics, Functions, Geometry and Trigonometry, and Financial Mathematics.  The course culminates with the IB Exam, consisting of two Papers, the first comprising on short-answer responses and the second with extended-responses. Both papers allow use of a graphing calculator. The course also requires students to write an IB Internal Assessment, an independent 7-10 page mathematical paper on a topic covered in the course. CR 5, YO 12 Suggested PRE: Algebra 2 & Geometry with an average of 80 or higher.

 

 

Core IB Course for IB Diploma Students

 

IB Theory of Knowledge 1 and 2 (9010/9011) – The main goal of the course is to encourage students to think critically about knowledge itself, that is, to focus on how they know, rather than on what they know.  At the heart of the course is the student as knower, surrounded by the ways of knowing (emotion, reason, sense perception, language, imagination, intuition, memory and faith), the areas of knowledge (the arts, natural sciences, human sciences, mathematics, history, ethics, indigenous knowledge systems and religious knowledge systems), and personal beliefs acquired in or out of school, as well as beliefs acquired in various parts of the world.  The goals of this course are to acquire an understanding of what it means to know something as an artist, a scientist, a psychologist, an economist, a mathematician, an historian, a philosopher, etc., no matter where on the planet they are from; how the forms of knowledge acquired are interconnected, and how to think critically.  An international perspective of knowledge will be discussed throughout, comparing and contrasting how people from different countries around the world live in cultures that affect how they acquire, and react to, specific types of knowledge. CR 2.5 per year YO 11 and 12, PRE IB Diploma Program Candidate

The language A: literature course introduces students to the analysis of literary texts. It is the course through which the IB’s policy of mother-tongue entitlement is delivered. The course is automatically available in 55 languages and available by special request and may be studied in any language with a sufficiently developed written literature.

The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature, and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication.

Key features of the curriculum and assessment models

  • Available at higher and standard levels
  • Higher level study requires a minimum of 240 class hours, while standard level study requires a minimum of 150 class hours
  • Students study 13 works at higher level and 10 works at standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places
  • Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, building understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
  • The study of literary works in context is emphasised, and through the study of literature in translation the student is challenged to reflect on the role of cultural assumptions in interpretation
  • Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities
  • The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of a passage of unseen literary text, and the other a response to a question based on the works studied
  • Students also produce a written assignment based on the works studied in translation, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read

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