Senior IB Language and Literature

Parts 3 & 4

Course Syllabus


Instructor: Joellen Kramer


Required Texts:  : Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte,  “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Atonement by Ian McEwan and “The Visit” by Friedrich Durrenmatt.

Course Description: Over the school year you will engage in continued preparation for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This course is designed to meet both the requirements in English for the Jefferson County School District and to develop the skills in writing, oral presentation, research and analysis of literature necessary to successfully complete the prescribed assessments for the English portion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. In addition, individual abilities and interest areas will be explored to assist students in developing products that best reflect their individual critical thinking skills and style of presentation of assessment.  Through the critical study of Literature as well as texts in their contexts, the student will gain an expanded international perspective of literature and human thought.


Materials needed for the class:  You will need the above mentioned texts as well as paper, pencils, pens and highlighters.  You will also need a 3 ring binder and a package of dividers.  You will keep all handouts/notes/writing ect…in this binder.   It is designed to keep you organized, on top of your work and will serve as a review notebook for your major assessments this year: the Oral Commentary (Dec.), Written Task 2 (March) as well as , Paper 1 and Paper 2 (May)   I will check the binder (for a grade)  throughout the course of the year.  Make sure you have it every day!



Attendance, Make-Up Work and Behavior Standards:  I adhere to the school’s attendance policy and behavior standards as detailed in the Student Planner and district’s Code of Conduct. Exams, quizzes and homework often include questions on material presented only in class, so performance on these indirectly reflects attendance. If you miss a class, see me during Office Hours the next day, email me or check my website via the school site. Make-up work must be completed in a timely fashion. Work assigned before the day of an absence is still expected to be turned in on time, even if an absence occurs.  In class work, like timed writings, quizzes, etc…will need to be made up within a week of the student’s return to class, or will be subject to a late penalty of 50%.  After the week deadline, I reserve the right to assign make-up work in a different format than it was originally received.   

* Late work Policy- Some work may be handed in late.  If an assignment is one DAY (not class period) late, it will lose 10%.  Work handed in after that will lose 50%.  I will not accept any work outside of a six week period. 

Evaluation: Grades will be a combination of points from tests, quizzes, activities, notebook, group work, individual projects, presentations, etc.  Some work will be turned in and returned with feedback but will not count toward the final grade.  Late work is sometimes accepted for a reduced grade (see above).  In addition to assignments and activities individual to the course, students are expected to complete the Individual Oral Commentary, Written Task 1, Written Task 2, and both Papers 1 & 2 (given sometime in May) as specified by the IB curriculum in order to pass the course.  

Grading Scales: A=100%-90% B=89%-80% C=79%-70% D=69%-60% F=below 60%

Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of 0% for the assignment.


Contact Information:

Room A101

Office Hours: 7:00-7:30

Planning Periods: I teach periods 5 and 6 so you can find me in the IB office most of the time….if not, check the teacher’s deck.


Phone: 303-982-7121

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