Semester Overview

Grade 10
Academic Year 2017/2018

English

Teacher Joe

 

Term 1

 

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to improve the overall growth of students in regards to English fluency with an emphasis on reading and writing. Over the course of the semester, we as a class will meet our course objectives through the use of three course books. Our Longman Reader will incorporate a wide variety of different reading topics and grammatical structures. The Longman Reader will be paired with the Grammar Workbook as a means of support and guidance. Each week the class will also be reading a popular book from contemporary American fiction. This part of the course is designed to expose students to language in a natural environment and practice reading comprehension.

 

Each week the class will focus on TOEFL vocabulary and reading questions. These two activities are meant to support our final writing paper. By the end of the course, students will be expected to construct a final paper centered around the course reading. This paper will be based around the Jane Shaffer or MLA model of writing consistent with the American Curriculum.

 

Required Reading:

Longman Reader

Grammar Workbook

Snow Flower

Summary of Grading:

10%        Grammar Workbook

10%        Reading Questions

10%        TOEFL Quiz

20%        Homework

10%        Participation

20%        Final Paper

20%        Final Exam

Week 1

TOEFL Vocabulary 1

Longman Reader Unit 1.1

Grammar Workbook 1

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

 

 

Week 2

TOEFL Vocabulary 2

Longman Reader Unit 1.2

Grammar Workbook 2

Snow Flower Ch.1

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 3

TOEFL Vocabulary 3

Longman Reader Unit 1.3

Grammar Workbook 3

Snow Flower Ch.2

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 4

TOEFL Vocabulary 4

Longman Reader Unit 1.4

Grammar Workbook 4

Snow Flower Ch.3

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 5

TOEFL Vocabulary 5

Longman Reader Unit 2.1

Grammar Workbook 5

Snow Flower Ch.4

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

 

Week 6

TOEFL Vocabulary 6

Longman Reader Unit 2.2

Grammar Workbook 6

Snow Flower Ch.5

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

 

Week 7

TOEFL Vocabulary 7

Longman Reader Unit 2.3

Grammar Workbook 7

Snow Flower Ch.6

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

 

Week 8

TOEFL Vocabulary 8

Longman Reader Unit 2.4

Grammar Workbook 8

Snow Flower Ch.7

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 9

TOEFL Vocabulary 9

Longman Reader Unit 3.1

Grammar Workbook 9

Snow Flower Ch.8

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 10

TOEFL Vocabulary 10

Longman Reader 3.2

Grammar Workbook 10

Snow Flower Ch.9

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 11

TOEFL Vocabulary 11

Longman Reader 3.3

Grammar Workbook 11

Snow Flower Ch.10

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

Week 12

TOEFL Vocabulary 12

Longman Reader 3.4

Grammar Workbook 12

Snow Flower Ch.11

 

Homework:

Review TOEFL Vocabulary

Reading Questions

 

 

Week 13

Work on final paper

 

 

Week 14

Work on final paper

 

 

Week 15

Review for Test

 

 

Biology, Units 1-2

Teacher Sam

 

Term 1

 

Week

Objective

Keywords

1
May 8-12
Introduction – Ten Themes in the Study of Life

·         Hierarchies of Organization

·         The Scientific Method

Classification, orders of complexity, scientific method
2 The Chemical Context of Life

·         Chemical Elements and Compounds

Elements, compounds, bonds
3 The Chemical Context of Life

·         Atoms and Molecules

Proton, neutron, electron
4
May 30 – Jun 2
Water and the Environment

·         Water’s Polarity

·         Water Molecule Dissociation

Hydrogen bonds, cohesion, adhesion
5 Carbon and Life

·         The Importance of Carbon

Organic molecules
6 Macromolecules

·         Polymers, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic Acids

7 Metabolism

·         Energy and Life

Glycolysis, ATP, fermentation
8 Metabolism

·         Enzymes

Reaction rates and speeds
9
Jul 4-7
Metabolism

·         Homeostasis and regulation

Localization, regulation
10 Review
11 Midterms
12 The Cell

·         Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes, Nucleus and Ribosomes, Organelles

13
Jul 31-Aug 4
Membrane Structure and Function

·         Membrane Structure

·         Traffic across Membranes

Passive transport, active transport
14 Cellular Respiration

·         Energy Harvesting

ATP, NAD+
15 Photosynthesis

·         Photosynthesis in Nature

·         Photosynthetic Pathways

Sunlight, Sugar, Water, Carbon Dioxide
16 Cell Communication

·         Cell Signaling

·         Cellular Responses to Signals

Signal reception
17
Aug 28-Sep 1
The Cell Cycle

·         Cell Division Roles

·         Mitosis

Phases: pro, meta, ana, telo, cytokinesis
18 Cell Cycle Regulation

·         Chemical Elements and Compounds

19
Sep 11-15
Review
20 Finals

Biology, Units 3-4

 

Term 2

 

21 Meiosis and Life Cycles

·         Reproduction and Heredity

Haploid, diploid
22
Oct 2-6
Gregor Mendel and Genes

·         Early Discoveries

·         Mendelian Inheritance

Gene dominance
23 Chromosomes and DNA

·         Chromosomal Inheritance, Sex Chromosomes

·         DNA discovery, replication and repair

Chromosomal replication, Watson and Crick
24 Microbes: Viruses and Bacteria

·         The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria

25 DNA Technology

·         Cloning and Recombinant DNA

26
Oct 30-Nov 3
The Genetic Basis of Development

·         Gene Expression and Recombinant DNA

GMO plants
27 Review
28 Midterms
29
Nov 20-24
Semester Review/Christmas Activities
30 Christmas Holiday
31
Jan 3-5
Darwinian Theory

·         Charles Darwin: A Historical Context

Speciation, evolution, natural selection
32 Darwinian Theory

·         The Darwinian Revolution

33 Creationism vs Evolutionary Theory
34 Populations

·         Population Genetics, Microevolution

Gene pool, genetic frequency
35
Jan 29-Feb 2
Populations

·         Genetic Variation, Natural Selection

Microevolution vs macroevolution
36 The Origin of Species

·         Species separation, Speciation, Macroevolution

Galapagos islands, Darwin’s finches
37 Phylogyny and Systematics

·         The Fossil Record and Geologic Evidence

Carbon dating
38 Phylogyny and Systematics

·         Taxonomy, Phylogenetic Trees

Carolus Linnaeus
39
Feb 26- Mar 2
Review
40 Finals

 

History of the Humanities

Teacher John

 

Term 1

 

Week

Objective

Keywords

1 What is History?

·         The origins of history

·         Historical methods

Historiography
2 Mesopotamia (short week)

·         Enuma Elish

Myth
3 Mesopotamia

–         The Epic of Gilgamesh

–         Current Events: Baghdad museum

Epics

Current Events

4 Egypt

–         Osirus

–         Hieroglyphics

Myth

Linguistics

5 Egypt

–         King Tut’s tomb

–         Current Events: Arab Spring

Folk Tales

Current Events

6 Israel

–         The Garden of God

–         Joseph and his Brothers

Myth

Legend

 

7 Israel

–         Elijah

–         Current Events: Israeli pop art

Religion

Media

 

8 Greece

–         The Iliad

–         The Odyssey

War

Expedition

9 Greece

–        Thermopoly

–        Current Events: Austerity

History

Media

10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Rome

–         Aeneid

–         Caesar

Propaganda

Drama

13 Rome

–         The Inferno

–         Current Events: Five Star Movement

Poetry

Propaganda

14 Arabia

–        Arabian Nights

–        Arabian Poetry

Literature

Poetry

15 Arabia

–        Current Events: Women’s Rights movement

–        Current Events: Wahabi Propaganda

 

Media
16 China

–         Qin Shi Huang and the 3 assassins

–         Yu the Great

Media

Legend

17 China

-Tang

-Current Events: The Cultural Revolution

Poetry

Media

18 Acting project Body language
19 Review
20 Finals

History of the Humanities

 

Term 2

21 Korea

–        Three Kingdoms

–        Yi Sun Sin

History

Folk Tale

22 Korea

–        Current Events: Korean Music

–        Current Events: Korean Media

Media

Entertainment

23 Thailand

–        King Meng Rai

–        King Naresuan

Drama

History

24 Thailand

–        Current Events: Thai Music

–        Current Events: Thai Art

Media

Entertainment

25 Japan

–        Ainu People

–        Edo Period

Tradition

 

26 –        Japanese Cinema

–        Current Events: Japanese Media

Media
27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Europe-  Christmas Celebrations
30 Christmas Holiday Religion
31 Europe

–        Medieval Arts

–        Shakespeare

Drama
32 Europe

–        Da Vinci

–        Realism

Art
33 Europe

–        The Printing Press

–        Novels

Literature
34 Europe + Asia

–        Telecommunications

–        Television & Cinema

Media
35 World

–        Internet (Information Age)

–        Smart Phones & IEDs

Media
36 World

–        Social Media

–        Media Entrepreneurs

Media
37 Field Trip to local Museum Museums
38 Class reflection & self-assessment Reflection
39 Review
40 Finals

 

Writing

Teacher Matthew

 

Academic Year 2017/2018

 

Below is a list of units that shall be worked on this semester and into next.  Work is taken from a mixture of online resources, course books and some is also self-created. The target is a 50/50 balance of academic writing and creative writing.

 

 

• Free Writing: The first 10 minutes of every class is spent free writing so that by the end of the semester each student has a portfolio of written work that has been graded.  In each class we also work on error correction in some of the written pieces of work.  Students work together to sport errors and correct them.

 

By way of stimulating the students in free writing, writing prompts are given.  These range from pictures, what happened next, and questions that encourage critical thinking.  Sometimes the students’ are also given the opportunity to write whatever they like or a journal entry.

 

Vocabulary: Students’ are taught new words throughout the semester and are then tested on their ability to incorporate the word into a sentence correctly.

 

Formal & Informal letter writing and emails: Correct structure and layout of formal and informal letters.  Structure can be used for emails and/or hand written emails.

 

• Discursive Essay Writing: How to structure and plan a coherent discursive essay.  Students are given a topic for debate.  Pros and cons are discussed and noted down in class.  Students then formulate their own ideas, research facts to back up opinions, and draw a balanced conclusion before highlighting their personal opinion.

 

• Poetry (haikus)

To engage critical and creative thinking based on a set structure.

 

• Error Correction: How we can be mindful of errors in our own work (punctuation, verb tenses, verb usage, word order etc) and spot mistakes quickly in order to help our writing flow.

** Please note that this unit is on-going and usually takes shape at the start of every class based on the previous class’s writing task.  It is part of the larger, overall unit – editing our work.

 

• Correct Punctuation Usage: Full stops, commas, apostrophe, capital letters, question marks, colons, semi-colons, dashes)

– We will look at the various punctuation marks usable in written English, learn some of their rules, and also how to implement them effectively in order to enhance our writing.

 

• Forming simple sentences

– English writing (basic) refresher.  Students will learn and practice again some of the common rules in forming simple sentences.

 

• Writing about your day:

– Past tense and using time expressions

 

• Linking words& essay writing

–          How to effectively use linking words in various writing forms.

–          Linking two ideas together – vocabulary usage

–          Sequence, contrast, examples, endings / conclusions

 

• Speech Marks:

Correctly using speech marks in written English and the rules we must abide by when using them.

 

• Creative Writing: Solo & group work – writing stories, letters, invitations based on various themes and modern ideas.

 

• Summaries & Reviews: To enhance the transition between critical thinking and putting our opinion down on paper in a coherent manner.

 

• Character creation and writing biographies.

 

• Articles& Prepositions: Correctly using definite, indefinite articles, and prepositions in written English.  This unit is focused on refining writing.

 

• The correct use of prepositions in English writing.

 

• Brainstorming ideas prior to writing – diagrams / topic areas / examples – by way of organising thoughts.

 

 

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