• Syllabus for Freshman English

    School Year 2018-2019

    Saddleback High School


    Sandra Corr, Instructor

    Contact Information:

    Email: Sandra.corr@sausd.us

    Phone # 714.569.6300 Rm. 219


    In this year-long course, students will:

    • Learn to write their authentic thoughts and feelings and thereby find their voices by writing daily.
    • Discover a genuine love of literature by reading great literature and thinking/speaking/writing critically about it.
    • Grow incrementally in skill from where they begin.
    • Learn to trust their own paths.
    • Develop intellectual curiosity.

    Materials:  Students have composition books that they keep in the classroom or can take home at will; they need pens and paper for writing, (Chromebooks, and highlighters periodically).

    Literature:       House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

                            Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

                            To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

                            The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

                             Various Short Stories, Poems and Films

    Students will be taught using the IB method of Inquiry-based instruction and using texts, media and Study Sync Grade 9 English Language Development.


    Scale:                                             Weighted Grading Scale:

    A: 100-90%                                     Writing: 50%

    B: 89-80%                                       Assessments: 30%                 

    C: 79-70%                                       Study Sync Assignments: 10%

    D: 69-60%                                       Verbal Participation: 10%

    F: 59% and below


    Plagiarism/Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is expected on all assignments. Plagiarism is defined as presenting another’s work as one’s own. Cheating on an assignment or assessment is an activity that violates ethics and school rules. Any work that exhibits cheating/plagiarism will result in the notification of the student’s parent/guardian.



    Course Syllabus for IB DANCE SL


    SL students will compose one solo that they will perform and another solo or duet that will be performed by others.

    Composition and analysis
    The development of the creative aspect of making dances
    Composing original work 

    World dance studies
    The development of a comparative knowledge of several dance styles from more
    than one culture and/or tradition
    • Exploring dances, gaining both a physical and theoretical understanding
    • Individual investigation

    The development of an understanding of and facility in performing dances
    • Movement skills appropriate to the dancer’s performance
    • Clarity in relationship to space, time, dynamics and movement qualities
    appropriate to the work
    • Communicative expression in relation to other performers and to the

    The requirements of the Diploma Programme (DP) dance course are such that students 
    will need to work with other dance students. Although it is not mandatory that these students are following
    the DP dance course, these students must be from the DP dance students’ school.


    External Assessment --40% -- Composition and Analysis 
    Two dance works composed by the student; total presentation of 6–10 minutes,
    submitted on DVD (15 marks). 
    An analytical statement of no more than 800 words, documenting and reflecting upon
    the processes of composition and analysis of one of the dances (5 marks) 40%

    External Assessment --20%--Dance Investigation 
    A formal written report, no more than 1,500 words, analysing the similarities and
    differences between two dance styles drawn from different dance cultures and/or
    traditions, one of which is familiar to the student and one unfamiliar (20 marks) 

    Internal Assessment -- 40% -- Performance
    This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the
    IB at the end of the course.

    One or two dances (solo/duet/group but at least one must be a solo or a duet) in any
    style or styles, performed by the student to show proficiency and expressive ability
    appropriate to the dance, presented at an open showing; total presentation of 3–6
    minutes, submitted on DVD (20 marks)
    Short programme notes (2 marks)



    IB Common Rubric










    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Content
    • Concepts
    • Terminology

    Limited knowledge and understanding

    Partial knowledge

    and understanding

    Basic knowledge

    and understanding

    Adequate knowledge

    and understanding

    Solid knowledge

    and understanding

    Comprehensive knowledge

    and understanding

    Exceptional knowledge

    and understanding

    Critical Analysis

    • Evaluation
    • Investigation
    • Application

    No evidence of analysis

    Limited evidence of analysis

    Evidence of emerging analysis

    Evidence of competent analysis

    Evidence of sound analysis

    Evidence of thorough analysis

    Substantial evidence of in-depth analysis


    • Interpretation
    • Extension
    • Reflection

    Lack of evidence of engagement

    Minimal evidence of engagement

    Inadequate evidence of engagement

    Acceptable evidence of engagement

    Effective evidence of engagement

    Evidence of highly-developed engagement

    Evidence of superior engagement


    • Expression
    • Organization
    • Presentation

    Poorly expressed

    Rudimentary  expression of ideas

    Some appropriate expression

    Satisfactory range of expression

    Coherent and clear expression of ideas

    Fluent expression of ideas

    Rich and varied expression of ideas

Last Modified on March 2, 2019