Language & Literature

About Ms. Bogart 

My name is Stephanie Bogart, and I teach MYP Level 3 Language and Literature. I am a Colorado native, and I enjoy reading and writing (I’m sure you’re shocked), doing arts and crafts, working in my garden, and playing with my dogs. I am deeply passionate about teaching the importance of critical thinking, working collaboratively, and discovering the magic of language. While I am a language and literature teacher and true book worm, I also have academic roots in cultural anthropology and like to explore different cultures whenever it is relevant. I have a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and this is my fourth year teaching. Looking forward to getting to know everyone this year!



Class Rules

1.       Have RESPECT for yourself, your classmates, the teacher, and the school

2.       Be MINDFUL of your environment and actions. This is a professional space.

3.       Try your best, work hard, and have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. You are responsible for your own learning, so PARTICIPATE

4.       BE PREPARED, think ahead, listen!

5.       Use technology wisely (phones stay out of class, computers on task)

6.       Clean up trash, belongings, and furniture


Class Routines & Expectations

·         Entering the class every day means leaving conversation in the hall, sitting quietly and preparing your materials, and making sure your backpacks/belongings are tucked away under your table.

·         10 Minutes of Zen: almost every day, we spend the first 10 minutes of class reading or doing a writing prompt. Come in quietly prepared to read or write; you should have a Personal Choice Book (PCB) with you every day.

·         Computers: we use technology quite a bit. Connect to Ms. Bogart’s Google Classroom, and know your task. Misuse of technology results in loss of technology privileges in the classroom and school disciplinary action. Google Classroom code:__________________

·         Finishing work early: Read (PCB, class readings), catch up on class work/homework, free-write, ask Ms. Bogart for something to do

·         Sharing your work: If you have creative writing, book reviews, book related art projects, etc… come talk to me so we can find a place to display it in the classroom!

·         If you are absent: Check Google Classroom, the classroom calendar, the Absent Binder, and a classmate

·         Class library: Ms. Bogart’s classroom library is made up of her own books, some of which can’t be found in the school library because they are Young Adult and can contain PG-13 material. These books can be checked out by having your guardian sign a permission slip book mark, but the books must remain in the classroom.


Required Materials

o           3 Ring Binder with paper and dividers

o           Folder

o           Utensils (pencils, pens, colored pencils, etc…)

o           Personal Choice Book (PCB)

o           I am Malala



§          Formative assessments: these are required class work/homework activities designed for subject practice. Sometimes they go in the gradebook and sometimes they are your ticket to turning in a summative assignment.

§          Summative assessments: these are assignments designed for you to demonstrate your final understanding of our subject material and are graded on the four IB criteria: Analysing, Organizing, Producing Text, and Using Language.




Student exceeds expectations


Student meets grade level expectations of assessment


Student is showing growth towards grade level expectations


Student is beginning to show grade level expectations


Assessment produced did not meet requirements


        Grading: Different assignments are graded on specific criteria specified with that assessment, but all assessments follow the basic breakdown on the right. Grades are a measurement of your academic growth and not a judgment of you as a person  

§          Late work policy: Assignments have specific due dates. There is a 3 day grace period to turn assignments in after their due date, but late assignments will not receive more than a 5-6 grade. After the grace period, it is SOMETIMES possible to turn a completed assignment in for 50% credit. If you are absent, you may receive an extension, but you are responsible for negotiating that with Ms. Bogart within a week of your absence.

§          Plagiarism/cheating: Cheating is not tolerated and will result in an automatic zero on an assignment. Repeat and serious cases of cheating may be subject to school and district level consequences.




Language & Literature Unit Overview

·         Unit 1: Memoir (7 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Author perspective of personal histories and experiences can create an impact on an audience such as building empathy

o   Overall unit objectives: Analyze a central idea within a personal narrative, identify audience, analyze voice and tone, recognize how text structure contributes to meaningful impact, use narrative elements (such as transitions, dialogue, descriptive details, etc…) to convey personal experience

o   Guiding Text: I am Malala, assorted memoir excerpts


·         Unit 2: Short Stories, Compare/Contrast (6 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Authors from different times, places, and cultures use stories to explore universal qualities of the human experience

o   Overall unit objectives: Analyze a narrative’s theme, recognize types of POV, analyze how narrative details contribute towards purpose, compare/contrast narrative elements through analysis and writing

o   Guiding Text: selection of short stories


·         Unit 3: Novel, Argument (9 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Effective communication (i.e. communication that achieves its intended purpose) is dependent on a speaker/author’s attributes, awareness of the time and place, and other contextual elements

o   Overall unit objectives: recognize and use rhetorical techniques, employ written organizational structure, recognize logical fallacies, identify/use figurative language techniques, analyze elements of character, analyze traditional elements in a modern work of fiction, independently sustain a collaborative discussion

o   Guiding Text: The Book Thief


·         Unit 4: Non-fiction, Research (7 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: When communication is purposeful and structured, it can contribute towards fairness and development both locally and globally

o   Overall unit objectives: using credible sources, citing outside information, conduct research, analyze the effectiveness of information format, use technology to publish information

o   Guiding Text: The Last Lecture


·         Unit 5: Spoken Word (5 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Creativity is the key to producing style that conveys human experience through expression

o   Overall unit objectives: effective word choice, audience impact, purposeful structure, meaningful presentation

o   Guiding Text: Bronx Masquerade, various speeches