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 fifth year teaching. Looking forward to getting to know everyone this year!

Contact Information


Parent View Google Classroom Code: k6g662t

Remind: @sbogart

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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

·         Every day class begins with students lining up in the hall. Once students are welcomed into the room, they will find their assigned seat and prepare their notebook for the day by writing the class objective and inquiry question.

·         10 Minutes of Zen: almost every day, we spend the first 10 minutes of class reading or doing a writing prompt for mindfulness. Students should have a Personal Choice Book (PCB) every day.

·         Computers: we use technology quite a bit. Connect to Ms. Bogart’s Google Classroom, and know your task; many class assignments, notes, and general announcements can be found here. 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), or check with 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, and a classmate before asking Ms. Bogart. Students are responsible for finding out what they missed and making it up within assignment make-up time period (as established in the school absence policy).

·         Class library: Ms. Bogart’s classroom library is made up of many 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 a guardian sign a permission slip bookmark, but the books must remain in the classroom. Losing these books will result in a charge to IC.

Required Materials

o   Class notebook

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 practice.This practice is where students receive feedback on their skills and are necessary for Ms. Bogart to collect progress data. Sometimes they go in the gradebook and sometimes they are students’ ticket to turning in a summative assignment.

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




Student exceeds expectations with in-depth understanding


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 IB criteria specified with that assessment, but all assessments follow the basic breakdown above. Copies of the Language & Literature IB criteria rubrics can be found on the CIMS website. Grades are a measurement of a student’s academic growth and not a judgment of that individual 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 (at teacher’s discretion), but late assignments will not receive more than a 5-6 grade on the rubric. After the grace period, it is SOMETIMES possible to turn a completed assignment in for 50% credit. If a student is absent, they receive an extension according to the number of days missed (see the CIMS school policy), but students are responsible for finding out what they missed and making arrangements with their teacher.

§ 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 (8 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Different perspectives and social histories change one's understanding of cause and effect.

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

  • This unit is completed in tandem with Individuals & Societies to examine the lives and experiences of different social groups during the era of the American Revolution.

o   Guiding Text: I am Malala, assorted memoir excerpts

·         Unit 2: Short Stories, Compare/Contrast (7 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Analyzing intertextual themes highlights connections between qualities of human nature that transcend social/cultural differences.

o   Overall unit objectives: Analyze a narrative’s theme, recognize types of POV, analyze how narrative details contribute to 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: Logical communication achieves desired audience imperatives by employing purposeful rhetorical style through analysis and argument.

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:

·         Unit 4: Nonfiction, Research (7 weeks)

o   IB Inquiry Statement: Successful communication is achieved through a clear purpose and supported by meaningful structure in order to broaden awareness of human capability.

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 by Randy Pausch

·         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 and poems