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Grade 12 feeling the pressure

Grade 12 feeling the pressure

It was an intense week with some major deadlines for our grade 12 students. Students worked hard to meet their EE deadline (4000 word essay) and their English essay deadline. Additionally, we also reviewed the requirements of paper 1 from last year and learned some...

Grade 9 MYP English

Grade 9 MYP English

After weeks of researching background/contextual information, presenting to classmates and learning some drama related literary terms, this week we started reading the play. It definitely is an interesting experience to read our separate parts from each of our homes...

Some heavy themes in DP. English

Some heavy themes in DP. English

What are the consequences of war? How far have women progressed in their fight for equality with men? What role does politics play in religion? To what extent does religion shape an individual? These are some interesting discussions that grade 12 DP English students...

Sprucing up those presentation skills

Sprucing up those presentation skills

Prior to starting our drama, "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller, grade 9 students spent the week researching some contextual information. For this, we focused on sprucing up our ATL skill of research and presentation. We reviewed how to choose appropriate websites, how to...

Exciting first week!

Exciting first week!

What an exciting week it has been! After weeks of preparation it was nice to finally see our students and interact with them face to face. In MYP English classes we are still focused on learning how to send formal emails to our teachers. Also, we played vocabulary...

Exciting year ahead in English

Exciting year ahead in English

How did I spend my summer, you ask? I have been reading books, watching movies, watching controversial news and debates, watching interesting advertisements, traveling in Oman and taking pictures. And guess what? All of those were part of preparing for the new...

Grade 9 English language acquisition

Grade 9 English language acquisition

We jumped into an exciting new unit: "Men vs. Women - is one gender better than the other?". As one can imagine, this topic elicited passionate discussions. We started by discussing what feminism is and what it isn't. I was impressed with their maturity and...

English classes this week

It was a short but sweet week where we enjoyed getting to know how each of us spent the winter break. Experiences ranged from falling off the ski slopes in Austria to chillaxing at home in Sohar. Grade 12 DP students are jogging their memory on Persepolis to make...

House Competition hots up!

House Competition hots up!

Our students were recently surveyed as to what sort of House Competitions they would like to see put on and football was a very popular option! As a result, today saw the first round of an inter-House mini football tournament, organized by Olly Cooper and Orjuwan in...

Grade 12 DP English Language and Literature

Grade 12 DP English Language and Literature

Persepolis is a graphic novel by Mariane Satrapi, that depicts her childhood and adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution. We are studying the art form of graphic novels and understanding the novel in its cultural and historical context. Having...

Grade 7/8 Language Acquisition

Grade 7/8 Language Acquisition

Students finished their presentations on their explorers. Later, we had heated debate in order to determine the two strongest learner profiles for being a explorer. In the weeks coming up, we are focusing reading comprehension strategies.

Grade 11 DP English

Grade 11 DP English

Students continued acting/reading Act 2 of The Crucible. Also, we reviewed and practiced annotation and analytic writing.

Grade 9 English Language Acquisition

Grade 9 English Language Acquisition

What shapes our identity? How do context and points of view influence and change our identity? These are some inquiry questions we are exploring as we read our novel 'Night', a memoir of a holocaust survivor. After having read the first chapter, and in preparation to...

Grade 12 after IOC

Grade 12 after IOC

Having successfully completed their IOCs last week, grade 12 DP English class worked on reviewing Paper 1 skills this week. Additionally, they have been researching contextual information for their next literary work - 'Persepolis'. I look forward to their...

Grade 12 English survived it!

The grade 12 English class hit the ground running after the week long break. They survived a grueling assessment, Individual Oral Commentary, which tests their ability to think on their feet and express themselves orally by analyzing a pre-studied text. Well done,...

Grade 7/8 language acquisition

Grade 7/8 language acquisition

In the past couple of weeks, our grades 7 and 8 language acquisition students have learned to use similes and adjectives to 'show' rather than 'tell' something. This culminated in a descriptive writing assessment to finish off our unit on food.

Tragedy and the Common Man

Tragedy and the Common Man

Grade 9 have been enraptured by the dramatic twists and turns of Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons,' but all good things come to an end. Having reached a powerful conclusion, the class is now working on the summative assessment task which turns on Miller's exploration of...

Tragedy and the Common Man

Tragedy and the Common Man

Grade 9 have been enraptured by the dramatic twists and turns of Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons,' but all good things come to an end. Having reached a powerful conclusion, the class is now working on the summative assessment task which turns on Miller's exploration of...

DP English Class

DP English Class

Grade 11 class continues to explore the unit on readers, writers, and texts. We studied and analyzed advertisements on 'blood diamonds'. Then, we chose different text types on the topic of blood diamonds and explored how each text type has specific features that sets...

The effects of mass hysteria

The effects of mass hysteria

As we continue with our study of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible', the effects of mass hysteria under theocracy is becoming apparent. What can we do if we lived in a society driven by power, not reason? What can we do in a society where justice is based on a 17...