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Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Grade 8: the Genre of Horror



The Grade 8 students have started the second quarter with its exploration of the genre of horror. They watched 4 episodes from Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” and then drew lots as to which they will cover for their review essay.

They are required to evaluate the effectiveness of the plot twists of the episodes they watched. To this end, they will map out their ideas in order to formulate a thesis statement. From here, they will outline their ideas and then write their paper.

It is hoped that in this exercise the students will learn to support their ideas objectively.

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Grade 12: The Birth of Language

The Grade 12 Language and Literature HL class began the school year exploring how language is produced and passed on, and how this process morphs the language that we speak, sometimes without our notice. Students explored how events in history gave rise to new words or changed the meanings of words that were already in circulation.

Students were then given the task of creating their own language based on their personal contexts, either individually or in groups, and teach their language to the class. The activity allowed them to experience first-hand the considerations that must be made when thinking about language, such as the ways that it is communicated, the rules of grammar and syntax, and the efficiency of communication.

What was also interesting is how the students interpreted the term “personal context”. The three languages that emerged from the project were MathlishBaby Babble, and Opulente, each with their own purpose.

Mathlish, according to its creators, was created as a supplement to English and used the values of Mathematics to streamline communication as Math is the universal language. 

Baby Babble was created to serve as the secret language of a baby cult, formed for adults who want to escape the stress of adulthood.

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Lastly, Opulente was created for the 1% of society, only to be used in the event of global destruction to aid in their evacuation.

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While the languages all vary, it was interesting to see how all students grappled with dealing with the challenges that arose in not only having to create the languages, but also having to teach them to their peers.

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Grade 10: Celebrating Diversity and Building Empathy

As the Grade 10 class came to the end of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, they were given the chance to explore the very particular characterization of Christopher, the novel’s protagonist, through a creative task. These tasks ranged from figurative portraits of Christopher to police reports in reference to Christopher’s run-ins with the law.

One example is the fictional news article celebrating Christopher’s success that is hinted at at the novel’s end.

Eng Creative Task - Aizec Arboleda Another is a visual representation of one of Christopher’s “crisis moments” that he experiences in the novel. IMG_5789

These varied, creative tasks allowed the students to not only showcase their knowledge and understanding of the novel, but express this knowledge and understanding in a completely different medium from what they have become accustomed to, such as an essay. This presents its own set of benefits to learning while allowing students to choose how they challenge themselves accordingly.

Through these creative tasks, students were also able to internalize how different Christopher is from the average 15 year old, not only in the way that he processes the world, but in the unique situations that he finds himself in. This acceptance of those who we might see as “strange” or “unusual” is something that needs to be emphasized in every area of life.


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IB FIL A: Detalyadong Pagaaral (Detailed Study)

Ang aralin sa ikalawang taon ng IB Fil A ay nakatuon sa detalyadong pagaaral (Detailed Study) ng 3 uri ng akda: maikling kwento, tula, at nobela.

Sa pagbubukas ng panibagong taong panuruan, ang IB Filipino A Literature ay nagbibigay pugay sa isa sa mga makatang bagaman kilala sa kaniyang kapanahunan ay hindi naman gaanong nabigyang-pansin: si Ildefonso Santos (1897-1984).  Sa kanyang koleksyon ng mga tula Sa Tabi ng Dagat (Ateneo University Press), ang pagsusuri ay nakabatay sa mga aparatong pampanitikan (literary apparatus) na ginamit ni Santos upang mas patingkarin ang tema ng kanyang sulatin.

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Isa sa mahalagang paghahanda para sa komentaryo at diskusyon (interactive oral commentary and discussion ) ay ang anotasyon.  Dito’y mas nabibigyan ng tuon ang mga mahahalagang salita at istilo ng awtor upang mas maging madali ang pagsuri ng tema.

Dahil Sa Ganda Mo

Bukod kay Santos, ang unang semestre ay nakalaan sa pagtalakay ng mga maikling kwento ni Genoveva Edroza-Matute at nobelang “Isang Milyong Piso” ni Macario Pineda.

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