IB English HL1

Important Links: 

Take the Race assessment by class on Wednesday:  https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html (scroll down, click "I wish to proceed, then find the Race IAT)

IB English HL 1, 2020-2021

Mr. J. Tyler Baas

tbaas@portageps.org    323-5312 (classroom phone)

IB English HL 1 is a challenging course that moves at a quick pace and requires significant homework and class participation. This is an elective course for students who are serious about their learning. 

Official IB Assessment

  • IOC - Interactive Oral Commentary (in spring)

Literature Choices

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (ISBN: 10-1-59308-128-6, Barnes and Noble Classics)

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (ISBN: 978-0-446-31078-9)

  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Translation by Gregory Rabassa, ISBN: 978-1-4000-3471-0)

  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (ISBN: 978-0-449-00561-3)

  • The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt  (Translation by Joel Agee, ISBN: 978-0-8021-4426-3)

  • selected short stories by Leo Tolstoy

*All books/readings are provided by the school. If you plan to purchase your own copies of these books, you MUST use the same editions/ISBN numbers as what we are utilizing in class. 

Supplies Needed

  • Chromebook

  • Notebook for notes 

Course Policies

  • Assignments are due on the due date. Students cannot earn credit beyond the due date. This applies to papers, presentations, and homework. Work will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on the day it’s due.

  • If a student incurs an unexpected absence on the day a major paper or speech is due, a parent/guardian must contact the teacher before class. Contact information is listed at the top of this page.

  • If a student incurs a planned absence on the day a major paper or speech is due, the student must turn in the paper or complete the speech prior to the absence.

  • There is no extra credit available.

  • Grades will be weighted as follows:

    • Assessments (writings, speeches, reading quizzes) = 70%

    • Engagement (homework, in-class or group work) = 30%

  • Regarding typed essays and assignments: If there are printer problems at home, students should get to school early to print it off in the library (we’ll do online submissions only during online learning).

  • (Once/If we return to in-person) All typed writing assignments must be submitted to turnitin.com before receiving credit. A student will receive a 10-point deduction on an essay if the writing has not been submitted to turnitin.com by the time I grade and enter the paper into the grade book.

  • Evidence of plagiarism in any form will result in loss of credit for the assignment. Also, per IB policy, students who plagiarize on an official IB assessment cannot sit for the IB examination in that subject at the end of their senior year. 

  • For the school’s policy on plagiarism and cheating, see the information outlined in your planner. 

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) are familiar with these class policies. 

Classroom Policies

  1. Please be logged into our class session when the hour begins. The beginning of class is where we will be together in discussion each day.

  2. Please be courteous and thoughtful of everyone during each class hour.

  3. Have everything you need with you each day: Chromebook (fully charged or plugged in), notebook, etc.

  4. A rough summary/calendar of what we are working on each day can be found at http://tbaas.site.portageps.org/english-11-1. Homework should be turned in when prompted on Google classroom.

  5. All papers must be typed. Hand-written assignments (in-class and homework) should be in blue or black ink or dark pencil. If your handwriting is illegible, I will ask you to type it and print it; you know who you are and what works for you.

  6. Cell phones: Turn the sound off and tuck them away as soon as the class begins. Especially in this time of online learning, you will be tempted to get distracted by your phones; resist the temptation and fully engage while we are together. I can and will still write up office referrals if you are obviously on your phone during our class.

  7. Stay engaged throughout the hour. Most days you will not be with me for a full 45 minutes of class, so be on your game when you are in class.

  8. Food and drinks in the classroom are great, we just don’t want a front row seat to you chewing, so be mindful of not making food during class and class-appropriate snack options.

  9. I want you to have a great year in IB English! I am here to help you in whatever way I can. Please don’t hesitate to ask for a meeting before or after school or on Friday mornings. Together we can make your year a success.

  10. When emailing me, use proper etiquette (not informal language) and make kind requests, not demands. Together we will get much further that way! See below.


Hey, i need to talk to you about Friday’s test. Can I come by Tues? Thx Jane


Hello, Mr. Baas,

I have some questions about Friday’s test. Can we talk about it after school on Tuesday?

Thank you,


*Remember to follow-up by checking your email for my response.