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English Language Arts (10-12)

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Math (10-12) * Sciences (10-12) * English (10-12) * Social Studies (10-12)
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Electives (10-12: Arts Education/Applied Design, Skills & Technologies)

From Shakespeare to Poetry, Contemporary Fiction to Graphic Novels–students are required to take 4 credits of English Language Arts in Grade 10, 11 and 12.  Students may also choose to take additional ELA courses as electives in Grade 11 and 12, such as New Media, Creative Writing and more.

Grade 10:
English 10 will consist of 2 combined courses which are two credits each. Both of these courses will be blended, taught, and graded by the same teacher. This year students will select one of two options for English 10.

**All students in all sections will continue to cover traditional essay and paragraph writing, creative writing, poetry, and reading various types of literature, but will have an additional area of focus either by term, or inclusive throughout the year.

English 10 Option 1: New Media 10/ Literary Studies 10 
English 10 Option 2: Spoken Language 10/Composition 10

New Media/Literary Studies: is designed for students interested in literature in general and will allow students greater depth in exploring writing from a variety of sources. Studies may include plays, Canadian Lit, novels, poems, short stories, and more. Classes may also focus on a particular author, theme, or time period of study. The New Media component is designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society by recognizing the importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. Possible areas of study will include media and film studies (globalization of the media industry, influence, perceptions, and documentaries), journalism and publishing, poetry and song lyrics, and digital communication (blogs, web writing, podcasts etc).

Spoken Language/Composition: Students will engage in READING, Watching, WRITING, Presenting, SPEAKING, LISTENING to a variety of literature with the focus on improving our spoken language skills. Students explore Lyrical Language (poems, spoken word, story-telling, songs), multimedia and social media world, book talks on issues or topics of interest to the students. In addition, we will study plays and a selection of speeches, movies and videos.

Grade 11:

English 11 is now streamed.  Students are required to choose at least one of the following, but may choose to take more than one as additional electives (AND can take in Grade 12)

Creative Writing 11 is designed for students who are interested in developing confidence and refining their writing skills through self-expression for various creative purposes. We will be reading, writing, talking and listening to a variety of genres with the focus on improving our creative writing skills. We will use the creative writing process to explore a variety of types of writing.  It is a survey course, meaning students will try to develop their skills in a variety of genres and styles using the creative writing process.  Possible areas of focus include:  short fiction, poetry, children’s literature, graphic novels, drama/script writing, creative non-fiction, reviews and memoir.

Literary Studies 11

Take a closer look at various famous writers and the genre of literature that made them famous. This course will look at a variety of literature ranging from novels (fiction and non-fiction), short stories, poetry and possibly one play.   Students will explore famous authors’ works, discuss and appreciate their skills and talents, what they bring to the writing community and how these literary works influence and impact our current society. Have you ever wondered why some books are banned? Why some authors are labelled as rebellious and discuss the reasons for the censorship of their books. This course will encompass all of the above while developing writing skills including essays, paragraphs, and creative writing.

New Media 11

New Media 11/12 is a course designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas.  Instead of using traditional novels and Shakespeare plays, this course seeks to use more modern forms of media to take a look at issues that are affecting today’s generation of youth.  Through a study of film, online videos, journal articles, TED talks, and a variety of examples of social media, the students in New Media 11/12 will explore modern issues such as cyberbullying, general stereotypes, media bias, environmental issues and an overall umbrella of how to find a sense of self in the modern technological age. This course may also have an area of focus on the graphic novel as literature.

Grade 12 (REQUIRED):

English Studies 12 (required) or English 12 Honours/Enriched*

The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous learning experiences in ELA and EFP 10 and 11 courses and continues to work with students to:

  • refine their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to achieve their personal and career goals
    • think critically and creatively about the uses of language
    • explore texts from a variety of sources, in multiple modes, and that reflect diverse worldviews
    • deepen their understanding of themselves and others in a changing world
    • gain insight into the diverse factors that shape identity
    • appreciate the importance of self-representation through text
    • contribute to Reconciliation by building greater understanding of the knowledge and perspectives of First Peoples
    • expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens

Enriched English Studies 12 will cover not only the English 12 curriculum, but will also focus on resources that challenge students to think analytically and critically. Students will be reading and responding to literature in a variety of forms including research essays, literary essays, and critical analysis to further prepare students who may be preparing for post secondary studies. Students who have a strong work ethic and interest in the Humanities should take this course.

Recommended prerequisite is a B or higher in English 11.


Grade 12 English ELECTIVES:

Creative Writing 12 is designed for students who are interested in creating a body of work reflective of a sophisticated breadth and depth of skill. The course provides students with opportunities to specialize and publish in real-world contexts.  Within a supportive community, students will collaborate and develop their skills through writing and design processes. Students will refine their ability to write in complex, controlled styles with effectiveness and impact. The following are possible areas of focus within Creative Writing 12: fiction, poetry, drama/script writing, creative non-fiction, and memoir.

New Media 12 recognizes that digital literacy is an essential characteristic of the educated citizen. Coursework is aimed at providing students with a set of skills vital for success in an increasingly complex digital world by affording numerous opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas through a wide variety of digital and print media. Compared with New Media 11, New Media 12 features tasks and texts of greater complexity and sophistication. As well, the Grade 12 course extends the depth and breadth of topics and activities offered in New Media 11.

The following are possible focus areas in New Media 12:

  • media and film studies – suggested content/topics include the globalization of the media industry, influence of media on users’ perceptions, documentaries in the age of digital media
  • journalism and publishing – suggested content/topics include the changing roles and structures within news organizations; risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with professional journalism
  • digital communication – suggested content/topics include blogging, writing for the web, writing for social media, gaming, podcasting