Course Descriptions - English

ENGLISH 8 – FRENCH IMMERSION (MEN--8---FI)

The aim of this course is to develop students' written and oral communication skills and to investigate a variety of literary genres in literature.  The course will focus on developing critical thinking skills through enjoying, understanding, and responding creatively to literature and media. Students will continue to develop writing skills in a variety of forms and for varied  audiences and purposes. These skills are taught together with learning strategies that will enable students to become stronger readers and writers. 

 

HUMANITIES 8 (MSS-08)

Humanities 8 combines the naturally complementary fields of Social Studies and English, as there are many skills and processes common to both curricula.  The course focuses on the connections between history (from 7CE-1750CE), geography, and current events. These discussions will be linked to the study of literature and English skills and strategies: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  The integration of these subjects will allow students to understand that academic skills are transferable. This interdisciplinary approach will allow students to expand their knowledge of the world, broaden their skills and perspectives, and encourage students to become informed and educated citizens.

 

ENGLISH 9 (MEN--09)

Prerequisite:  English 8   

The goal of English 9 is to expose students to a variety of media, while cultivating comprehension, connection, and expression skills. Assignments will help students to  appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts reflect different purposes, audiences, and messageswhile building an understanding of “the diversity amongst First Peoples societies represented in text. 

 

ENGLISH 10

Prerequisite: English 9

Instead of the previously offered 4 credit, year-long course, English 10 will now be divided into two 2-credit options. Students may then choose to explore one of these options more fully in the following year in Grade 11.  Given the constraints of scheduling in a linear system, there will be two combinations of options offered. Please note that although each option has a different focus, both course will focus on the core English Language Art curricular competencies: reading, listening, viewing, writing, speaking and representing. Students must choose one of the following options:

 

Option 1: New Media and Writing & Composition (MNMD10 & MCMPS10)

Recognizing that digital literacy is an essential characteristic of the educated citizen,the New Media component of the course is designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. Coursework is aimed at providing students with opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a variety of digital and print media.The focus of the course is on writing forms and processes. 

 

The following are possible areas of focus within New Media and Writing 10:

  • Media Studies - globalization of media, influence of media, social media
  • Digital Communication - blogging, web articles, podcasting
  • Writing - essays, poetry, short stories, drama, screenplay
  • Strategies & Processes - writing, oral, reading, metacognitive, design

 

Option 2: New Media and Literary Studies (MNMD10 & MLTST10)

The ability to understand and critique ideas presented in a variety of forms is essential in our multi-media world. From published works, such as novels and poetry, to the world of online blogs and video content, understanding the structures of our communication is a vital skill. This course option will allow students to explore literature and text to deepen both their analytical skills and their ability to inhabit different perspectives. Coursework is aimed at providing students with skills vital for success in our complex literary and digital world by affording opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of and communicate their ideas through a variety of print and digital media. The focus of the course is on analyzing and reading various forms of text. 

The following are possible topics within New Media and Literary Studies 10:

  • Media Studies - globalization of media, influence of media, social media
  • Digital Communication - blogging, web articles, podcasting
  • Forms & Genres - novels, poetry, short stories, drama, memoirs, journalism, graphic novels, Canadian literature, First Peoples’ texts
  • Strategies & Processes - writing, oral, reading, metacognitive, design

 

ENGLISH 11

English 11 is now divided into specified areas of study.  Please note that although each option has a different focus, all courses will focus on the core English Language Art curricular competencies: reading, listening, viewing, writing, speaking and representing. All English 11 course offerings aim to improve students’ understanding of the purposes of language in a wide variety of contexts.  Students will work intensively with various forms of written, spoken, and visual communication: think critically, creatively, and reflectively. In all areas of study,  there is a greater emphasis on more formal levels of analysis and written communication, including significantly higher expectations in various forms of writing. 

Students must choose one of the following options:

 

ENGLISH 11: LITERARY STUDIES (MLTST11)

Prerequisite:  English 10

Literary Studies 11 allows students to delve deeply into literature. Students will explore a variety of themes and authors through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) including novels, poetry, short stories, plays, and articles. Students will deepen both their analytical skills and their ability to inhabit different perspectives. Coursework is aimed at providing students with skills vital for success in our complex literary world while using the writing process to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful responses and analysis.  Students will:

  • increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts
  • enhance their development of the English Language Arts curricular competencies, both expressive and receptive
  • expand their development as educated global citizens
  • develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world
  • further develop higher-level thinking and learning skills

 

ENGLISH 11: CREATIVE WRITING AND COMPOSITION (MCTWR11)

Prerequisite:  English 10

Creative Writing and Composition 11 is designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication through practice and revision. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. They will build a body of work that demonstrates expanding breadth, depth, and evidence of writing for a range of situations. They will develop confidence in their abilities as they consolidate their writing craft.

The following are possible areas of focus within Creative Writing & Composition 11:

  • narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces
  • planning, drafting, and editing processes
  • writing for specific audiences and specific disciplines
  • how to cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source

 

ENGLISH 11: NEW MEDIA (MNMD-11)

Prerequisite:  English 10

New Media 11 is a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas. This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility to develop an intensive program of study centered on students’ interests, needs, and abilities, while at the same time allowing for a range of local delivery methods. New Media 11 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. The Grade 11 course extends the depth and breadth of topics and activities offered in New Media 10.

 

ENGLISH 11 LITERARY STUDIES HONOURS (MLTST11---H)

ENGLISH 12 Advanced Placement 12 (AELC12)

Do you have a passion for English? Do you enjoy reading and writing? Do you love to discuss challenging ideas and abstract concepts? Do you enjoy rhetorical questions? This program is for you! AP Literature and Composition is a course that goes beyond the concepts and ideas of regular senior English. It is a two-year program which follows the College Board Advanced Placement criteria and, upon the successful completion of the AP English Literature and Composition exam, is the equivalent of a first-year post-secondary English course.

In this program, students will study works of recognized literary merit and will use these studies as the basis for a variety of writing and oral assignments, including essays, critiques, debates and discussions. The emphasis is on literary analysis, critical thinking and reasoned, well-developed expression. There is also a heavy emphasis on thoughtful and articulate discussion. Supplementary activities may include theatre and gallery visits. Due to the nature of this course, the number of sections will be limited.

The program includes the following two courses:

  • English 11 Honours (EN 11H) in place of English 11 - Prerequisite: English 10 (recommended B standing or higher)
  • English 12 - AP Literature and Composition (AELC12) in place of English 12 - Prerequisite: Completion of EN 11H or, space permitting, a recommended B standing or higher in English 11.

Registration in this course provides credit for both English 12 and AP Literature and Composition.

Currently, there is a Provincial Exam in English 12 that counts for 40% of students’ final mark. The government is in the process of changing the exam requirement to a Grade 12 Graduation Literacy Assessment, however at this time it is not clear what will be will required of graduates in June 2020.

 

In order to receive AP credit for university students will also be expected to write the AP Exam in English Literature and Composition, a three-hour exam that gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of interpretive reading and writing skills. See AP section of program planning.  

 

ENGLISH STUDIES 12 (MENST--12)

Prerequisite:  English 11 or Comm 11*

English Studies 12 is the final year of the graduation component of the Provincial Language Arts curriculum, and is a required course for graduation. English 12 focuses on the expressive and functional purposes of language in a wide variety of contexts.  This course provides students with the opportunity to study literary and informational communication. Language is dynamic and evolving, but also systematic and governed by rules; instruction of skills will embrace both of these aspects of language. As in all segments of the Language Arts program, students are encouraged to explore personal interests and aptitudes through a variety of reading, writing, and viewing activities.  There is a continuing emphasis on critical thinking and writing skills.

Currently, there is a Provincial Exam in English 12 that counts for 40% of students’ final mark. The government is in the process of changing the exam requirement to a Grade 12 Graduation Literacy Assessment, however at this time it is not clear what will be will required of graduates in June 2020.

 

LITERARY STUDIES 12 (MLTST12)

Love! Death! Joy! Faith! Doubt! The creator of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, proclaims that “We read to know that we are not alone.”

Literary Studies 12 takes students through major works of English Literature and may focus on genre or theme depending on the year.  The study of literature provides a solid and thoughtful foundation for all further studies in the Humanities, while also giving us a framework to discuss the themes that are common to all human life.  This class includes critical analysis, creative writing and a great deal of discussion. Each year students discover that, as Wodehouse says, “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”

Please note that this course is an elective and does not replace the English Studies 12 graduation requirement.

 

CREATIVE WRITING 12 (MCTWR12)

Have you always wished to write a novel? Do you scribble poems in your free time?  Do you have dreams of being a journalist or blogger?  Have you fantasized about selling a script in Hollywood?  Creative Writing 12 will strengthen the writing you wish to do in a flexible delivery format.  This course is both a survey and independent directed study. If you want to focus on one type of writing, you may do so in this course.  If you wish to explore many types of writing from short fiction and journalism to memoirs and poetry, this course could introduce you to all of this.  Depending on course enrollment this course may run in collaboration with Richmond Virtual School and takes place after regular school hours in a semestered system.  The primary focus is on creative experimentation within a variety of styles and through the genres of short fiction, poetry, autobiography, children’s fiction, travel literature and journalism.  Students will explore both themselves and their world through the creative process of writing and the thrill of publication. Enjoyment, appreciation, sharing, and imagination are the key elements of this course.

Please note that this course is an elective and does not replace the English Studies 12 graduation requirement.

 

CREATIVE WRITING 12  ONLINE (MCTWR12---RVS)

See description above for curriculum.  This blended online course runs outside the regular McMath schedule in one semester with a mandatory once a week after regular school hours.  In lieu of a regularly scheduled class, students will get a study block to do their writing. The blended online course allows for flexibility with field trips.