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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. All students will be asked to purchase a Language Power workbook which will be used (in grade 8 and 9) to understand, develop, and practice vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar concepts.

 

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 to student to understand that academic skills are transferable.  The inter-disciplinary 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 promote "personal growth through introspection and reflection."  Students will further develop written and oral communication skills and experience a variety of genres in literature and non-fiction reading. These skills are taught together with meta-cognitive strategies that will enable students to become stronger readers and writers. Reading and writing assignments will help students to appreciate "the universality of some human experiences and the uniqueness of others" and to emphasize other points of view.  Clarity in oral and written expression is emphasized.

 

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. 

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 Composition (MNMD10 & MCMPS10)

The ability to clearly communicate our thoughts and beliefs is an integral component of our personal, social and political experience. 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, recognizing 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 opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a variety of digital and print media.   Through the processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising, this course option also focuses on developing writing skills. Students will deepen curricular competencies through exposure to various structures, forms, and styles of written. 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. 

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

  • Media and film studies (globalization of the media industry, influence of media on users’ perceptions, the rise of social media 
  • Digital communication—suggested content/topics include blogging, writing for the web, writing for social media, gaming, and podcasting 
  • narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces
  • planning, drafting, and editing processes
  • writing for specific audiences and specific disciplines
  • analyzing and citing sources

 

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, through the traditional forms of media, 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. If you would like to improve your reading and analysis skills and investigate the digital world of new media, this is the course for you.

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

  • genre-specific studies — poetry, short stories, novels, drama, graphic novels, children’s literature Canadian literature, and First Peoples’ texts, etc.
  • thematic and/or specific author studies
  • narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces
  • planning, drafting, and editing processes
  • writing for specific audiences and specific disciplines
  • analyzing and citing sources
  • Media and film studies (globalization of the media industry, influence of media on users’ perceptions), the rise of social media 
  • Digital communication—suggested content/topics include blogging, writing for the web, writing for social media, gaming, and podcasting 

 

 

ENGLISH 11

Instead of the previously offered 4 credit, year-long course, English 11 will now be divided into specified areas of study in grade 11.  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, editing, speaking and representing. All English 11 course offerings aim to improve students understanding of the expressive and functional 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; and develop positive and productive attitudes toward the learning and application of language. In English 11 there is a greater emphasis on more formal levels of analysis and written communication, including significantly higher expectations in various forms of writing.  Students are expected to work more independently in the graduation program, and to experiment with more sophisticated and complex uses of language.

**Please note that all English 11 courses have the express purpose of preparing students for English Studies 12, and none of the following courses should be considered easier than any other in terms of academic rigor, or expectations for analysis and essay 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 appreciate 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 
  • develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world 
  • further develop higher-level thinking and learning skills 

The following are other areas of focus within Literary Studies 11: 

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

 

 

ENGLISH 11: COMPOSITION AND CREATIVE WRITING (MCTWR11)

Prerequisite:  English 10

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; this study will involve analysis and academic compositions. The course also provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, and write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences. They will expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to 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 areas will be explored under Composition and Creative Writing 11: 

~narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces
~planning, drafting, and editing processes
~writing for, and analyzing written pieces for, specific audiences and specific disciplines
~citing sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source 

 

 

ENGLISH 11: NEW MEDIA AND COMPOSITION(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. The Grade 11 course extends the depth and breadth of topics and activities offered in New Media 10. The course also provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, and write original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences. They will expand their competencies through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to 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 areas will be explored in the New Media and Composition course: 

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

 

 

ENGLISH  STUDIES 12 (MENST--12)

Prerequisite:  English 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 Studies 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 non-fiction texts.  The course promotes the notion that language is dynamic and evolving, but also systematic and governed by rules; instruction of skills embraces 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.

 

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 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, well-reasoned 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.

 

Students will also be expected to write the AP 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.

 

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.”

Literature 12 takes students through the major works of English Literature, from the Anglo Saxon warrior epics, through the glory of Renaissance poetry and plays, to the modernist search for meaning and purpose.

The study of such 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.”

Open to Grade 11 and 12 students. Grade 11 students should be aware that this is a senior elective with Grade 12 curriculum learning outcomes and expectations. This course is accepted at most colleges and universities as an academic credit suitable for post-secondary entrance.

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING 12  ONLINE (MCTWR12---RVS)

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?  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 will 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 is a semester based course (September to January) that has meetings on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30.

This course is accepted at some colleges and universities as a credit suitable for some programs.  Check with your counsellor for details.