English 30-2

Ms. Cartwright | Fall 2021

Room: 2012

📞(403) 948-3800 | 📧bcartwright@rockyview.ab.ca |

Course Overview

English Language Arts immerses students in the study of language and literature, developing and expanding upon the fundamental reading, writing, and language skills that students have studied previously. Through ELA, students will continue to study and apply the knowledge and skills that will allow them to be successful in this course and beyond.

The time designated to any one unit may vary, depending on the number and type of skills and activities to be integrated into that theme. However, in any one genre, the six essential strands: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, & representing will be used to complete the following :

Course Objectives

  • To develop an ability to communicate with increasing maturity, logic, and clarity in both written and verbal forms.

  • To increase the ability to listen, speak, view, read, write, and represent in a logical, coherent, and clearly defined manner.

  • To relate literary experiences (and other mediums) to own personal experience and to broaden knowledge of own cultural heritage through the enjoyment of literature; to respond personally to a variety of texts.

  • To develop the ability to make informed critical responses to literature (and other mediums) through understanding and appreciation of form, structure, and style.

  • To use writing and other forms of representation: to explore, clarify, and reflect on thoughts, feelings, experiences, and learning; to use imagination.

  • To create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms for a range of audiences and purposes.

Scope & Sequence


  • 3 - 40 page Hilroy notebooks available at Staples or Walmart.

  • Several blue or black pens, pencils, erasers, and a few highlighters.

  • Post-it Notes, Pencil Crayons, poster paper, and other additional materials may be required for some projects. Notification will be provided.

  • A pocket dictionary and/or thesaurus (recommended).

  • Class textbooks, novels, and other materials.

  • A positive attitude and a willingness to participate.

Course Syllabus

Units of Study

  • Short Story - "The Sound of Thunder" - Bradbury

  • Play - Othello - Shakespeare

  • Feature Film - Schindler's List/Shawshank Redemption/Jurassic Park

  • Non-Fiction - Night - Wiesel

  • Poetry - A variety will be offered

  • Visual/Multimedia Texts - A variety will be offered

  • Essay - TBA

  • Popular Non-Fiction - TBA

    Text Creation Includes:

  • Personal Response to Text - Required

  • Critical/Analytical - Required

  • Prose - Narrative (Factual/Fictional) and Persuasive - Required

  • Poetry - Encouraged

  • Script - Encouraged

  • Oral/Visual/Multimedia - Required

    Other Important information:

  • A silent reading book is required for every class


General Expectations

  • Students will attend class every day, prepared to work, with a writing utensil, an organized binder, and any other supplies or textbooks that are being used for the unit being studied.

  • Food may be consumed responsibly, but teachers have the right to disallow food if garbage, or allergies, become an issue.

  • Students will treat the teacher and fellow classmates with respect. Everyone has a right to be heard and to learn in a secure environment.

  • Students will treat the property of the school and the property of others in a proper manner.

  • Students will not let anything impair their ability to communicate (cell phones, MP3 players, hats, etc.).

Absences & Lates


  • It is always the student’s responsibility to determine, and complete, any evaluative activity has been missed.

Excused Absence:

  • An excused absence occurs when a parent or guardian phones the school at 403-948-3800 (24 hours a day) to report an absence. Telephone calls from students are not acceptable, unless the student has “adult status” confirmed by the administration of BCHS. Parents are requested to phone in advance of the absence if possible. If that is not possible, parents must call the day of the absence, or no later than the day after the absence (i.e. within 24 hours) if it is to be excused. Notes received from parents within this time frame are also acceptable.

  • If a student is excusably absent from class on days during which an assignment, quiz, examination or other evaluation activity occurs, the student shall be given the opportunity to make up the missed work through either the original or replacement work at the teacher's discretion.

Unexcused Absence:

  • An unexcused absence includes those absences for which no phone call or note has been received within 24 hours following the absence. If the student misses a class where there is an assignment due or a quiz or exam written, the work will be awarded a designation of “NHI” (Not Handed In), which constitutes a zero for the purpose of calculating grades. (Chapter S-3, Part 1.14, School Act, 2000).

Late Arrival:

  • Please arrive to class on time. If you are late for any reason, you will knock on the door and wait outside until it is convenient for your admission into the classroom.

  • Repeatedly being late will result in disciplinary action which is specific to the presiding teacher. BCHS policy also applies.



  • Sloppy or illegible work WILL NOT be accepted. If it can’t be read, it can’t be graded.

  • Assignments that are to be evaluated, will be handed in using blue or black pen or completed on the computer, unless otherwise specified.

Missed Assignments:

  • If no attempt is made to contact the teacher or the work is not completed within the agreed time an “NHI” will be awarded for the assignment.


  • Extensions on assignments will only be considered if a student makes arrangement at least one (1) day prior to the due date. An accompanying signature/note from a parent indicating the circumstances of the extension would be welcomed.

Digital Submissions:

  • Assignments may be submitted electronically only at the discretion of the presiding teacher. If the teacher in question does not permit electronic submissions, an assignment submitted in this manner will not be accepted.

  • Teachers are permitted to establish their own practices for electronic submissions.

Missed Assignments/Earned Zero Policy:

  • When a student has an excused absence, it is their responsibility to contact the teacher about missed work, as you are still responsible for the work covered in your absence.

  • If a task is given that day, the student must contact the teacher to determine a mutually agreeable time for missed assignments to be handed in for marking. Such issues must be discussed with the teacher on the day of the student’s return to classes, or earlier if possible (email).

  • If excusably absent on the due date of an assignment, then the assignment is due the day you return to school.

The following assignment policy will apply to the class:

  • Assignments submitted on the due date – Will be marked in as timely a fashion as possible (typically 2-3 weeks, depending on the size/type of assignment). These will be given a rubric, and formative feedback.

  • Assignments submitted after the due date – Will be marked as other assignments allow (these are not the priority, and the only timeline that can be assured is prior to the end of the semester). An email will be sent to parents, and students, notifying them of the missing work and the “Dead Date” will be established.

  • Assignments submitted after the email “Dead Date” – Will be awarded a zero.

Please Note: The presiding teacher has no onus to grade late work immediately. The teacher will do everything in their power to mark late work as quickly as possible, but it may not be marked until the conclusion of the course.

Rewritten Assignments:

  • Some assignments qualify for replacement grades, which means the most recent example of student achievement will replace the previous one.

  • If the teacher determines that a rewrite on an assignment is appropriate, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Corrections are not permitted. Assignments must be re-written (i.e. completing a different question or topic) under the guidance of the presiding teacher.

  2. Re-written assignments are due on the date noted by the presiding teacher. Once this date has passed, students will not be permitted to hand in re-writes for the assignment in question.

  3. Re-written assignments must be submitted with:

- The original, marked assignment;

- The mark sheet for the original assignment.

  1. Before a major assignment (such as an essay or another composition) is re-written, the student must discuss it with the presiding teacher one-on-one.

If the noted guidelines are not adhered to, the re-written assignment will not be accepted.

Computer Usage

An educationally functional electronic device as outlined by Bert Church High School policy is an asset. If such a device is to be used, it is expected that students will bring their device to class with charge sufficient for use throughout the period.

Cell Phones

Cell phones do not replace the use of a Chromebook/Laptop, and research reveals that such devices are significant distractions to student learning and impediments to success. As such, cell phones, tablets, and other non-educational electronic devices should not be used in-class unless expressly directed by the teacher.

Please see Google Classroom for cell phone procedures and information.

Flex Fridays

This period of time is built into student schedules, and offers the valuable opportunity for student ownership of learning. It can be used to get help and to keep current in courses. Teachers will do their best to notify parents / guardians of a student’s missing work, but this may not always be possible, and it is expected that students will take ultimate responsibility for their learning and the completion of their work.

  • If a student has an outstanding assignment, it is expected that they will attend Focus Blocks until the assignment is complete.

  • Note that the presiding teacher may assign students to any of these blocks or time at their discretion.

  • If a student has a conflict between two or more classes during these times, it is still expected that they will check in with all teachers for whom they have late work.


Why English?

  • English is a global language.

  • English is the language of the media industry.

  • English is the language of the Internet.

Why Write?

  • Expressive writing is linked to improved mood.

  • Writing leads to better thinking and communicating.

  • Writing is a powerful way to handle trauma or difficult events.

  • Increase in gratitude.

  • Closes mental tabs.

  • Writing leads to better learning.

Why Read?

  • Mental stimulation.

  • Reduces stress.

  • Gain information.

  • Improves vocabulary.

  • Improves focus and concentration.

  • Improves writing skills.

  • Entertainment.


In class, students will be assessed on the criteria listed below. Regular attendance, classroom participation and an attitude conducive to learning are necessary for optimum performance and success in the English classroom.


It should be noted that students must write their FINAL EXAM during the scheduled times noted. These exams may only be rescheduled in the case of serious & significant illness (supported by documentation from a doctor or another medical professional). Exams cannot be rescheduled for vacations or family, athletic, or vocational commitments.