English 30-1

Mr. Smith | Fall 2022

Room: 2048

Welcome to English Language Arts 30.1! Please DO NOT HESITATE to come to me with any questions, comments, or concerns whether they pertain to this course, another course, or personal matters; I am here to ensure that your time in my class and at Bert Church High School is educational, empowering, and enjoyable. I have full confidence in your ability to succeed.

Course Description

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 on their Provincial Exams.

English Language Arts 30-1 provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge, skills, and attributes required by a student of English language and literature in the province of Alberta. Specifically, this course will challenge students to refine and polish their fundamental and advanced reading, writing, and language skills, urging them to deepen and mature their understanding of the significance, artistry, and value of literature. This course is developed for students with an academic and artistic interest in literature who plan on undertaking post-secondary studies at university. Students will be required to use language clearly, correctly, and articulately in analytical, critical, personal, and persuasive situations. The course concludes with the writing of the English 30-1 Diploma examination.

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 (and other mediums) experiences 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.


  • A binder, in order and up-to-date, complete with both lined paper.

  • Several HB pencils & pens, eraser, 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

Course Schedule

The exact schedule of the course will vary depending on the needs of the student learning group, the constraints of time, and the availability of course materials. Regardless of the schedule the course follows, the main theme and discussion point for the course will be the concept of RELATIONSHIPS and MENTAL HEALTH. In studying this topic, the class will endeavor to cover the following works of literature:

- ARRIVAL – D. Villeneuve

- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – T. Williams (1947)

- “Down to Nothing” / “Point of No Return” – M. Jenkins / R. Ozturk (2015)

- FENCESA. Wilson (1985)

- KING LEAR – W. Shakespeare (~1606)

- PRIDE & PREJUDICE – J. Austen (1813)

- SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – D. O. Russell; M. Quick (2012)

- “Stutterer” – B. Cleary (2015)



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 used 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.) and the teacher may confiscate the item if it becomes an issue.

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.

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 they 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 policies will apply to the class:

  • Assignments will be submitted on the due date in whatever state of completion they are in. Assignments will be graded in as timely a fashion as possible and will be given a rubric and formative feedback.

  • Students not happy with their grade may discuss the assignment in question with Mr. Smith in order to re-write the assignment and have it re-graded.

Late Assignments:

  • Assignments submitted within two weeks from 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). Students will receive no written feedback.

  • Assignments submitted after 2 weeks from due date will be awarded a zero, unless special arrangements are made at the discretion of the teacher. This is known as an assignment “Dead Date.”

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 do not replace the use of a Chromebook/Laptop, and significant 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.

Cell phones and other electronic devices may be out during individual student work time. They must be away and out-of-sight during all other times unless specific permission is granted by Mr. Smith. Students violating this request will be given a warning. Following this warning, students who continue to violate this guideline will be asked to place their cell phone in their locker.


Cheating includes but is not limited to informing others of the contents of a test or using notes or unapproved resources on a quiz or test.

Plagiarism is when one student passes off another individual’s work as his or her own; the other individual in question may be a peer or an artist, author, or writer. Plagiarism is the most serious academic offence and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

For any task, assignment, quiz, or test that is presented with evidence of cheating or plagiarism, a grade of zero (0) may be awarded.

  • This includes minor alterations to ‘cut and paste’ items as well and DUPLICATION (i.e. submitting a task or assignment, in full or a portion thereof, in multiple classes; in other words, when a student plagiarizes his or her own work).

  • Students will be instructed in the proper use of, and how to cite secondary sources throughout the course.

  • If in doubt, check with the presiding teacher as soon as possible, absolutely before the assignment is submitted.



  • If evidence of cheating if found or witnessed, all students involved will be awarded a grade of zero for the quiz or test in question. If an appeal (with Mr. Smith or the administration) is successful, students will be required to write an alternate assessment.


    • 1st Offence – The student receives a grade of zero for the assignment in question. The teacher will discuss the issue with the students’ parents or guardians by phone or email. If it is agreed that the student may have a second chance to complete the assignment, they will be given an alternate prompt and source to begin the project again.

    • 2nd Offence – The student receives a grade of zero for the assignment in question. It cannot be made up under any circumstances. The teacher will discuss the issue with the students’ parents or guardians by phone or email, or possibly in person.

    • 3rd and Successive Offences – The student receives a grade of zero for the assignment in question. It cannot be made up under any circumstances. The teacher discusses the issue with the student, his or her parents or guardians, and one member of the BCHS administrative team. Further disciplinary action, such as suspension or expulsion from the course, may be levied.

For further information on appeals, see the BCHS student handbook.

Flex Fridays

This period of time, is built into student schedules, offers the valuable opportunity for student ownership of learning. They 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.


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.

In addition to the instruction and assistance that Mr. Smith will provide, students are encouraged to take advantage of the following resources as they see fit. Remember, only regular use of these resources throughout the course will actually improve students’ grades.

  • The Castle Rock English 30-1 KeyPractice exam questions, explanations, and advice for both the written response and reading comprehension sections of the exam (Available at most retail bookstores; Approximately $35).


  • PART A - WRITTEN - Tuesday, January 11th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

  • PART B - READING COMPREHENSION - Friday, January 21st from 9:00am to 3:00pm.