English

Grade 9

English 9

Students will read a variety of genres and build both creative and critical thinking skills. In addition to the study of language, sentence structure, vocabulary, and punctuation, students will write literary paragraphs and multiparagraph essays. Students will also develop their creative writing skills, with a focus on both poetry and short fiction.

English 9 is also available as a year-long course combined with Band 9.

English 9 - Linear

This course is intended to assist students who may struggle with English. The course will help to develop literacy skills, and the core competencies, through the reading of a variety of works, including short stories, novels, poetry, non-fiction, and articles over the full academic year, rather than one semester.

Grade 10

English 10 - Literary Studies and Composition

Students will study short stories, poetry, novels and Shakespeare or other drama, informational text and associated media, focusing on appreciation and analysis of literature. They will continue to develop speaking and research skills as well as expository and narrative writing skills. Students should expect to integrate technology into assignments and be willing to collaborate with peers.

English 10 First Peoples - Literary Studies and Writing

Students will study short stories, poetry, novels, and film, focusing on works created by indigenous peoples locally and internationally; we will also forge an appreciation for the social context and analysis of each work. They will continue to develop speaking skills and research skills as well as expository and narrative and descriptive writing skills. This is an academic English and worth equivalent credits to English 10.

Grade 11

Composition 11

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 of texts such as trade manuals, job contracts, business letters, novels, short stories, poetry, and articles. The course provides opportunities for students to, with increasing independence, study, create, and write original pieces for a range of purposes and courses. 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.

English First Peoples - Literary Studies and Writing 11

Students will study short stories, poetry, novels, and film, focusing on works by indigenous peoples locally and internationally; we will also forge an appreciation for the social context and analysis of each work. There is a social justice element to the themes based on historical context in many of the works. They will continue to develop speaking skills and research skills as well as expository and narrative and descriptive writing skills. This is an academic English worth equivalent credits to English 11.

Literary Studies 11

Literary Studies 11 allows students to delve deeply into literature. This course will build the skills necessary for transition into post-secondary academic studies, and pairs well with Literary Studies 12. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Students will increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts, expand their development as educated global citizens, and further develop higher-level thinking and learning skills. Teachers may offer enrichment to students wishing to pursue “Advanced Placement Literature and Composition 12”.

Grade 12

English First Peoples 12

Students will study short stories, poetry, novels, nonfiction and film, focusing on works by both local and international indigenous peoples; students will also forge an appreciation for the social context and analysis of each work. There is a social justice element to the themes based on historical context in many of the works. Students will develop oral communication, as well as expository, narrative and descriptive writing skills.Note: English First Peoples 12 is accepted by post-secondary institutions as an academic course.

English Studies 12 - Composition Focus

The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous learning experiences in English 10 and 11 courses. Students will read and study compositions by other writers and be exposed to a variety of styles of texts such as trade manuals, job contracts, business letters, novels, short stories, poetry, and articles. It is designed for all students and provides them with opportunities 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, contribute to Reconciliation by building greater understanding of the knowledge and perspectives of First Peoples, and expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens.

English Studies 12 - Literature Focus

The required English Studies 12 course builds on and extends students’ previous learning experiences in ELA and EFP 10 and 11 courses. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Students will increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts, expand their development as educated global citizens, and further develop higher-level thinking and learning skills. It is designed for all students and provides them with opportunities 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, contribute to Reconciliation by building greater understanding of the knowledge and perspectives of First Peoples, and expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens.

English Studies 12 and AP Eng Lit & Composition

Structured around Literature 12, English 12 and Advanced Placement (AP) English, this linear course focuses on English literature through the ages, shifting to modern works in semester two. Students are prepared for the rigors of both academic and creative post-secondary; if students opt to write the AP global exam in May, they may earn credit for first year post-secondary English at institutions around the globe. In the past, science students, aiming to receive credit for first year university English in order to open up university timetables, past students aiming for excellence in the humanities/arts and students aiming for law school, journalism, creative writing, English, or film studies, have found AEL a powerful course for developing and honing academic thinking and writing. It is beneficial to have strong foundation skills prior to enrolling in AEL; however, if students are willing to challenge themselves and pursue excellence, their appreciation of literature, analysis, speaking and writing will improve immensely throughout the year. Students will write a provincial exam for English and may earn up to 12 credits based on portfolio assessment.