English Language Arts/AP English

6, 7

These courses are designed to develop an appreciation for language through reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. Students in Grade 6 and Grade 7 will work in a writers workshop setting to learn and improve writing skills with daily practice. Foundation skills developed at the Grade 6 level will be built on and extended in the Grade 7 workshop.

Studies of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, myths and folk tales will provide guides for the writing process. Students will be introduced to projectresearch skills.


This course develops a variety of communication skills focusing on effective expository writing as well as critical and creative responses to texts such as: Skinnybones and The Wrinkle Queen by Glen Huser and Refugee by Alan Gratz, and at least one live theatre experience (M.T.Y.P.). Independent reading, writing and illustrating a children’s picture book and vlogging are also included. The course concludes with an exam related to the topics/themes taught throughout the year.

10F  (1.0 cr.)

This course gives students many opportunities to gain competency in the six language arts skills. They have the opportunity to listen, speak, read,
write, view, and represent in a variety of combinations and relevant contexts. Students will study The Giver, April Raintree, The Book Thief, Milkweed,
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, poetry, plays and film. Additional books include: Maze Runner, Uglies, Unwind, The Hate U Give, All American Boys,
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. We will focus on developing persuasive essay writing skills.

11G Images of Faith: Enhancing Visual Literacy  (0.5 cr.)

By studying visual images, many focusing on faith cultures of the world, students will develop the ability to read visual texts with greater confidence,
understanding, and skill. Students will respond to texts with learning logs and the creation of their own texts such as posters, graffiti art, logos, collages,
line drawings, charcoal sketches and copper tile work. Students will examine religious themes in film, responding in written and visual form.

20F  (1.0 cr.)
Prerequisite: Language Arts 10F

This course continues to develop the six areas of language arts. Areas of study include public speaking, introduction to Shakespeare, and novel study. Understanding and making choices to make an idea or story accessible to new audiences is one key focus in this course.

30S Literary Focus  (1.0 cr.)
Prerequisite: Language Arts 20F

This course includes the indepth study of both classic and contemporary texts. Students continue to develop the capacity for critical engagement with a wide
variety of forms (novels, plays, poems). This course has a particular emphasis on creative writing. To this end, students will participate in a province-wide
playwriting contest.

40S Comprehensive Focus  (1.0 cr.)
Prerequisite: Language Arts 30S

This course will emphasize a study of selected novels and other literary and visual texts, with a focus on a variety of writing and public speaking skills in
preparation for the Provincial Grade 12 English Language Arts exam.

40S Literary Focus  (1.0 cr.)
Prerequisite: Language Arts 30S

This course focuses on literary theories. The emphasis will be on analyzing text critically through: Psychoanalytical, Feminist, and Marxist lenses. Authors may include Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Shakespeare and others.

40S Transactional Focus  (1.0 cr.)
Prerequisite: Language Arts 30S

This course is focused on Literacy Beyond Literature — how to observe, discuss, read, form opinions about and create various forms of communication that are integral to how society is conveying meaning in the 21st century. Media literacy, documentary film making, and graphic or non-fiction novels may be some of
the topics covered in this course.

42S Literary Specialization  (1.0 cr.)

Advanced Placement: Modern Literature from Around the World
Prerequisite: Comprehensive Focus 40S – average of 75% or higher

This course focuses on literature from different time periods and genres and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in May. Authors
studied may include: Brontë, Dickens,Dostoevsky, Shelley, and others.