The English Language Arts curriculum provides students with opportunities to experience the power of language by dealing with a variety of texts and a full range of contexts and purposes associated with the use of language.

The development of literacy is a key focus of this curriculum. Literacy today involves being able to understand and process oral, written, electronic, and multi-media forms of communication.

This curriculum acknowledges that students learn and develop at different rates and that the time frame for literacy development will vary.


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Course Options for

English Language Arts Grade 10

In all English Language Arts courses, the 6 key skills that will be learned and developed are:







Students will receive 4 credits total, for two two-credit course options: 2 credits for FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 and 2 credits for ONE of the following course OPTIONS:



All students will be taking the following FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES option:

Focused Literary Studies 10:

Focused Literary Studies 10 is designed for students who are interested in the literature of a particular era, geographical area, or theme, or in the study of literature in general.

The course allows students to explore literature more deeply, as they discover specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media.

The course is designed to help you:

  • increase your literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts enhance your development of the English Language Arts competencies and abilities
  •  expand your development as educated global citizens
  •  develop balance and broaden your understanding of themselves and the world
  •  develop higher-level thinking and learning skills

· The following are possible areas of focus in Focused Literary Studies 10:


  •  genre-specific studies — poetry, short stories, novels, drama, graphic novels, children’s literature
  •  Canadian literature
  •  First Peoples texts
  •  thematic studies
  •  specific author studies

Students must also choose ONE OTHER option from the selection below:

Creative Writing 10:

Creative Writing 10 is designed for students who have an interest in creative expression through language.

The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to become better writers, through the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres.

· Within a supportive community of writers, you will collaborate and develop your skills through writing and design processes.

· This course is grounded in the exploration and application of writing processes, inviting you to express yourself creatively as you experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine your writing.

· In this course, there will be strong emphasis placed on fiction and poetry text(s).

Spoken Language 10

Spoken Language 10 is a program of studies designed to have students develop their skills in the area of spoken language, and develop an awareness of spoken language skills as a necessity in everyday, educational, and professional contexts.

Spoken Language 10 provides opportunities for you to individually and collaboratively study, create, and use language to produce original pieces in a variety of modes.

Spoken Language 10 will appeal to students who enjoy public performance or oral storytelling or who want to gain more experience and skill in this area.

The course will provide you with opportunities for performance and public speaking.

This course may be of particular interest to students with strong verbal communication skills, ELL students who want to develop their oral language skills, students going into professions in which presentation skills are an asset and/or students who may wish to help maintain oral traditions

The following are possible areas of focus in Spoken Language 10:

Performance — suggested content/topics include spoken word/slam poetry, poetry recitation, oral storytelling, readers’ theatre, radio/podcasts/video posts

Oral tradition — suggested content/topics include oratory, local story knowledge, oral history


There are also options for HONOURS and LEADERSHIP

Honours 10 is now – Focused Literary Studies / Spoken Language: Honours

Leadership 10 is now – Focused Literary Studies / Creative Writing: Leadership



Courses Available for English Language Arts Grade 11

In all English Language Arts courses, the 6 key skills that will be learned and developed
are: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Viewing, and Representing. Each student must choose
at least one of the following grade 11 courses for graduation; Creative Writing, Focused Literary
Studies (F.L.S.), Focused Literary Studies (F.L.S.) Sci-Fi fantasy, F.L.S Canon, or New Media.
Students may choose more than one English Language Arts course, however it will count as an
elective credit.

Creative Writing:
As one of the Grade 11 options, Creative Writing 11 is designed for students who have an
interest in creative expression through language. The course provides students with an in-depth
opportunity to become better writers, through the exploration of personal and cultural identities,
memories, and stories in a wide variety of genres. Within a supportive community of writers,
students will collaborate and develop their skills through the writing and the design processes.
In this course, there will be strong emphasis placed on fiction and poetry texts with the
opportunity to extend and refine the writing process.
There are a few possible focus areas within Creative Writing 11. Poetry and Short Fiction
is one of the options which includes flash fiction, graffiti, subgenres such as romance or horror,
script writing, poetry, authenticity versus sentimentality, literary devices and techniques, and the
relationship between form and function. Another focus area could be Creative Non-Fiction which
includes columns, features, articles, queries, captions, layout, reporting, interviews, reviews such
a fashion or movies, advertising, titles, bylines, and sample readings. Memoirs are also a possible
focus area and they include place-based writing, narrative, film memoir, and sample readings.

Focused Literary Studies (F.L.S):

Focused Literary Studies (F.L.S.) 11 allows students to delve more deeply into literature.
Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary
works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media.
F.L.S. 11 is designed to help students:
 Increase literacy skills through reading texts
 Expand development as educated global citizens
 Develop, balance and broaden their understanding of the world and themselves
 Develop higher level thinking and learning skills
Some possible areas of focus in F.L.S. 11 is canonical literature by era, genre-specific studies,
world literature, diasporic literature, feminist literature, Canadian literature, first peoples texts
and specific author studies.

Canon Literature

Canon 11 focuses on the foundations of English Literature. We begin at Beowulf and study
the key works up until the Victorian age. Some of these works include Chaucer’s Canterbury
tales and Milton’s Paradise Lost. The focus of this course is to examine how English Literature
began, to think critically about it, and to set the foundation to understand contemporary
literature. This course is ideal for anyone who thinks they may take AP, anyone who is hoping to
take English at University or anyone that is looking for more philosophical content in literature.
This course is open to Grade 11 and 12, grade 12 receiving an elective credit of FLS 12.
Fairytales, Fantasy & Science Fiction
From the oral traditions of our Indigenous Peoples to modern day storytelling through film,
audio podcasts and narrative video games this course will explore the importance of the genres
of Fairytales, Fantasy and Science Fiction in the vast landscape of literature.
Stories work to reflect and shape our dreams, wants, needs, and worldview. Fantasy works to
shape imagination. From Alice in Wonderland to The Matrix, imaginative tales influence our
hopes and dreams for the future. This course is suitable for any student with an interest in the
psychology of fantasy and an appreciation for the role of storytelling and science fiction as
literary art with profound insight towards ourselves and our world.
The course will include exploration of how storytelling is changing in our world today and is
open to all grade 11 & 12 students (Note: grade 12’s receive credit for Focused Literary Studies

Focused Literary Studies 11: International Literature and Film

As the course title suggests, International Literature and Film looks at novels, short stories, and
films from a variety of countries. With some exceptions, these works will be in translation and
from the 20th Century. All will have made some kind of impactful “statement,” or will have
been influential. Do you want to read some books from the non-Anglophone world? Do you
want to see some films from outside the “Hollywood” model? Do you want to be able to use
the word “Kafkaesque” and actually know what it means? If so, this course is for you.

New Media:

New media 11 is a program of studies designed to reflect the changing role of
technology in today’s society and increasing importance of digital media in communicating
while exchanging ideas. This course is intended to allow students and educators the flexibility
to develop an intensive program of study centred on student’s 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 through a wide variety of digital and print media. Some of the
possible focus areas for New Media 11 are:

• Media and film studies — suggested content/topics include the globalization of the media
industry, influence of media on users’
perceptions, documentaries in the age of digital media

• Journalism and publishing — suggested content/topics include the changing roles and
structures within news organizations; risks,
challenges, and opportunities associated with professional journalism
• poetry, song lyrics

• Digital communication — suggested content/topics include blogging, writing for the web,
writing for social media, gaming, podcasting

English First Peoples 10/11/12 is a course grounded in the First Peoples Principles of Learning. It
is designed for all students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who are interested in delving into
more purposeful discussion about how our society operates. The course focuses on the
experiences, values, beliefs, and lived realities of First Peoples in various forms of text, including
oral story, poetry, song, performance, film, and prose. A key feature of the course is its focus
on authentic BIPOC voices and its flexibility in assessment and learning choice. In-class learning
will bring emphasis to oral tradition and storytelling as well as identity as it relates to culture
and history as we continue to develop our reading, writing, and speaking skills. This course will
have an emphasis on experiential learning, which may include: guest speakers, inquiry, placebased learning, and field experiences. Areas of exploration will include contemporary podcasts
and social justice issues.



ONE of:

AP English 12 ( See outline in the AP brochure on the AP t
English Studies 12 :


 New Media 12
Creative Writing 12

Creative Applications 12




Department Head: Ms. C. Siedlaczek
Ms. S. Brown
Ms. K. Green
Ms. D. Hoyle
Mr. R. Hunter
Dr. G. Joe
Ms. C. Lee
Mr. P. Parkes
Mr. M. Proctor
Ms. S. Quelch
Ms. L. Sjodin
Ms. J. Taylor
Ms. C. Wong
Ms. S. Wong

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