Grade: Grade 11
Course name: English
Course code: ENG3U
Course Type: Pre-University
Credit value: 1.0
Pilot course: ENG2D
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.
Unit Titles and Descriptions
This unit will focus on listening, note-taking, and presentation skills, all of which are important to develop for college, university, and the workplace. The themes that tie this unit together are the fertile intersections created when people move and cultures meet. Students will hear inspiring stories of people who have had to start their lives over in new lands. Students will prepare a presentation of their own.
In their prose responses, students will analyse a wide range of poetry. Poetic forms, styles, and devices will be examined and discussed. Students will be assessed on a wide range of poetry.
Shakespeare - Macbeth
In this unit students will be exploring the language and themes of Shakespeare's Macbeth, as well as the reading strategies that will help them understand the play. The skills of planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and polishing a literary essay are examined, practiced, and assessed throughout this unit.
In this unit students will be reading two short novels: Ayn Rand's Anthem and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. In working with these texts, students will examine the historical and political contexts of the authors as well as the novels’ central themes. Assessments deal with the different literary devices employed by the authors and the impact of personal history on perspective. Students will write essays on each of the novels.
This is a proctored exam worth 30% of your final grade.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
A. Oral Communication
Listening to Understand: listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes;
Speaking to Communicate: use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes;
Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication situations.
B. Reading and Literature Studies
Reading for Meaning: read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, informational, and graphic texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;
Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning;
Reading With Fluency: use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently;
Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.
Developing and Organizing Content: generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
Using Knowledge of Form and Style: draft and revise their writing, using a variety of literary, informational, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience;
Applying Knowledge of Conventions: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively;
Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process.
D. Media Studies
Understanding Media Texts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts;
Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques: identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
Creating Media Texts: create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques
Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.
Teaching and Learning Strategies:
Students in English 3U study a number of genres in addition to a Shakespearean play and two novels. Through the use of videos, communication posts, and teacher feedback and draft opportunities, students produce a variety of assignments ranging from oral presentations to formal essays on literature.
• Video presentations allow students to focus on topics such as bias, developing listening skills, and speaking technique.
• In preparation for the creation of student videos teachers approve topics, review the essentials of good speeches, and evaluate mind maps.
• Teaching and comprehensive notes on Macbeth allow students to understand the play and formulate their own ideas.
• Scaffolded assignments beginning with thesis statements, outlines, and drafts provide a process though which students can improve their performance as writers and critics.
• Teaching and notes on the novella (Anthem) and Frankenstein allow students to see correspondences between the work and to understand different writing techniques in these two radically different, yet similar, works.
• Through discussion posts, students study and reflect on the contrasting prose styles in the novels.