Grade: Grade 10
Course name: English
Course code: ENG2D
Course Type: Academic
Credit value: 1.0
Pilot course: ENG1D or ENG1P
This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.
Unit Titles and Descriptions
Students will read a wide variety of poems and look at the techniques that poets use including poetic devices such as metaphor, verbs, similes, apostrophes, stanza length, powerful language, and how poets engage the readers’ senses. Students will write their own poems, they will hear poems read, and they will gain awareness of what makes effective delivery. Students will complete three polished writing assignments in this unit, search for inspiring poetry performances online, and make a video of their own spoken poetry.
In this unit students will read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, exploring the eternally relevant themes of militarism, personal conflict, ambition, and pride. Assignments include one that deals with imagery in the play, a speaking assignment giving advice to the characters, an assignment about irony, and a unit culminating essay.
Students are invited to read widely and explore the varied selection of stories provided. Three writing assignments will be completed on the stories chosen.
Students will read George Orwell's Animal Farm. In doing so, they will explore satire as a genre and irony as these techniques pertain to the author's allegory on communism in mid-twentieth century Europe. Students will produce two academic essays, including an analysis of an anthem the animals adopt, and a media assignment.
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:
English 2D acquaints students with a full version of a Shakespearean play as well as with a Canadian novel, both of which deal with themes that have to do with power and human error. With such themes in mind, students write their first formal essays on literature, analyse selected poems and short stories, and create their own oral presentations on topics approved by their teachers.
● VHS online demonstrations and videos pertaining to poetic devices enable students to proceed with work on the poetry unit.
● Analysis of poetic styles are conducted through a variety of subjects.
● A pdf on Shakespeareâ€™s Julius Caesar is accompanied with animation that allows students to deal with Elizabethan English and the playâ€™s concepts.
● Scaffolding at various stages in the study of the play gives students practice in writing about Shakespeareâ€™s plays.
● Pdfs of short stories focus on the elements of fiction.
● Reflecting on and writing about diverse media and various genres allows students to develop their unique insights into literature.