Course & Outline & Evaluation
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win,by fearing to attempt.”William Shakespeare
is intended primarily for students who plan to continue post secondary
education at the university level, both for those whose take English and
those who will not. Thus, it is imperative that certain capabilities,
attitudes and skills be fostered to ensure your future academic success.
Your full participation in all aspects of this course will allow you to
refine and extend skill and knowledge in the following areas:
- speaking and writing proficiency
-response to literature and the articulation of this response
-enjoyment and appreciation of literature
-independence in reading, thought, and expression.
Units of Study
1.The Writing Program
2. The Modern Novel- Nineteen Eighty-Four / Brave New World
3. Shakespearean Tragedy - Hamlet / King Lear/ Othello
4. Selected Poetry, Short Fiction and Non-Fiction
5 Independent Study Unit
Evaluation of Course Content by Category Weighting
Thinking & Inquiry 25%
Knowledge & Understanding 20%
Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation (70%)
Selections from the following assignments:
The Writing Program (on going)
Reading Response Journal
Writer’s Workshop Activities
Sight Passage Testing
The Modern Novel
Tutorial Participation and Tutorial Tests
Creative Writing/ Presentation
Independent Study Unit Literary Criticism/Short Fiction/Poetry
Process Reading Response Journal
Literary Essay Essay
Creative Writing Portfolio Creative Writing
Reading Response Journal
Grade 12 University English
Expectations for Assignments
1. All assignments will receive a DUE DATE
and a DEADLINE. Work submitted after the due date will be penalized
10%. Work permitted after the deadline will be considered a
non-submission as at least some of the assignments will be returned by
2. Assignments are due at the beginning of class.
3. On the day of a due date or deadline
you will not be allowed out of class to print your essay in Student
Services, the library, etc. If you do so and arrive late, so is your
4. If you are at school at any point on a day where the assignment is due, you are required to submit your paper to me.
5. Rough work is frequently required for written assignments.
6. Making and extra copy of your assignment is strongly recommended.
7. Organize your binder effectively. The following four divisions work well:
8. I do not accept work sent electronically or communicate with parents or students electronically.
section 1 - notes copied by hand (blackboard and over head notes, lectures, etc.)
section 2 - daily class work and handouts
section 3 - returned tests and assignments
section 4 - work / writing in progress
Grade 12 Course Culminating Task (CCT)
You are to develop a portfolio of literature written by published authors based on a theme that you have chosen as your focus. You will research a wide variety of forms and styles that express your chosen theme.
About the Products
1. From this research you will articulate a clearly worded thesis from which you will develop a formal literary essay of 1000-1200 words [1,500 words (excluding quotes) is the maximum accepted length].
2. You will collect TEN different sources and display your written analysis and excerpts in a duo tang.
3. You are to construct a portfolio, a visual presentation
of your project, assembled as an attractive package. It should contain
designs, illustrations, photos, models, video, and sketches.
About the Process
Major process work to be evaluated will include a proposal, a bibliography of sources, and an outline for the essay. There may also be conferences relating to your research and literary essay.
About the Themes
Invariably, you will do best when you
select a theme and thus literature that genuinely appeals to you. Here
are a few suggestions you are quite free too ignore:
success the quest for self knowledge old-age revenge
competition the perilous journey childhood morality
sacrifice the hero quest death evil
goals tragedy alienation justice
nature comedy dreams absurdity
adventure romance fantasy/escape truth
conflict satire/irony madness values
survival innocence to experience apocalypse risk
maturity war Faith determination
About the Portfolio
This portfolio will be a collection from 10 sources in total taken from two types of literary material:
Type One: Longer literature
- biographies, historical , or scientific literature or other
nonfiction; novels , essays , plays , longer poems , short stories ,
myths , etc.)
Type Two: Shorter works in their entirety such as song lyrics, nonfiction articles, parables, graphic novels, and shorter poems.
For each of the 10 selections you will compose a ONE-PAGE/ three-part analysis as follows:
i- identification of the source
ii- explanation of the relevance of the source to your theme
iii- provide reason(s) why you chose to use this source for you anthology
About the Criteria for Sources
1. 5 of your sources must be traditional literature , such as published novels, short stories, poems and plays from print anthologies.
2. At least 2 of your sources must have been written before 1970.
3. You may use a maximum of 2 song lyrics
4. You may use a maximum of 2 sources from the same author ( some exceptions allowed )
5. You may use a maximum of 2 texts found in out high school English curriculum
1. Students repeating this course must develop a new theme with new material from previous CCT’S.
2. This project models a process
that can be modified for doing research in the Arts and Humanities at
the university level. That is why the process leading to the final paper
is weighted so heavily. Thus the literary essay will not be accepted or evaluated unless the process work is attempted.(Rough Draft)
3. Your literary essay will not require
you to incorporate all of 10 sources into your argument. Your final
paper will require a detailed analysis of a minimum of three major
works. You must read and understand these throughly. In addition you
might ( but are not
required ) to analyze an additional work or two. Be careful though not
to spread yourself so thin that all of your content becomes shallow.
Also, recall that a maximum of two sources may be used from literature
previously studied. These may not be used as one of your three major works.
4. Because of the complexity and
weighting of this unit you will be required to use the content and texts
from your CCT on the final exam.
This unit constitutes of 20% of your final mark and is broken down as follows:
A. Process Work Leading to Literary Essay in order of submission
Portfolio (10 excerpts) -5%