English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U)


    Instructor: G. Fetterley








This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills.Students will analyse challenging texts from various periods; conduct research and analyse the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyse the relationship among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on understanding the development of the English language" (Ministry of Education: The Ontario Curriculum).




This Course Supports the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations: Students in ENG3U examine representations of the human condition in terms of the overarching themes of Good and Evil. Students use Catholic social teachings to guide their analysis of various texts. This Grade 11 profile challenges students to develop their ability to discern a moral conscience within art and literature. By integrating faith and life experiences, this course explores the roles of practical communication and creative expression in the achievement of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.



Critical Expectation:



The following five overall expectations are consistent in each grade / level. There are more specific and detailed expectations for each course; however, these five reflect the key expectations in each of the four strands: Oral Communication, Reading and Literature Studies, Writing, and Media Studies. See the attached chart for more specific criteria.




Use appropriate strategies to read and understand elements of a variety of forms and texts





Use a variety of print and electronic sources to gather, explore, select and organize information effectively





Know, understand and use the writing process to create a variety of written forms depending on audience and purpose





Use listening and oral communication skills to participate in a variety of classroom discussions and more formal activities





Assess critically the assumptions, perspectives and quality of a variety of texts
The primary purpose of assessment is to improve learning. Assessment will be ongoing and varied. Some assessments will be used to determine initial understanding (diagnostic). This is beneficial feedback and will not count towards your mark. During units, ongoing assessments will be used to help improve your learning (formative) and may count towards your mark. At the end of units, assessments will be used to evaluate what you have learned (summative) and will count towards your mark.







    Statement of Evaluation:



  • Evaluation is used to allow students to assess their own learning, plan strategies for improvement, and determine if the course expectations have been met. The following breakdown of evaluation is in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines:


  • Knowledge & Understanding 15%
  • Thinking & Inquiry 25%
  • Communication 15%
  • Application 15%
  • Exam/CCT 30%
  • Total: 100%
  • A student must earn 50% total to receive the course credit.


Achievement Levels:



    Level 4 80-100%
    A very high level of achievement - above the provincial standard



  • Level 3 70-79%
  • 70-79%
  • A high level of achievement - meets the provincial standard


  • Level 2 60-69%
  • 60-69%
  • A moderate level of achievement - below, but approaching the provincial standard


  • Level 1 50-59%
  • 50-59%
  • A passable level of achievement - below provincial standard


  • Below Pass 0- 49%
  • Insufficient achievement of curriculum expectations Numerous opportunities will be given to students to allow them to demonstrate their achievemen in the four strands of the course: Oral Communication, Reading and Literature Studies, Writing, and Media Studies. Various types of assessment will include tests, quizzes, essays, assignments, notebook checks, self and peer evaluations, oral presentations, and class participation.




Program Outline: The order of study and timelines may vary depending on availability of texts




  • Units of Study
  • Novel Study: The Kite Runner (18 periods )
  • Essays / The Literary Essay (4 periods)
  • Shakespearean Drama: Macbeth (20 periods) Novel Study: Lord of the Flies/The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time10 periods
  • Short narratives (8 periods)
  • ISU–a novel study (See Handout)
  • CCT–Course Culminating Activity (10%of final)
  • Final Examination (20% of final)
  • (short story, poetry, mythology, parody, examination of various essay styles)
  • Notebooks:
  • Students should date all notes, worksheets, etc. and fasten them in a 3-ring binder. Dividers should be used to organize the binder by unit title and should also include a writing skills section. Homework should be completed on pages in the notebook that are separate from notes taken during class, since homework may be collected at any time. Students are expected to take notes from oral discussion in class, in addition to overhead notes given.





    Students are expected to respect the learning environment. A cooperative, positive attitude toward others is expected. Disrespect for any person within the classroom will not be tolerated. If a student is a disruption to the learning environment, he/she will be asked to leave, and contact with home/vice-principal will be made. ****Out of respect for the learning environment and in accordance with school policy regarding electronic equipment, cellular phones, pagers, cd/mp3 players, ipods, hats, food and beverage items are not permitted in the classroom. Students may bring bottled water.** **


    Students are expected to attend all classes, arriving on time, prepared to learn. Skipping classes will not be tolerated. Contact with home/vice-principal will be made in such instance.


Homework & Assignments: All assignments are expected on or before the due date given. As per Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, no assignments will be accepted beyond this "window of opportunity" (without a doctor’s note and letter from a parent/guardian). Students who "skip" class on a final due date will not be allowed to submit the assignment later that day. A student should consult the teacher if he/she is in danger of missing a deadline, prior to the due date. If a student is absent from class, it is his/her responsibility to catch up on all work missed. There will be regular homework checks - students are expected to complete assigned work on-time.

A student who misses a unit test due to illness must bring a doctor
s note in order to write the test upon his or her return to school. The student will take the test outside of class-time, and the test must be written within three days of the students return to school. Other potentially legitimate reasons for missing a test will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who "skip" a test period will not be allowed to take the test at a later date. Academic Fraud:
A student who has committed academic fraud or who has been party to academic fraud is subject to disciplinary action and a course mark reflective of the fraud. This policy is outlined in the student agenda.
Extra Help:
Extra help sessions may be arranged, by appointment, for any student experiencing difficulty. It
is wise to address any areas of concern as they surface rather than waiting. Please do not hesitate to ask for extra help. I am available at lunch and after school for assistance.