Course & Outline & Evaluation
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win,by fearing to attempt.”William Shakespeare

Course Description
English 4U 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
-critical thinking
-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%
Application                                                   25%
Communication                                             30%
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
Writing conferences
Creative Writing/ Presentation
Media Study

 Independent Study Unit                                     Literary Criticism/Short Fiction/Poetry

 Process                                                                      Reading Response Journal

Literary Essay                                                     Essay

Creative Writing Portfolio                                                 Creative Writing
Group Seminar


Reading Response Journal

Reading Quizzes


 Group Seminar

 Unit Test

 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 the time.

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 assignment.

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.

About Evaluation
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%                                                      
Creative Presentation–5%  
Literary Essay–10%