The Humanities programs, English and Social Studies, strive to achieve the following goals: global thinking and problem solving, the application of skills to content, the development of skills to master content, and the understanding of the inter-relationship of content areas.
ENGLISH 9 MEN- -09
English 9 continues to develop the skills practiced in English 8. Students will develop strong communication skills, an understanding and appreciation of language and literature, and the capacity to engage fully as literate and responsible citizens in a digital age. Students are guided in learning to think critically, creatively, and reflectively; to construct a sense of personal and cultural identity; and to be respectful of a range of perspectives and worldviews. Various learning formats are used such as modified workshops, small groups, and whole class instruction. In particular, students learn and practice different phases of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, peer response, revising, editing and publishing. A variety of literature, teacher and student selected, is used to develop initial and critical responses helping students to relate reading to writing and to develop appropriate and characteristic styles. Opportunities are also provided throughout the year to learn and practice language usage and critical thinking through speaking and listening.
ENGLISH 10 MEN- -10
English 10 is designed for students who are interested in the academic study of literature and in developing their skills in written communication in a variety of contexts. The course allows students to explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media and to think critically as they explore, extend, and refine their writing. Students will increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts and will work individually and collaboratively to explore and create coherent, purposeful compositions.
In this course, students will expand their development as educated global citizens, develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world, and develop higher-level thinking and learning skills Students will examine and write in a variety of forms and modes for specific audiences and specific disciplines, will practice planning, drafting, and editing processes, and will learn to cite sources, and consider the credibility, quality and reliability of evidence.
This 4 credit course builds on skills learned in English 9 and is designed to provide an introduction to English 11 (4 credits).
ENGLISH 10 ENRICHED - CREATIVE WRITING AND NEW MEDIA MEN- -10ENR
English 10 - Creative Writing and New Media is designed for students who have an interest in creative expression through language and through digital literacy. The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to become better writers through the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. This course reflects the changing role of technology in today’s society and the importance of digital media in communication. Within a supportive community of writers, students will collaborate and develop their skills through writing and design processes. This course is intentionally grounded in the exploration and application of writing processes, inviting students to express themselves creatively as they experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing and digital communication skills.
In this course, students will demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a variety of digital and print media. In addition to more traditional literature, students will read, analyze and practice contemporary creative forms, such as slam poetry, oratory, rap, drama, song, graphic novels, creative non-fiction, historical fiction, poetry, song lyrics and multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts. They will develop creative writing, journalism, and publishing skills through various media.
This course has both a reading and writing component and gives 4 credits for English 10 and is designed to provide an introduction to English 11 Enriched -Creative Writing (4 credits).his course has both a reading and writing component and gives 4 credits for English 10 and is designed to provide an introduction to English 11 Enriched -Creative Writing (4 credits).
ENGLISH 11 MEN- -11
English 11 builds on skills learned in English 10 and allows students to delve more deeply into literature. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. In this course, students will increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts, enhance their development of the English Language Arts skills, both expressive and receptive, expand their development as educated global citizens, develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world, and will further develop higher-level thinking and learning skills.
This 4 credit course builds on and complements skills learned in English 10.
ENGLISH 11 ENRICHED - CREATIVE WRITING MEN- - 11ENR
English 11 Enriched - Creative Writing is designed for students who are interested in using writing for self-expression and various creative purposes. Here the emphasis will be on stylistics, critical analysis, creative writing, timed writing and a broad breadth of literature inclusive of a summer reading agenda prior to entering the course. This course is strongly recommended to students who are considering taking any AP courses offered within the English department. The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to become better writers through the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Within a supportive community, students will collaborate and develop their skills through writing and design processes. This course is grounded in the exploration and application of writing processes, inviting students to express themselves creatively as they experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing.
This 4 credit course builds on and complements skills learned in English 10 Enriched - Creative Writing and New Media.
ENGLISH 12 MEN- -124 credits required for graduation
English 12 course represents “essential learning” in language arts, including reading and writing, speaking and listening, viewing and representing. It is designed to provide BC graduates with the literacy skills and competencies required for success in further education, in careers, and in everyday life. Using oral, written, visual and digital texts, students will individually and collaboratively improve their comprehension of a wide variety of genres, will construct meaningful connections between self, text and world, will think critically, creatively and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts. Students will also develop appropriate written and oral language skills in order to eloquently and effectively express themselves on a variety of topics.
This 4 credit course builds on and complements skills learned in English 10 and 11 courses.
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12 AELC-12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: English 11 or English 11 Enriched
The AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature from several genres and historical periods. The course is an excellent preparation for post-secondary studies. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to develop both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s themes, structure, and style, including the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Written assignments are designed to increase the students’ ability to analyze, evaluate, compare, and persuade clearly, cogently, and elegantly, their interpretation of a literary work. There is an AP exam in May each year. Registration in this high-level course requires satisfying selection criteria of the school, including proof of a high-level of achievement in English 10 and 11 courses.
Students who achieve a 4 or 5 in this course will be eligible for advanced credit in First Year English at many colleges and universities.
WRITING 12 MWR- -12
Pre-Requisite Course: English 11 or English 11 Enriched
Creative writing 12 is designed for Grade 12 students who like reading widely and writing regularly and who have already completed ELA 11 - Creative Writing or English 11. Students will have the opportunity to write in a variety of forms – personal essays, poetry, short plays, short stories, and journals. Students taking the course are encouraged to participate in the “New Shoots” Creative Writing Workshop sponsored jointly by UBC Creative Writing Department and the Vancouver School Board. Also, throughout the year there will be some field trips to special events and there may be occasional guest appearances at the school by local writers.
This elective course may be taken in addition to either of the required English 12 courses - English 12 or AP English Literature and Composition 12.
ANNUAL DESIGN 10 YCCT-0C
ANNUAL DESIGN 11 YCCT-1C
ANNUAL DESIGN 12 YCCT-2C
Students may apply to Annual Design in Grades 10, 11, and 12 where they will learn the process of organizing, designing, and producing a yearbook. In Grade 10, students will have the opportunity to take on a different role for each term; photographer, photo editor, and marketing/communications. Students will learn to use DEO, a simplified version of InDesign software and Photoshop; they will have access to DSLR cameras to document school life and events. In Grade 11, students have the option of working as a photographer, photo editor, or marketing/communications specialist. Students continue to work on DEO software. In Grade 12, students will have the chance to take on a leadership role as an editor in any of the three areas. Students should be motivated and able to work in a team as well as independently. This course has limited enrollment and therefore requires an application process where students are selected by a staff yearbook committee.
ELL COMMUNICATIONS LEVEL 1 XLDCE10C01
ELL COMMUNICATIONS LEVEL 2 XLDCE10C02
The aim of these multi-level courses is to prepare students from integration into the mainstream academic program with regards to oral competency, reading comprehension and writing skills. The aim of these multi-level courses is to prepare students from integration into the mainstream academic program with regards to oral competency, reading comprehension and writing skills. Students will practice grammar and reading comprehension strategies and skills, and will also focus on developing speaking and listening comprehension in a variety of contexts. With an emphasis on oral fluency, students engage in activities such as role-play, oral presentations, interviews, and dramatic presentations in a cooperative and supportive setting. Students are also encouraged to practice pronunciation, stress and intonation to increase confidence and to promote functional competence in English for academic purposes across many disciplines. Through all forms of communication, they will increase their knowledge of global cultures and cross-cultural intelligence.
ELL ENGLISH LEVEL 1 XLDCE10EN1
ELL ENGLISH LEVEL 2 XLDCE10EN2
These multi-level courses are designed to develop students' English proficiency in all areas of language focusing on grammar, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and the appreciation of literature written in English. Students learn and practice the skills and vocabulary specific to the study of academic English and will begin to develop different phases of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, peer response, revising, editing and publishing. A variety of appropriately challenging literature, is used to develop academic understanding and to help students to relate reading to writing. Students will also learn writing styles specific to English classes, such as Literary paragraphs and analysis, creative stories, poetry, scripts, and personal writing.
ENGLISH LEARNING CENTRE XLDCE10ELC
The aim of ELC is to continue to develop skills learned in ELL Communications and to assist students to improve and become more proficient in their use and understanding of the English language as they transition into English 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Students will work on developing their skills, and expressing themselves, in a variety of situations and forms, particularly in speaking and writing. Students will be given the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth through speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. The goal of ELC is for students to reach a level of English language proficiency that will help them meet the expected learning outcomes of the Provincial Curriculum.
Throughout the year, students will be studying, practicing, and improving their vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and usage, capitalization, punctuation, summarizing texts in their own words, note-taking, paragraph and essay structure, reading comprehension, as well as their oral speaking skills. Please note: All ELL students will be expected to complete at least one year of ELC to improve their language skills once they transition out of ELL English and Communications classes.
ENGLISH 10 TRANSITIONAL MEN- -10TRN
This is a course for students making the transition from ELL English to regular English. English 10 Transitional is designed to assist ELL learners in developing their reading comprehension, and oral language skills, and to support them in developing and refining their skills in written communication in a variety of contexts. Through the study of appropriately challenging texts, students will improve comprehension and will learn to think critically as they explore, extend, and refine their writing, and for opportunities for performance and public speaking. Within a supportive community, students will individually and collaboratively study, create and use language to explore and create coherent, purposeful compositions in a variety of modes. They will develop their craft through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising to build a body of work that demonstrates breadth, depth, and evidence of writing for a range of situations. They will further develop the spoken language skills that are increasingly necessary in everyday, educational, and professional contexts.
This 4 credit ELL course is designed to prepare and support transitional ELL students in developing the foundational skills needed for the academic rigor of grade 11 and 12 English Language Arts courses. Students who are successful in this course will receive credit for English 10. Students must be placed in this course by the ELL and English departments based on English proficiency observed in ELL Communications level 2 and ELL English level 2.