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English Studies 12

English Studies 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding
of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world.

People understand text differently depending
on their worldviews
and perspectives.

Texts are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed.

Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.

The examination of First Peoples cultures and lived experiences through text builds understanding of Canadians’ responsibilities in relation to Reconciliation.



English Studies 12 is a 4-credit course that counts towards your graduation portfolio in BC (British Columbia) high schools. It has been created to prepare you to succeed with essay writing, critical analysis of literature, and comprehension of different genres and forms of writing. In this course you will be asked to define, explain, rationalize, critique, discuss, analyze, and summarize many readings. Readings are from a variety of personal, social, and cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Reading will include short stories, nonfiction articles, videos, famous speeches, poetry, and drama.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites: Completion of 4 credits in an English 11 course
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 12 English Language Arts options required for graduation

Course Materials

  • It is strongly recommended you use a laptop or desktop computer running Windows, Word,and PowerPoint.
  • Audio and recording capability for some of the assignments is mandatory.

Brief Outline



Startup Assignment

  • Assessment: paragraph responses, reflective responses, PowerPoint presentation with audio recording, and a writing sample (essay format)

Short Stories and Creative Writing 

  • Assessment: Written responses, personal responses on various literary elements including setting, mood, symbolism, theme, style, irony), creative writing portfolio assessment, narrative writing


  • Assessment: TPCASTT analysis charts, personal and paragraph responses showcasing deeper reading skills of diction and figurative language, synthesis essay

Persuasive Writing 

  • Assessment: paragraph responses showcasing understanding of pathos, logos and ethos, persuasive essay

Novel Study 

  • Assessment: annotated reading, novel review in podcast format

Humour and Satire

  • Assessment: demonstration of understanding of spoof, parody satire, cliché in paragraph responses


  • Assessment: paragraph and personal responses on dramatic monologue

Final Exam or Thematic Project 

  • Assessment: Thematic inquiry research project or in-personal final exam

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Assignments 1 & 2


Assignments 7, 12, 15, 16


Midterm Exam


All other assignments


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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