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Literary Studies 11

Literary Studies 11 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.

Language shapes ideas and influences others.

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



Literary Studies 11  is a 4-credit course that counts towards your graduation portfolio in BC (British Columbia) high schools.  It has been created to better 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 from contemporary to long-established English texts. In addition, students will represent knowledge using multi modal methods such as video and visual presentations of information.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisite:  Completion of a Grade 10 English Language Arts course
  • Graduation Status:  One of the Grade 11 English Language Arts Options required for graduation
  • Follow-up courses include English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Note: Literary Studies 12 does not count towards the mandatory English 12 prerequisites for graduation in BC secondary schools, but only towards grade 12 elective credits

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: reflective responses, slideshow presentation, and a short writing sample

Video Games and Visual Literacy


  • Assessment: Written responses, poster creation, personal responses, conducting research on a video game of interest, using Power point's video and audio features to create a "TED Talk"

Short Stories

  • Assessment: paragraph responses on various literary elements including plot, conflict, point of view, character, setting, and symbol; some alternative demonstrations of learning (sketches, diagrams, etc.)

Novel Study


  • Assessment: paragraph responses on various literary elements within the novel; some alternative demonstrations of learning (slideshow, sketch, creative short story)

Midterm Exam


  • Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3
  • Assessment: one multiple choice section, one short answer section, one short essay response


  • Assessment: sentence and paragraph responses on various poetic elements including types of poetry. Demonstrations of learning poetry.

The modern play

  • Assessment: paragraph responses on various literary elements within the play; some alternative demonstrations of learning (collage, blog posts, chart, character map)

Final Exam

  • Covers Modules 2, 3, 4, and 5; emphasis is on Modules 4 & 5
  • Assessment: two multiple choice sections, two extended paragraph responses, one final essay response

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course





Midterm exam


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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