Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School

English

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Program Chair

Mr. T. Chalmers

Course Description 

English ACADEMIC ENG1D
Grade 9 students will continue to develop the skills begun in their elementary language curriculum. These skills are developed from a Catholic world view, which integrates learning experiences and faith traditions. This course emphasizes analytic reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives. Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works. An important focus will be the correct and effective use of spoken and written language and the completion of an independent study project.
Prerequisite: None

English APPLIED: ENG 1P
Grade 9 students will continue to develop the skills begun in their elementary language curriculum. These skills are developed from a Catholic world view which integrates learning experiences and faith traditions. This course emphasizes key reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school and their daily lives. Students will study plays, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles, and will describe and create media works. An important focus will be the correct use of spoken and written language and the completion of an independent study project.
Prerequisite: None

English LOCALLY DEVELOPED: ENG 1L
Grade 9 students will continue to develop the skills begun in their language curriculum. These skills are developed from a Catholic worldview, which integrates learning from various subject areas experiences and faith traditions. This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need for success in secondary school and in their daily lives. In particular, the program works toward preparing students to enter the Applied English and to complete the literacy test successfully. Students read a variety of narrative and expository forms, poetry, and drama and practice the skills necessary for clear and accurate spoken and written language. Course will include an independent study. In particular, course activities will help develop confidence and self-esteem and provide motivation to succeed in school and life.
Prerequisite: None

English ACADEMIC: ENG 2D
This course extends the range of analytic, reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs. Students will study and interpret challenging texts from contemporary and historical periods, including novels, poems, plays, and opinion pieces, and will analyze and create effective media works and an independent study project. Students will listen actively and critically to learn in the light of Gospel values. They will present information, ideas and knowledge clearly and with sensitivity to others. An important focus will be the thoughtful use of spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: Grade 9 English, Academic or Applied

English APPLIED: ENG 2P
This course extends the range of key reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in all areas of the curriculum. Students will study novels, poems, magazines, and reports, and will describe, design, and produce effective media works and an independent study project. Students will listen actively and critically to learn in the light of gospel values. They will present information, ideas and knowledge clearly and with sensitivity to others. An important focus will be the thoughtful use of spoken and written language.
Prerequisite: Grade 9 English, Academic or Applied

English LOCALLY DEVELOPED: ENG 2L
Grade 10 students will continue to develop the skills begun in their language curriculum. These skills are developed from a Catholic worldview, which integrates learning from various subject areas experiences and faith traditions. This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need for success in secondary school and in their daily lives. In particular, the program works toward preparing students to enter the College-level English stream and to complete the literacy test successfully. Students read a variety of narrative and expository forms, poetry, and drama and practice the skills necessary for clear and accurate spoken and written language. Course will include an independent study. In particular, course activities will help develop confidence and self-esteem and provide motivation to succeed in school and life.
Prerequisite: ENG 1L

English University Preparation: ENG3U
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyze challenging texts from various periods; conduct research and analyze the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyze the relationship among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. Using and integrating the Catholic faith tradition, they will critically analyze the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance their understanding of life. An important focus will be on understanding the development of the English language. Independent Study is a required component.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic

English College Preparation: ENG3C
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literary works from Canada and other countries; write reports, correspondence, and persuasive essays; and analyze media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. Using and integrating the Catholic faith tradition, they will critically analyze the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance their understanding of life. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity. Independent Study is a required component.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Applied

English Workplace Preparation: ENG3E
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literary works; write explanations, letters, and reports; and investigate the connections among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. Using and integrating the Catholic faith tradition, they will critically analyze the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance their understanding of life. An important focus will be on using language clearly, accurately, and effectively in a variety of contexts. Independent Study is a required component.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Applied

OPTIONAL: Media Studies, Grade 11, Open, EMS 3O
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. All media study will integrate Catholic faith tradition with an emphasis on the development of just and compassionate society. Through analyzing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgment, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

English University Preparation: ENG4U

This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Grade 12 students will continue to focus on speaking, writing, listening and responding honestly, sensitively, and in the light of the gospel values. Students will analyze a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures; write analytical and argumentative essays and a major paper for an independent literary research project; and apply key concepts to analyze media works. An important focus will be on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

English College Preparation: ENG4C
This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Grade 12 students will continue to focus on speaking, writing, listening and responding honestly, sensitively, and in the light of the Gospel values. Students will analyze informational texts and literary works from various time periods, countries, and cultures; write research reports, summaries, and short analytical essays; complete an independent study project; and analyze the interactions among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate style and using business and technical language effectively.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, College Preparation

English Workplace Preparation: ENG4E
Students will develop the skills necessary to become a collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work, which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good. This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will study informational texts and literature from various countries and cultures; write summaries, reports, resumes, and short essays; complete an independent research project; and explain the connections among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on using specialized language related to the workplace accurately and coherently in appropriate contexts.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation

OPTIONAL: Ontario Literacy Course, Grade 12, Open: OLC 4O
This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. It is an alternative way for students to demonstrate the provincial literacy skills required for graduation.

OPTIONAL: Studies in Literature, ETS 4U
This course is for students with a special interest in literature. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. Students will analyze a range of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also write reflection and analytical essays, participate in formal debates and seminars, and complete an independent study project.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

OPTIONAL: The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12, EWC 4U

University Preparation
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyze models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. Students will think reflectively while creating, adapting and evaluating new ideas as they develop the God given potential to think and write. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.
Prerequisite: English Grade 11, University Preparation

 

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