This course is designed to develop an appreciation for language through reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. Students will work in a Writer’s Workshop setting to learn and improve writing skills with daily practice. Studies of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, myths and folktales will provide guides for the writing process. Students will be introduced to project research skills. Creating visual art projects using various media will also be emphasized.


This course develops a variety of communication skills focusing on effective expository writing as well as critical and creative responses to texts such as:  The Maze Runner and War Brothers – The Graphic Novel, and at least one live theatre experience (M.T.Y.P.).  Independent reading, writing and illustrating a children’s picture book and Vlogging are also included.  The course concludes with an exam related to the topics/themes taught throughout the year.

10F  (1.0 cr.)

This course gives students many opportunities to gain competency in the six language arts skills. They have the opportunity to listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent in a variety of combinations and relevant contexts. Students will study novels, short stories, poetry, plays and film.

11G Images of Faith: Enhancing Visual Literacy  (0.5 cr.)

By studying visual images, many focusing on faith cultures of the world, students will develop the ability to read visual texts with greater confidence, understanding, and skill. Students will respond to texts with learning logs and the creation of their own texts such as posters, graffiti art, logos, collages, line drawings, cartoons and tile. Students will look at religious allusions and symbols in films, responding to their observations in written form.

20F  (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisite: Language Arts 10F

This course continues to develop the six language arts skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Content will focus on awareness of social issues represented in plays, films and novels. We will focus on developing creative writing skills, use of literary terms, grammar skills, essay writing and formal writing skills. Students will work on public speaking skills through interviewing and presenting.

30S Literary Focus  (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisite: Language Arts 20F

There is an emphasis on acquiring and developing critical skills which enable the students to develop a better appreciation of various literary forms. Two main areas of study will be debating and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

40S Comprehensive Focus  (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisite: Language Arts 30S

This course will emphasize a study of selected novels and other literary and visual texts, with a focus on writing and grammar skills and preparation for the Provincial Grade 12 English Language Arts exam. Students will also analyze media’s impact on society to develop research and critical analysis skills in essay writing.

40S Literary Focus  (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisite: Language Arts 30S

This course focuses on literary theories. The emphasis will be on analyzing text critically through the following lenses: Psychoanalytical, Feminist, Marxist and Archetypal. Texts will include, but are not limited to poems, short stories, song lyrics, popular culture, articles, documentaries, novels and plays. Creation of students’ own literary pieces will form a part of this program as well.

40S Transactional Focus  (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisite: Language Arts 30S

Transactional language is practical – the language of communicating information. This course focuses on forms such as business writing, magazine articles, television, advertising and group presentations, as well as a traditional thesis essay (on Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye) and a skills-based exam.

42S Literary Specialization  (1.0 cr.)

Advanced Placement: Modern Literature from Around the World

Prerequisite: Comprehensive Focus 40S – average of 75% or higher

This course emphasizes modern literature from different areas of the world and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in May. Authors studied may include: Dostoevsky, Eagan, Conrad, Patchett, Mehta, Davies, Rushdie and others.