English

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE YEAR 3-ENGLISH 8

(MEN-08-IB)

The aim of English Language Arts, in conjunction with the Middle Years Programme, is to provide students with opportunities for personal and intellectual growth through speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing, and representing to make meaning of the world and to prepare them to participate effectively in all aspects of society.

The goals are to comprehend and respond to oral and written  language critically, creatively, and articulately while communicating, ideas, and information.” (Source: Ministry of Education)

 

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE YEAR 4-ENGLISH 9

(MEN-09-IB)

The English 9 course, in conjunction with the Middle Years Programme,  will adhere to the provincially prescribed curriculum as documented in the English Language 8 to 10 Integrated Resource Package. The English 9 course will build on reading, writing and speaking skills developed in English 8 that enable students to comprehend and respond to a variety of literary genres.

In English 9, students will explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction, short stories, novels, poetry, drama (including selections from Shakespearean plays) and films.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE YEAR 5 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10

IMPORTANT: English Language Arts 10 in conjunction with the Middle Years Programme is being redesigned in the new BC curriculum. Students will now be able to choose one of the following four course offerings (for a total of 4 credits). Please note all options have the same curricular outcomes, and all options will require reading, writing, speaking, listening.

The English Language Arts 10 courses will build on skills developed in English 8 and 9 that enable students to comprehend and respond to a variety of literary genres. Students will continue to develop and work towards greater sophistication in their language and communication of ideas and make personal connections to what they read, hear and view.  Appreciation of literature will continue to be a focus in all course offerings.

 NEW MEDIA 10 YEAR 5 (MNMD10-IB-2 CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS)

RECOMMENDATION: This course will meet the needs of most students.

Students will delve deeply into literature while developing higher level thinking and learning skills to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world. There will be numerous opportunities to demonstrate understanding and communicate ideas through a wide variety of digital and print media. (These courses will include various styles of essay writing, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, film and media studies. It may include journalism, publishing and digital communication such as blogging and social media as well as multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)

 COMPOSITION 10 YEAR 5 (MCMPS10-IB-2 CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS)

RECOMMENDATION: For students who require support for foundational English skills.

Students will explore a variety of literary texts and forms to support them in their development of written and oral communication through critical processes. Students will read and study compositions and consider a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. Students will learn the processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising as well as how to cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source. These courses builds students’ competencies and gives opportunities to communicate ideas through a wide variety of expressions.(This course may include but is not limited to various styles of writing, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, and multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)

 CREATIVE WRITING 10 YEAR 5 (MCTWR10-IB-2CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS

RECOMMENDATION: This course will meet the needs of most students.

Students will delve deeply into literature while developing higher level thinking and learning skills to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world. Students will explore and apply various writing processes and will be encouraged to express themselves creatively. Students will experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing. (These courses may include but is not limited to various styles of essay writing, creative non-fiction, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, graphic novels, multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)

PRE-AP CREATIVE WRITING 10 YEAR 5 (MCTWR10-IB-2CREDITS) AND FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 10 YEAR 5 (MLTST10-IB-2 CREDITS

RECOMMENDATION: For students interested in pursuing Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition in Grade 12 who have high academic standing, good work habits and the recommendation of their teacher. Note that this course is for motivated, independent, mature English students who enjoy reading, writing and discussing each others’ ideas.

Students will delve deeply into literature while developing higher level thinking and learning skills to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world. Students will explore and apply various writing processes and will be encouraged to express themselves creatively. Students will experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing. (These courses may include but is not limited to various styles of essay writing, creative non-fiction, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, graphic novels, multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 11

IMPORTANT: English Language Arts 11 is being redesigned in the new BC curriculum. Students will now be able to choose one of the following two course offerings (for a total of 4 credits). Please note both options have the same curricular outcomes, and all options will require reading, writing, speaking, listening.

The English Language Arts 11 courses will build on skills developed in English 8, 9  and 10 that enable students to comprehend and respond to a variety of literary genres. Students will continue to develop and work towards greater sophistication in their language and communication of ideas and make personal connections to what they read, hear and view.  Appreciation of literature will continue to be a focus in both course offerings.

FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 11

(MLTST11 ~ 4 CREDITS)

RECOMMENDATION: This course will meet the needs of most students.

In Focused Literary Studies 11, students develop strong communication skills in both speaking and writing. They are given many opportunities to express their ideas, thoughts, and opinions, both orally and in writing. Students review punctuation, grammar, syntax, diction and mechanics to enable them to communicate clearly; they will write in narrative, descriptive and expository modes. Students also experience the complexity and versatility of the English language by reading and studying the short story, the novel, poetry, Shakespearean drama and the essay. Students will be expected to analyze text and respond critically in the literary essay. Students will be encouraged to participate in class and small group discussions so that they can share ideas and develop their oral communication and listening skills.

PRE-AP FOCUSED LITERARY STUDIES 11 (Pre-Advanced Placement)

(MLTST11 ~ 4 CREDITS)

RECOMMENDATION: High academic standing in English 10 PRE-Advanced Placement, a good work habits mark and the recommendation of their teacher.

English 11 Pre-AP is designed for students who wish to pursue Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition 12. The Pre-AP program expands on the variety of the literary genres and includes selections and authors as in the IB prescribed World Literature list. In addition, students will complete detailed study of Shakespearean plays and groups of work focusing on Person and Society. Students will be encouraged to think reflectively and respond critically about texts and make connections between literature and life. The literary essay will be introduced at this time. As the workload is greater than that of a regular class, Pre AP English 11 is a course for motivated, independent, mature English students who enjoy reading, writing and discussing each others’ ideas.

ENGLISH STUDIES 12

(MENST–12 ~ 4 CREDITS)

The English 12 course will adhere to the provincially prescribed curriculum as detailed in the English Language Arts 12 New Curriculum documents.

In order to meet the demands of post-secondary institutions, students will be introduced to a wide range of powerful and relevant literature and media works, that address both traditional and contemporary themes.  Areas of study will address all six strands of English (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, representing) and will include short prose, poetry, novel studies, drama, media and writing. Students will continue to develop their skills and work toward levels of greater sophistication in their ability to read and respond, communicate and appreciate literature.

ENGLISH FIRST PEOPLES 12 

(MENFP12 ~ 4 CREDITS)

First Peoples English 12 has been offered in BC since 2008 as an English 12 course that meets the same graduation requirements and university acceptance standards as English 12. This is our first year of offering it at Rockridge Secondary. This course will adhere to the provincially prescribed curriculum as detailed in the First Peoples English Language Arts 12 New Curriculum documents.

This course builds upon and extends students’ previous learning experiences in ELA 10 and 11 courses. In order to meet the demands of post-secondary institutions, this course addresses all six strands of English (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, representing) and will include short prose, poetry, novel studies, drama, media and writing. Students will develop their skills and work toward levels of greater sophistication in their ability to read and respond, communicate and appreciate literature. The course is grounded in the First Peoples Principles of Learning. It is designed for all students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and focuses on the experiences, values, beliefs, and lived realities of First Peoples as evidenced in various forms of text, including oral story, poetry, song, performance, film, and prose. A key feature of the course is its focus on authentic First Peoples voices (i.e., historical or contemporary texts created by or with First Peoples).

 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12

(MEN-12, AELC-12 ~ 4 CREDITS EACH)

RECOMMENDATION: High academic standing in PRE-AP (Pre-Advanced Placement) English 11, a good work habits mark and recommendation of the teacher.

The Advanced Placement Program consists of college courses and exams designed for highly motivated students in secondary schools. Students may progress from Pre AP English 10 to Pre AP English 11 though these courses are not required pre-requisites. In their grade 12 year, students take English 12 and Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition concurrently in one block of time.

In grade 12, AP students will take the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition 12 Exam in the spring.

Note: For English 12 APELC there is an exam fee of approximately $135.00 each.

The aim of this course to enhance students’ literacy through the study of a body of works representative of the literary heritage of English-speaking peoples. It offers senior students opportunities to examine and appreciate this rich heritage. Reading widely is an important factor in academic success. By reading works that are sophisticated in thought and style, students strengthen their aesthetic appreciation and critical judgment.

The curriculum covers selections of CORE works from each of the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century. Additional modules of Prose, Drama and Poetry are integrated historically with the CORE selections to provide complementary in-depth studies.

COMPOSITION 12

(MCMPS12~4 CREDITS)

Composition 12 is an elective academic writing course designed to help support students in their development of written communication through critical processes. Students will read and study compositions and consider a variety of styles as models for the development of their writing. Students will learn the processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising as well as how to cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source. This course builds students’ competencies and gives opportunities to communicate ideas through a wide variety of expressions. (This course may include but is not limited to various styles of writing, novels, poetry, drama, oral presentations, and multimodal creative forms that combine visual, written, and oral texts.)

CREATIVE WRITING 12 BLENDED LEARNING

(MCTWR12-BL ~ 4 CREDITS)

Writing 12 is an elective creative writing course for students willing to discover more about themselves and the world in which they live through their endeavours in written expression. In order to accomplish this task with any modicum of personal triumph, a student in this course must be ready to listen with an open mind, be prepared to speak out loud, write frequently and extensively, and be courageous enough to challenge themselves and stretch their creativity. During the year students will have the opportunity to write in a number of different genres including creative non-fiction, personal essays, short fiction, children’s literature, and writing for the screen and stage.

There is no final exam for this course and it is open to students in both grade 11 and 12. Assessment is based on a rubric and will be evaluated by both the teacher and the student. Please see more information about this course on page 14 in the Blended Learning Courses section of this booklet.

 

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