English Language Arts is about communication:
reading, viewing, and listening in order to gain knowledge and insight and then writing, speaking and representing to demonstrate ideas and comprehension.
This course focuses heavily on developing analytical writing skills, while still offering plenty of student choice in regards to texts, topics, and assignments.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: (from Alberta Learning Curriculum Guide)
Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:
1. explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
2. comprehend and respond personally, critically and creatively to literature and to other texts in oral, print, visual and multimedia forms.
3. manage ideas and information.
4. enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
5. respect, support and collaborate with others.
(Detailed curricular outcomes can be found at the bottom of this page)
COURSE WORK: Tasks are broken into Activities and Assignments
Activities: Guided Learning
- These include (but are not limited to): assigned text readings, assigned video/film viewings, questions based on assigned readings and viewings, assigned research and terminology review.
Assignments: Assessment of Learning
- These include (but are not limited to): literary analysis paragraphs, reflective journals, essays, a variety of creative projects, and a multi-media video project
TESTS / QUIZZES: Assessment of Learning
- These come in a variety of formats including: multiple choice, short answer, long answer, and in-class essays
- Tests/ quizzes are designed to be completed in class under teacher supervision
UNITS OF STUDY:
*** See below for a brief description and page link for each module
*** Whenever possible, student writing will be assessed using The English Language Arts Personal Response to Text and Critical / Analytical Response to Text marking rubrics as developed by (OR ADAPTED FROM) Alberta Education OR any other appropriately categorized rubric to ensure students understand the criteria by which their work is being graded.
(SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY TEACHER ADMINISTERING COURSE)
M1: Intro and Vocab 5%
M2: Short Story 10%
M3: Modern Drama 15%
M4: Film Study 10%
M5: Poetry and Visual Text 12%
M6: Shakespeare 22%
M7: Independent Novel Study 6%
PART A- Written Response 10%
PART B- M/C Reading Comp 10%
For more details on the ELA Program of Studies, view the document below.
Module 1 - Introduction and Vocabulary
Introduction, permission forms, and a course-spanning vocabulary assignment designed to expand student vocabulary organically and promote comprehension-improving active reading skills.
Module 2 - Short Story
To make a long story short: Students will read and respond to short stories.
Module 3 - Modern Play: The Crucible
Exploring themes of revenge, deception, persecution, mob mentality, and moral integrity. Focus on critical/analytical response to text.
Module 4 - Film Study: Sweeney Todd OR Finding Forrester
Student CHOICE! A blood and gore musical about revenge OR an intellectual drama about writing, friendship, and integrity.
Module 5 - Poetry and Visual Text
Students explore poetry, sharpen their knowledge of rhetorical devices and symbolism, then create the ultimate multimedia poetry project.
Module 6 - Shakespearian Play: Macbeth
A classic play with a fresh approach. Active study has choices galore as students write personal journals and complete creative assignments to demonstrate their understanding of content and theme.
Module 7 - Independent Novel Study: Personal Choice
What's not to love here!?! Students CHOOSE their novel then choose from a variety of unique projects to demonstrate their comprehension and creative abilities.