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Through providing opportunities for students to apply critical and divergent thinking skills to analyze a variety of different texts and engage with both concrete and abstract concepts, the English department helps students develop the ability communicate clearly in a variety of different contexts and for various audiences, take risks in the curation and creation of language to reveal new facets of their world and selves, and seek authentic engagement with texts, ideas, and people. By developing an appreciation for literature and language, and respect for the influence our manner of communication has, students can articulate the importance of individuals’ stories to their greater purpose and identity, build up those around them, as well as apply the skills they develop into deepening their personal walk with God.

Graduation Requirements Statement

To graduate, students must take one full-year English Language Arts 10 Course, one English Language Arts 11 Course and English Studies 12.

GENERAL
Humanities 9

Humanities 9 is a double block to allow for interdisciplinary learning between Social Studies 9 and English 9.  The curriculum is integrated to better allow students to make connections between the world they are in and themselves.  They will be challenged to think critically, as they engage with a variety of texts and stories to experience collaborative learning and how to exchange ideas in meaningful ways. Students will work towards increasingly sophisticated methods of communication in order to effectively articulate ideas to achieve our purpose as writers.  Students learn how historical forces – have had an impact on the world. In particular, they will study the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, and modern-day revolutionary movements.  In addition, we will study the formation of Canada as a nation, the development of democracy, and persisting societal inequalities. Students will explore themes of immigration, First Nations history and culture, geography, and politics. 

Literary Studies and Composition 10

Prerequisite: English 9

Graduation Requirement: English Language Arts 10

Description:

The Literary Studies 10 course aims to open students’ eyes to the richness of literature with its cultural and historical roots. Students will be expected to make connections between the story and their own lives, expressing their ideas and supporting them with evidence from the appropriate texts. As this course forms the foundation of the senior level English program, students will be expected to read and engage with a variety of texts in both non-fiction and fiction, crafting argumentative and persuasive essays to demonstrate their understanding.

Composition 10 is designed to develop students’ ability to appreciate the written form of language as well as the art of public expression. Students will be trained to apply standard conventions of the English language in their writing. As this course forms the foundation of the senior level English program, students will be expected to express and articulate their opinions and experiences in an increasingly sophisticated manner, customized to their audience. They will purposefully develop a more comprehensive vocabulary with which to express their ideas effectively.

English 10/11 Accelerated

Prerequisite: English 9 (at least 86%) and Written Assessment

Graduation Requirement: English Language Arts 10 and English Language Arts 11

Description:

English 10/11 Accelerated is intended for students who are gifted in communication, critical and divergent thinking, and literary analysis and explication, providing a greater depth and breadth of exposure to literature, philosophy, and rhetoric.  It combines texts from both the Literary Studies 10, Composition 10 and Literary Study 11 curricula, demanding more in terms of quality and quantity in both reading and writing, but preparing students well for more advanced coursework in language arts.

Recommendations:

  • Students should be highly proficient in formal essay writing and writing conventions.
  • Students should be extending in their critical and divergent thinking skills.
  • Students should be extending in their reading comprehension skills.
English Studies 12

Prerequisite: A Language Arts 11 Course and Grade 11 standing

Graduation Requirement: English Studies 12

Description:

Language is one of the means by which we commune with God. Much of contemporary English owes its vocabulary and beauty to the Bible, rendering God’s Word as the definite text for cross-referencing. English Studies 12 places emphasis on the skills of comprehension, literary analysis and expository expression. The students will be trained to apply linguistic skills to the practical demands of university education and the work world. Students will investigate the different genres of writing, which leads to an appreciation of the formalities and elegance of the English language. Extensive reading, intensive inquiry and conscientiousness cannot be compromised.

CREATIVE WRITING
Creative Writing 11

Prerequisite: A Full-Year English Language Arts 10 Course

Graduation Requirement: English Language Arts 11

Description:

God chooses to speak to us through story and poetry, and even describes Himself as The Word (John 1:1). Creative expression is a part of His nature, and, being made in His likeness, we flourish when we explore our character traits that are fashioned after Him. Participants will write, edit and rewrite in a variety of forms, including, but not limited to, narrative essay, scripts, short fiction, memoirs, and poetry. Students may choose from many genres yet will master literary elements and devices. Workshopping hones critical thinking. Students should expect to produce multiple drafts of the same piece to continually refine their process. This course develops expressive, emotional beings who are healthy persuaders and lucid communicators.

Recommendations:

  • Students should be able to write independently and sustain focus.
  • Students should be able to handle constructive criticism from teacher and peers well.
Creative Writing 12

Prerequisite: A Language Arts 11 Course

Graduation Requirement: Elective

Description:

God’s Word is filled with an array of genres and forms, and our age of communication continues these ways of communicating. Effective persuaders and imaginative writers are able to envision and empower others in both research and workplace situations. Building on Creative Writing 11, participants will go beyond recognizing and identifying the traits of effective writing in their work and others’ but will understand and appreciate the nuances of powerful writing. Using an array of genres and forms, students write with figurative and literal language. Workshopping skills will develop the maturity to give and receive vital feedback for a better product and will use professional “Best Practices” of writing.

Recommendations:

  • Students should be able to write independently and sustain focus.
  • Students should be able to handle constructive criticism from teacher and peers well.
COMPOSITION
Composition 11

Prerequisite: A Full-Year English Language Arts 10 Course

Graduation Requirement: English Language Arts 11

Description:

Composition 11 allows students to explore the craft of writing, equipping them to make intentional writing choices for various purposes, audiences, and contexts.  Through discussion and instruction on the writing process, revision, rhetoric, dialogue, and textual analysis, students will be given the opportunity to respond both personally and academically in ways that are respectful of the truth, themselves, and others.  While intended to prepare students for formal academic essay writing, the scope of Composition 11 also allows students flexibility in their responses to literature, non-fiction, personal writing, and media.  Ultimately, the goal of composition is to teach students how to use God’s gift of language for “building others up according to their needs” and “speak[ing] the truth in love” (Ephesians).

AP® English Language and Composition

Prerequisite: A Language Arts 11 Course (min 90%) at RCS and successful completion of a written assessment

Graduation Requirement: English Studies 12 (See Additional Information)

Description:

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is designed to give students opportunities to pursue advanced studies in argument, academic discourse, rhetoric, reading, synthesis, and composition – these skills not only help ensure future academic success in post-secondary studies, but allow students to become critical consumers of literature, media, and discourse, contributing in an articulate and intelligent way their own thoughts and ideas through application of creativity, and both critical and divergent thinking. Students will be prepared to write research essays of various types, provincial exams, and three specific pieces (those included on the AP exam) – synthesis essays, rhetorical analyses, and argumentative essays – requiring application of a rhetorical mindset when both reading and writing, and a scholarly approach to research and reading, trading predatory reading and confirmation bias for objectivity and the pursuit of truth.  To develop the skills necessary for university level English writing, students will read extensively non-fiction (including visual texts, contemporary essays, speeches, letters) and literature centered around a variety of themes and issues worthy of significant dialogue – preparation and participation in class discussions and activities and intended to model and help develop skills in preparation for the AP Exam, and course assignments.

Recommendations:

  • Students should be highly proficient in formal essay writing and writing conventions.
  • Students should be extending in their critical and divergent thinking skills.
  • Students should be extending in their reading comprehension skills.

Additional Information:

  • Students in the course will get credit for both English Studies 12 and AP English Language and Composition.
  • There is an optional AP exam (fees apply).