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Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Language & Literature (English Language Arts) Courses
Language & Literature Year 3 / English Language Arts 8
Students will explore the writing process through a variety of means: journal entries, expository paragraphs, narrative stories, dramatic scripts, poetic forms, notes and letters. Students will also investigate a variety of literary forms and genres: short stories, poetry, novels (historical and contemporary) and mythology. Oral skills will be enhanced through a variety of formal and informal discussions, debates, speeches and dramatic presentations. The course also includes: research skills, vocabulary building, spelling rules, parts of speech, sentence types and punctuation.

Language & Literature Year 4 / English Language Arts 9
English 9 explores a variety of writing styles and places emphasis on the importance of literature. Throughout the school year, students review paragraph writing and focus on the expository (compare and contrast) essay format. The mechanics of grammar, such as advanced comma use, the semicolon, colon, and transitions are taught and strengthened through writing. Critical thinking is encouraged through the examination of specific literary genres and the production of creative writing. The importance of structure is stressed in the writing of a business letter and the usage of proper letter formatting and composition. Various genres of literature are studied, including short stories, novels, poetry and drama.

Language & Literature Year 5 / English Language Arts (Literary Studies & Composition) 10 4 credits​
Language and Literature 10 is comprised of literary studies, media studies and composition.  This course is designed to engage students in the study of both traditional literature and other forms of media, as well as to support them in their development of written and oral communication.  Language and Literature 10 allows students to delve more deeply into literature as they explore specific themes, periods, authors, and areas of the world through literary works in a variety of media. Students will:
  • increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts
  • enhance their development of the English Language Arts curricular competencies, both expressive and receptive           
  • expand their development as educated global citizens, developing balance and broadening their understanding of themselves within the world
  • develop higher-level thinking and learning skills
  • critically examine varied structures, forms, and styles of compositions
  • build writing competencies (drafting, reflecting, and revising)
  • increase the ability to present ideas orally and visually
  • engage in the critical process of questioning, exploring, and sampling
Course Outline, Language and Literature, gr10.pdf

English Language Arts (Literary Studies) 11  4 credits​
Literary Studies 11 allows students to delve deeply into literature. Students explore specific themes, peri-ods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Giving students the choice of a range of literary topics allows them to follow their passion. Students increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts. They enhance their development of the English Language Arts curricular competencies, both expressive and receptive, expand their development as educated global citizens, develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world while further developing higher-level thinking and learning skills.

English Studies 12  4 credits

How does literature engender meaningful connection between self, text and world? What is the relationship like between individuals and society in various contexts? How do we construct identity? How have authors explored these questions through literature? In this course, we will explore these questions by looking at how texts are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed, as well as how language shapes and influences the ideas we share. We will read, discuss and create texts in a variety of genres, and learn to pose our own big questions through class discussion and individual inquiry. In a student-centred and dynamic environment, students will demonstrate their understanding by producing texts in a variety of genres and participating in class discussion, both to build upon their previous understanding and to help them continue to develop and enrich their English language skills, preparing them for success in their post-secondary endeavours.

Creative Writing 11/12 is designed for students who are interested in using writing for self-expression and various creative purposes. The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to become better writers through the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Within a supportive community, students will collaborate and develop their skills through writing and design processes. Creative Writing 11/12 invites students to express themselves creatively as they experiment with, reflect on, extend, and refine their writing.  Throughout the term, writers will have a chance to work in a variety of genres, including short stories, screenplays, poetry, flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction.

IB Diploma Programme: English A: Language and Literature 11 4 credits

IB Diploma Programme: English A: Language and Literature 12 (SL or HL) 4 credits each

English A: Language and Literature is a two-year course that introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary forms and non literary text-types. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption. The course is organized into three areas of exploration and seven central concepts, and focuses on the study of both literary or non-literary texts. Together, the three areas of exploration of the course allow the student to explore the language A in question through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy.  Students may enrol is 1-3 IB Diploma Programme courses for certificates.