Course Description

This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Unit Titles and DescriptionsTime Allocated

A diverse collection of poetry and short stories provides students with the opportunity to read a wide variety of texts and to explore, discuss, and write about different text features and stylistic elements.

25 hours
Drama and Media Studies

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (both the play and modern productions) acts as starting points into an exploration of modern situation comedy formulas, timeless humor, script adaptation, target audience, casting, and advertising. Students will complete a number of assignments by focusing on the theme of adapting the Twelfth Night for a modern television audience.

25 hours
Novel Study â€“ Skud or The Chrysalids

There are two novels to choose from in this unit. On reading, a longer work of fiction students will bring several reading and writing skills to their assignments. The novels are presented in the following ways: students are asked to read the novel in sections. In each section, students are provided with some comments on the characters and details from the plot. The notes will comment on the main characters as students get to know them. Because the novel contains some difficult vocabulary, definitions for words students may not know are provided. Each section of the novel will contain an idea from the novel to write about and submit to the teacher for evaluation.

30 hours
Youth Power!

This unit focuses on the development and understanding of active listening skills, good note-taking, planning an effective presentation, and speaking skills and vocal strategies. Students will listen to, and critically engage with a variety of lectures and presentations. Students will also plan, prepare, and deliver their own oral presentations in video format.

28 hours
Final Assessment

This is a proctored exam worth 30% of your final grade.

2 hours
Total110 hours

Resources required by the student:

Note: This course is entirely online and does not require or rely on any textbook.

  • Novel: Skud by Dennis Foon or The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Resources provided by the Institute of Canadian Education:

  • A variety of plays and other required readings

Overall Curriculum Expectations

A. Oral Communication
A1Listening to Understand: listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes;
A2Speaking to Communicate: use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes;
A3Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication situations.
B. Reading and Literature Studies
B1Reading for Meaning: read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, informational, and graphic texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;
B2Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate an understanding of how they help communicate meaning;
B3Reading With Fluency: use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently;
B4Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.
C. Writing
C1Developing and Organizing Content: generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
C2Using Knowledge of Form and Style: draft and revise their writing, using a variety of literary, informational, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience;
C3Applying Knowledge of Conventions: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively;
C4Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process.
D. Media Studies
D1Understanding Media Texts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts;
D2Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques: identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
D3Creating Media Texts: create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
D4Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.


Teaching and Learning Strategies:

English 1D presents students with what is likely their first experiences with Shakespearean comedy, it provides choice for students as to which novels they study, and it introduces the concept of the anthology which contains accessible poems and short stories, all of which become material for student reflections, discussions, and writing.

  • Beginning by studying the concept of what an anthology is, students are presented with a variety of verse forms.
  • The emphasis on the poetry section is on reading for meaning by introducing literary terms through the use of videos and relating these concepts directly to the poems under study.
  • Videos in the course illustrate topics such as creating video, literary devices, and MLA formatting.
  • Videos present animations and audio clips that deal with the elements of fiction: plot, setting, and characterization, as well as literary terms, for use in the study of the stories.
  • The study of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night focuses on the playwright’s use of devices that are now commonly seen in media, specifically in romantic and situation comedies.
  • Rather than conducting an exhaustive study of the play, at this level teachers have students keep a portfolio of their reflections on scenes that advance the plot.


Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Strategies of Student Performance:

Our theory of assessment and evaluation follows the Ministry of Education’s Growing Success document, and it is our firm belief that doing so is in the best interests of students. We seek to design assessments in such a way as to make it possible to gather and show evidence of learning in a variety of ways to gradually release responsibility to the students and to give multiple and varied opportunities to reflect on learning and receive detailed feedback.

Growing Success articulates the vision the Ministry has for the purpose and structure of assessment and evaluation techniques. There are seven fundamental principles that ensure best practices and procedures of assessment and evaluation by ICE teachers. ICE assessments and evaluations,

  • are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students;
  • support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning the language of instruction (English or French), and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit;
  • are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs, and experiences of all students;
  • are communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the course and at other points throughout the school year or course;
  • are ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;
  • provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support improved learning and achievement;
  • develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to assess their own learning, set specific goals, and plan next steps for their learning.

The Final Grade:

The evaluation for this course is based on the student’s achievement of curriculum expectations and the demonstrated skills required for effective learning. The final percentage grade represents the quality of the student’s overall achievement of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline. A credit is granted and recorded for this course if the student’s grade is 50% or higher. The final grade will be determined as follows:

  • 70% of the grade will be based upon evaluations conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade will reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration will be given to more recent evidence of achievement.
  • 30% of the grade will be based on final evaluations administered at the end of the course. The final assessment may be a final exam, a final project, or a combination of both an exam and a project.

The Report Card:

Student achievement will be communicated formally to students via an official report card. Report cards are issued at the midterm point in the course, as well as upon completion of the course. Each report card will focus on two distinct, but related aspects of student achievement. First, the achievement of curriculum expectations is reported as a percentage grade. Additionally, the course median is reported as a percentage. The teacher will also provide written comments concerning the student’s strengths, areas for improvement, and next steps. Second, the learning skills are reported as a letter grade, representing one of four levels of accomplishment. The report card also indicates whether an OSSD credit has been earned. Upon completion of a course, ICE will send a copy of the report card back to the student’s home school (if in Ontario) where the course will be added to the ongoing list of courses on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript. The report card will also be sent to the student’s home address.

Program Planning Considerations:

Teachers who are planning a program in this subject will make an effort to take into account considerations for program planning that align with the Ontario Ministry of Education policy and initiatives in a number of important areas.

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Anthology
Elements of Narrative Plot Graph Note 00:00:00
Introduction to Short Stories 00:00:00
Plot Study 00:00:00
Poetry Unit Map 00:00:00
Comic Assignment10, 00:00
Narration10, 00:00
Character Profile10, 00:00
Tell Tale Heart10, 00:00
Slam Poetry Assignment10, 00:00
Section 2: Drama and Media Studies
Board notes all Acts 00:00:00
Intro To Twelfth Night 00:00:00
Themes 00:00:00
TW Reading Shakespeare Skill 7 00:00:00
Twelfth Night Essay Outline10, 00:00
Twelfth Nigh Essay10, 00:00
Twelfth Night Questions10, 00:00
Section 3: Novel Study
Chrysalids Intro Notes 00:00:00
Chrysalids Novel Note 2 00:00:00
Chrysalids Characters 00:00:00
The Chrysalids 00:00:00
Character analysis assignment10, 00:00
ENG-1D-Chrysalids-Chapter-1-4-Questions10, 00:00
ENG-1D-Chrysalids-Chapter-5-9-Questions10, 00:00
ENG-1D-Chrysalids-Chapter-10-12-Questions10, 00:00
ENG-1D-Chrysalids-Chapter-13-17-Questions10, 00:00
ENG-1D-Chrysalids-Essay10, 00:00
Section 4: Youth Power
Brainstorming Techniques 00:00:00
Blog Review Essay10, 00:00
Writing Biography Assignment10, 00:00
FINAL ISU10, 00:00
Section 5: Resources
Resources 00:00:00

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