The WGSS English Department has a passion for literature. Reading informs and inspires us, transporting us to different times and places, and providing opportunity to see the world through others’ viewpoints. As we connect with literature, we gain insights about who we are, our role in the world, and our interconnectedness as human beings.

 

We are proud to offer a variety of options for English language learners.

Courses Offered

English 8 Options

In grade 8, students will choose one of the following courses. 

Each course is a four credit course that satisfies the ELA requirement for grade 8.

 This course allows students to begin their journey into the world of high school literature. Students explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Students will increase their literacy skills while developing their written and oral communication skills.

This course combines the learning outcomes for English Language Arts 8 and Social Studies 8. All outcomes from each course will be covered in depth as both reading and writing skills are closely integrated in the historical context of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Age of Exploration, including early contact between the French and English with the indigenous people of Canada. Small group activities and judgement activities will lead off the year followed by individual and group work featuring hands-on activities. This specialized examination of history leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation for historical concepts and themes while at the same time developing critical thinking, geography, media, poetry, paragraph writing, the mechanics of writing, and short group-based class presentation skills.

This course provides enrichment for students. Students will have opportunities to express their creativity and imagination through a wide variety of strategies and choice of topics. Individualized assignments and projects are a feature of this course. All applicants are required to complete a writing assessment on Tuesday, March 1. To register for this course, please see the Application on the English Language Arts main site.

Prerequisite:  none

Students taking English 8 in the Gator Pod Program will address the same learning outcomes as students in the regular English 8 program. However, there will be a greater focus on the development of 21st century skills development such as collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Technology will be infused into the program to help bolster these 21st century skills. This is a BYOL “Bring Your Own Laptop” program. As well, students will use more of an inquiry based learning model wherein they will take more initiative and responsibility in many aspects of their learning. Students who wish to undertake enrichment activities to prepare for English 9 Honours are able to do so. Students must apply and interview to be part of this program. The application form, found on this website, is due on Feb 22. The interviews will be on March 2.

English 9 Options

In grade 9, students will choose one of the following courses. 

Each course is a four credit course that satisfies the ELA requirement for grade 9.

Prerequisite: ELA 8/8H or Humanities 8

Students will study language structure, composition, and literature. The emphasis is on the developing students’ written and oral communication skills, on the analysis of narrative, expository and descriptive styles of writing, and on the appreciation of various literary forms.

Prerequisite: ELA 8/8H or Humanities 8

Students taking English 9 BYOL will address the same learning outcomes as students in the regular English 9 program. There will be a greater focus on the development of 21st century skills development such as collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Technology will be infused into the course to help bolster these 21st century skills. This is a BYOL “Bring Your Own Laptop” course. Students taking this course must also sign up for Social Studies 9 BYOL. 

 

Prerequisite: ELA 8, Social Studies 8, or Humanities 8

This course combines the learning outcomes for English 9 and Social Studies 9. All outcomes from each course will be covered in depth as both reading and writing skills are closely integrated in the historical context of the Regional Geography of North America, the age of Political and Economic Revolution in Europe and North America, the Industrial Revolution, and Canada up to the 1880’s. In addition to exploring the topics of literature, poetry, and writing, students will use the processes and skills in the English curriculum to demonstrate knowledge of the Social Studies content. Students will develop a variety of skills, including critical thinking, reading comprehension, essay writing, the mechanics of writing, and the use of media.

Prerequisite: ELA 8/8H or Humanities 8 Honours

ELA is for those students who want the challenge of work that transcends the regular ELA curriculum. In Honours, students are required to do a higher level of reading, writing, and thinking, going beyond basic comprehension skills to an attempt at analysis and synthesis. Students should have the ability and the desire to work independently and in small groups on self-generated, self-directed projects. All applicants will be required to complete a writing assignment on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. They must register using the application form on the English Course Guide page.

English 10 Options

Prerequisite:  ELA 9/9H or Humanities 9

The intent of English Language Arts 10 is to allow students to choose areas of study that best meet their needs and aspirations.

In grade 10, students will choose one of the following courses.  

Each course is a four credit course that satisfies the ELA requirement for grade 10:

Literary Studies and Composition 10 is for students interested in the study of literature who want to develop their skills in written communication in a variety of contexts. The course allows students to explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works. Students will be provided opportunities to think critically about those texts as they explore, extend, and refine their writing. They will also develop higher-level thinking and learning skills.

Literary Studies and Creative Writing 10 is for students interested in the study of literature who want to develop their creative expression through language. The course allows students to explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works. Literature will be read to inspire students to become better writers through the exploration of identity, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Students will collaborate with others and develop their skills through writing and design processes.

Honours ELA is for those students who want the challenge of work that transcends the regular ELA curriculum. In Honours, students are required to do a higher level of reading, writing, and thinking, going beyond basic comprehension skills to an attempt at analysis and synthesis. Students should have the ability and the desire to work independently and in small groups on self-generated, self-directed projects. Students must complete this application form to indicate their interest in being considered for this course.  Students will receive credit for Literary Studies 10 and Creative Writing 10.

All applicants will be required to complete a writing assessment on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

English First Peoples 10 course is open to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and is designed for those who are interested in exploring contemporary texts from outside traditional reading lists. English First Peoples 10 examines the power of storytelling and its influences on cultures and histories. The course surveys Indigenous literatures across a variety of genres including short stories, novels and graphic novels, poems, drama, and film, all created by Indigenous artists from Canada and around the world. English First Peoples 10 incorporates all the composition skills – both academic and creative – that students will require for success in senior English classes.

Students who take this course will receive credit for Literary Studies and Creative Writing 10.

Sports Journalism 10 is designed to allow students to make connections between writing and literature reflecting the world of sport. Students will also develop their writing skills through the lens of sport writing for television, radio, and digital media. They will create blogs or podcasts regarding sports, as well as take in-depth looks at various sports texts. Students will explore the style and substance of sport journalism, cross-platform reporting, written and visual storytelling, shaping language for the ear, interview techniques and the legal impacts of sport reporting. The course will work in association with WGSS school athletics, where students will engage with the school sports teams by viewing games and taking notes, interviewing players and coaches, and maintaining some form of online presence for the teams. Students who take this course will receive credit for Literary Studies and New Media 10.

English 11 Options

In grade 11, students will choose one of the following courses. Students can take more than one ELA course and use the other(s) as electives.

Each course is a four-credit course that satisfies the ELA requirement for grade 11:

For the 2022/23 school year we will be offering EFP Literary Studies and Writing 11 in place of this course.

This course allows students to delve deeply into literature. Students explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Students will increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts, expand their development as educated global citizens, and further develop higher-level thinking skills. Possible areas of focus: world literature, genre-specific studies (poetry, drama, graphic novels), specific topic, theme, or inquiry, literature by author or era. Students who may be interested in taking AP English Literature & Composition 12 in their Grade 12 year are encouraged to choose Literary Studies 11 or English 11 Honours as their ELA 11 option.

For the 2022/23 school year we will be offering EFP Literary Studies and Writing 11 in place of this course.

This course is designed for students who are interested in developing confidence and refining their writing skills through self-expression for various creative purposes. Students will explore personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres. Creative Writing 11 is grounded in the exploration and application of writing processes, inviting students to express themselves creatively as they reflect on, adjust, and extend their writing skills. Possible areas of focus: short fiction and non-fiction, genres such as children’s literature, fantasy, dystopian literature, script writing, poetry, articles, and memoirs.

The Advanced Placement course in Language & Composition offers an alternative to regular ELA 11 for those students who appreciate an academic challenge and possess a sincere interest in becoming skilled writers for a variety of purposes. In their studies, students will become aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students who successfully complete this course will be receiving eight graduation credits: four credits for Composition 11 and four credits for AP English Language & Composition 12. Students will have the option to write the AP Language & Composition exam in May (approximate fee $135). If a student scores 4 or 5 on the exam, they have the option to receive credit for a first-year university course. Students will also be prepared for the English 12 Advanced Literature & Composition class the following year.

Students interested in AP English Language & Composition 12 must complete this application form. All applicants will be required to complete a writing assessment.

The Ministry uses this as your ELA 11 graduation requirement.

*Students in the Edge Program can take this course in addition to the Literary Studies 11 course that they take in Edge program. It will be an additional course in their schedule, and they will receive 4 credits for AP Language and Composition.

For the 2022/23 school year we will be offering EFP Literary Studies and Writing 11 in place of this course.

Some things are meant to be watched, not just read. In our Literature through Script course, students will be placing a special emphasis on viewing and staging performances of famous pieces of literature, as well as creating their own. No previous performance experience is required: all are welcome! This course is designed to support students as they refine, clarify, and adjust their spoken communication though practice and revision. This course provides opportunities for students to study, create, write, and present original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes and real-world audiences.

For the 2022/23 school year we will be offering EFP Literary Studies and Writing 11 in place of this course.

Literally Diverse Literature 11 is an English course offering a diverse range of literature (digital media, spoken word, visual/artistic, poetic, social media platforms, and more) through a de-canonized lens. The purpose of this course is to decolonize the English classroom by interrupting traditional literature and encouraging diversity in literature from Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, 2 Spirit and countless affirmative ways in which people have chosen to self-identify (LGBTQIA2S+), and diversely abled voices and stories. LDL 10 explores and amplifies voices that are underrepresented in Canada and North America and investigates inaccurate, stereotypical portrayals of marginalized communities. In LDL 11, diversity and inclusion also extend to writing practices as students experiment with various types of writing and have significant choice in what and how they write.

EFP 11 introduces students to diverse First Peoples literature, oral tradition, and media studies. The course offers opportunities for interactive communication and self-expression through holistic practice. Themes for EFP 11 include: community, tradition vs. modernity, humour, and balance entrenched in many different types of story and current events. Students will become more confident with their oral articulation and expression as well as strengthen their written output.  Students will work individually and collaboratively to enhance their critical and creative thinking skills and develop well rounded personal and social responsibilities. 

English 12 Options

In grade 12, students must choose one of the following courses. 

Each course is a four credit course that satisfies the ELA requirement for grade 12.
Note: AP Courses are 8 credit.

Prerequisite: An ELA 11 Course

This course allows students to communicate in a variety of contexts and think critically and creatively about the use of language. Students will analyze texts that reflect diverse world views and evaluate literary elements, techniques, and devices. They will be able to evaluate information for bias, contradictions, distortions, and omissions. Students will also understand how different formats and features of texts reflect a variety of purposes, audiences, and messages. They will use the writing process to create meaningful communications products using the appropriate conventions of language. This course meets the requirement for ELA 12 for university entrance and the ELA graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: An ELA 11 Course

EFP 12 allows students to explore a diverse range of authors, artists, advocates, guest speakers, and knowledge keepers from around the world to tap in to political, social, emotional, and controversial topics. In addition to written and oral communication skills EFP 12 offers a creative and hands-on atmosphere; The course offers an opportunity for authentic freedom of expression and deep conversation to enhance learning and build connections with self, other, and world. As a place-based course, EFP strives to function outside of the classroom to foster holistic and inclusive learning as much as possible. EFP 12 meets all requirements for an English 12 course and is recognizes by all post- secondary institutions as English 12.

Prerequisite: An ELA 11 Course

The Advanced Placement course in Literature & Composition offers an alternative to regular ELA 12 for those students who appreciate an academic challenge and possess a sincere interest in literature and composition. In the course students are engaged in a careful reading of literary works. Through such study, they sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of the writer’s craft. Students are involved in both the study and practice of writing and the study of literature. Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and will include essays in exposition and argument. Students will have the option to write the AP Literature & Composition exam in May (approximate fee $135). If a student scores a 4 or 5 on the exam, they have the option to receive credit for a first-year university course. This course meets the requirement for ELA 12 for university entrance and the ELA graduation requirement. Students interested in AP Literature & Composition 12 must complete the application form on the WGSS English Department Course Guide webpage.

All applicants will be required to complete a writing assessment.

Universities will typically use ELA 12 or AP English Literature & Composition 12 as an academically approved Grade 12 course for admission. They will not use both in the calculation for admissions.

Capstone

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of all Grade 10 required courses for graduation. 

This course is the first half of the AP Capstone program made up of AP Seminar in grade 11 and the second half, AP Research in grade 12. This two-year program teaches students to develop the research, analysis and writing skills they will need to succeed at university. AP Seminar offers students opportunities to explore real-world problems that interest them, to evaluate different points of view, and to develop a personal perspective on complex, interdisciplinary issues through university-level analysis and inquiry projects of their choosing. Assessment will include three summative pieces: two presentation tasks (a team presentation with an individual research essay and an individual synthesis research paper) and a final exam in May. The skills required in these summative assessments will be practiced in smaller formative tasks throughout the year. 

Students may choose to submit their papers and presentation scores to the College Board for assessment and write the AP Seminar final exam with the approximate cost of $195. Students are encouraged to continue to develop their academic research and writing skills in AP Research 12.

Please note: AP Seminar 11 will be scheduled linear with AP English Language and Composition 11. (Seminar students are encouraged to apply for AP English Language and Composition; however exceptions can be made, with permission of the instructor, to receive an ELA 11 credit). 

Prerequisite: completion of AP Seminar 11.

This course is the second half of the AP Capstone program made up of AP Seminar in grade 11 and AP Research in grade 12. The program teaches students to develop the research, analysis and writing skills they will need to succeed at university. In AP Research, students will build on the skills they learned in AP Seminar as they learn to write a university-level research paper on a topic of interest to them; they will develop a research question, review current literature, find a gap, design a study to collect data and form a new conclusion as they write their research paper.

At the end of the research project, students will submit an academic research paper, present your findings, and orally defend your work. AP Research scores will be based on the paper, the presentation, and the oral defense, using the 1-5 AP scoring scale. Students may choose to submit their paper and presentation scores to the College Board for assessment.  Please note AP considers submission an “exam” with the approximate cost of $195. Students who complete AP Research 12 will receive Career Life Connections/Capstone 12 credit.

Please note: AP Research 12 will be scheduled linear with AP English Literature and Composition. (Research students are encouraged to apply for AP English Literature and Composition; however, with permission of the administration, students may apply for a study block).