Grade 11 English

PREREQUISITE: English, Grade 10, Academic

GRADE: 11 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time, Part-time, Private and Online

Grade 11 English emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. Grade 11 English is intended to prepare students for the compulsory grade 12 university or college preparation course.


Short Stories and Non Fiction

Essential Question: How do literary elements contribute to written works?

  • In this unit, students will be introduced to the major terms and concepts that will build the foundation for this course. Within the unit, students will be examining a variety of short stories and non-fiction pieces using a variety of mediums and media styles.


Novel Study: The Catcher in the Rye

Essential Question: How do we use context clues to determine or clarify meaning?

  • In this unit, students will examine J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Students will focus on theme, character development and point of view. Though the novel was written seventy years ago, the messages and issues are still extremely relevant. Students will explore issues and challenges the protagonist faces, including family relationships, personal faith and the death of loved ones. Students will also learn about formal essay writing and apply this knowledge in a working essay submission.


Elizabethan Drama: Macbeth

Essential Question: What is the definition of a tragic hero?

  • In this unit, students will examine William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. They will explore the definition of a tragic hero, different types of conflict and the dramatic purpose of a scene. While studying these elements, students will continue to work on literary analysis, oral communication and presentation skills.


Contemporary Novel: A Complicated Kindness

Essential Question: What can the experiences of others teach us about ourselves?

  • In this unit, students will be working with the winner of the Governor General’s award, A Complicated Kindness written by Miriam Toews. This Canadian novel explores the life of Mennonite teenager Nomi Nickel while she struggles to find her place in life. This is an Independent Study. As students read the novel, they will be expected to compile annotated notes. They will be expected to explore the novel’s plot, themes, conflicts and symbolic elements while they continue to develop their written and oral communication skills through the included assessments.


Proctored Exam30% of Final Grade

  • This exam is the final evaluation of this course. Students need to arrange their final exam 10 days in advance. All coursework should be completed and submitted before writing the final exam, please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. The exam will be two hours.