Grade 12 English

PREREQUISITE: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

GRADE: 12 (University)

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

Grade 12 English emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. Grade 12 English is intended to prepare students for university, college or the workplace.

UNIT ONE

Short Stories, Media & Non-Fiction

Essential Question: How do we shape an opinion?

  • In this unit, students will be introduced to the major terms and concepts that will build a 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.

UNIT TWO

Classic Fiction: The Great Gatsby

Essential Question: How does the historical context contribute towards the theme of Gatsby?

  • In this unit, students will be introduced to the concept of social commentary. Students will explore the genre of the novel as a product of its cultural milieu and seek to understand how a work of literature serves as an effective tool for social commentary. Skills taught include an understanding of literary terms, narrative style, as well as, how these techniques enhance meaning in literature. Through the study of this novel, students gain a deeper understanding of the bi-directional relationship between themselves and their environment.

UNIT THREE

Elizabethan Drama: Hamlet

Essential Question: How did Shakespeare create one of the most complex characters in Hamlet?

  • In this unit, students will be provided with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed in previous units while extending their facility with literary analysis. Students will read and critically analyze a Shakespearean play. Students will explore the concept of an archetype and its relationship to imagery and classical allusion. Students will enhance their understanding of the phonological and semantic aspects of language through the study of allusion, imagery, and metaphor in Elizabethan drama. At the same time, students will engage in an examination of a wide variety of literary devices. Students will plan oral presentations, conduct research, and write an essay. All activities in this unit relate to the same Shakespearean play Hamlet.

UNIT FOUR a

Modern Fiction: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Essential Question: How do the literary devices contribute towards theme?

  • In this unit, students will read a modern fiction novel. The novel chosen for this unit A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini reflects a more modern look at the culture of a different country. It will help foster the students awareness of diversity within cultures, and some of the current social issues going on today. This novel study will challenge students and prepare them for their potential to make social commentary.

UNIT FOUR b

Modern Fiction: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Essential Question: How do the literary devices contribute towards theme?

  • In this unit, students will read a modern fiction novel. The novel chosen for this unit One Hundred Years of Solitude reflects the culture of a different country. It will help foster the students’ awareness of diversity, and some of the current social issues going on today. This novel study will challenge students and prepare them for their potential to make social commentary.

CULMINATING PROJECT

10% of Final Grade

  • This project is one of the final evaluations of this course. This project is ongoing throughout the entire course and it is meant to supplement the other units of study. This project will be worth 10% of the final grade.

FINAL EXAM

Proctored Exam20% 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.