English Grade 9, Academic (ENG1D)

Course Title : English, Grade 9 (ENG1D)
Course Name : English
Course Code : ENG1D
Grade : 9
Course Type : Academic
Credit Value : 1.0
Prerequisite : None
Curriculum Policy Document: English, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, 2007 (Revised)

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 analyse 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.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time and Sequence
Unit 1: Language and Form

Through the readings of short articles from various forms of literature including poems and plays, students are introduced to the different terms and structures of literature. As they analyse each of the narratives, they compare and contrast them in terms of purpose, structure, mood, style, tone, audience, and language and begin to understand the conventions of narrative literature and language as they develop the tools and techniques for critical literacy.

25 hours
Unit 2: Literature

Students continue to study a range of short narratives and apply appropriate strategies to read, understand, and interpret the materials. They learn to apply both reading and listening strategies for great communication clarity. As they progress through the readings, students also develop research skills as they delve into the various topics the narratives introduce. And through the exercises and discussions they demonstrate greater proficiency in both oral and written communication.

25 hours
Unit 3: Media

Students analyse the various media forms, conventions and techniques to first define their criteria for effectiveness and then to determine their ability to obtain the results wanted. A review of the elements of visual products is discussed and students develop a variety of media texts and present these in class, describing also, how their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing have helped them to interpret and produce media texts.

25 hours
Unit 4: The English Language

This unit is integrated into the other units as students progress through the course and develop greater proficiency in the English language. Topics include influences on the English language, levels of language, vocabulary development. formal and informal language styles, parts of speech parts of sentences sentence variety spelling rules punctuation, use of capitals. A brief synopsis is held at course end of reading and researching strategies, writing skills and techniques, oral communication skills and elements of visual production.

25 hours
Unit 5: Final Summative Assessment

The final summative assessments are both oral and written. The oral presentation builds on their memoir construction skills and is presented as a dramatic monologue. The exam assesses skills developed throughout the year in accordance with the provincial achievement chart and the course’s overall expectations

10 hours
Total 110 hours

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