English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)

Course Title : English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)
Course Name : English
Course Code : ENG2D
Grade : 10
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 extend the range of 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 and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time and Sequence
Unit 1: Poetry

Students will become familiar with major poetic forms, devices, and themes, as well as have the opportunity to write, present, and edit their own works.

15 hours
Unit 2: Short Fiction

Students will develop an understanding of literary devices, traditions, and conventions through close readings of short fiction.

10 hours
Unit 3: Novel Study ( The Catcher in the Rye)

Students will study the literary form of the novel by examining Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. They will respond to, reflect upon, and analyze questions, passages, and techniques in the work in order to build an understanding of the literary elements of the piece. Students will develop their formal writing skills with a persuasive essay.

25 hours
Unit 4: Modern Drama (The Glass Menagerie)

We will examine the unique challenge of reading, performing, and creating meaning in dramatic works through a close reading and analysis of Williams’ classic play. Students will apply critical thinking and reading skills in studying the play’s characters and themes. Students will also consider the way that literature and theatre are rendered on film, through a comparison with the play’s cinematic adaptation.

20 hours
Unit 5: Classical Drama ( Macbeth)

Students will explore a number of diverse tools and techniques for exploring Shakespeare’s language and style through a close reading of Macbeth. Through reading aloud, scene analysis, small group performance, and film adaptation comparison, students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the play while furthering their understanding of creating both written and visual meaning through theatre.

20 hours
Unit 6: Independent Study

Students will complete an independent novel study of Hosseini’s book. They will complete journal and media assignments which will allow them to reflect critically and creatively on the novel’s characters, themes, plot, and setting. This unit will serve as the course-culminating task.

20 hours
Total 110 hours

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