Grade 12, University Preparation (ENG4U)


Course Title: English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)

Course Name: English

Course Code: ENG4U

Grade: 12

CourseType: University Preparation

CreditValue: 1.0

Prerequisite: ENG3U, English Grade 11, UniversityPreparation

CurriculumPolicy Document: English, The OntarioCurriculum,

Grades 11 and 12, 2007 (Revised)

Course Description
This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse 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 readingstrategiesbestsuitedtoparticulartextsandparticularpurposesforreading,anddeveloping greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.
Outline of Course Content


Titles and Descriptions

Time and Sequence

Unit 1

William Shakespeare -- Hamlet

Students will read the play by acts. At the end of each act students are expected to complete written journal assignments from a choice of topics. Some of the topics will focus specifically on the play itself, (characters, setting, tone, mood etc.), while others will require the students to make connections to other works of art (other genres such as film, poetry, visual art), or history and selected social issues.

25 hours

Unit 2


Students will study literary and poetic devices, and analyse modern poetry utilizing these tools. Moreover, a creative writing assignment on poetry will be part of this unit.

17 hours

Unit 3

Short Stories

Students will be presented with a number of short stories by a variety of authors from different time periods, and cultural backgrounds. In this unit, students will also be introduced various approaches to literary criticism, and asked to apply some of these studied approaches to analyze literary texts.


Unit 4

Novel Study and Media

Students will read a novel of their own choice (selected from a list of available titles), and work in “literature circles” with other students who also have chosen the same novel. Formal study guides will be provided, students will engage in mini- conferences, oral presentations, and team analysis of their chosen texts. A final essay on the novel will be a part of formal evaluation and assessment of this unit.

40 hours


Final Evaluation

The final assessment task is a three hour final exam worth 30% of the student’s final mark in the course.

3 hours



110 hours