|Course Title :||The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12 (EWC4U)|
|Course Name :||The Writer’s Craft|
|Course Code :||EWC4U|
|Course Type :||University Preparation|
|Credit Value :||1.0|
|Prerequisite :||ENG3U, English Grade 11, University Preparation|
|Curriculum Policy Document:||English, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2007 (Revised)|
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.
Outline of Course Content
|Unit Titles and Descriptions||Time and Sequence|
|Unit 1: Children’s Literature: |
In this instructional unit, students analyze children’s literature: the text and illustrations, and the special requirements of this audience. In order to support this analysis and creation of a children’s text(s), students will read published literature of this genre and their own final illustrated children’s story to grade school children.
|Unit 2: The Short Story: |
In this instructional unit, students read a variety of short stories, analyzing the elements of plot, character, theme and setting. Students will begin maintaining a journal, both in and out of class, to record inspirations, observations, fragments of ideas, images etc. as inspiration for their own final production of a short story (and for other units of this course, as well).
|Unit 3: Poetry Time: |
In this instructional unit, students read and analyze a variety of poetic structures - including sonnets, concrete poetry, free verse, etc. – from a wide range of poets. Students write in a minimum of three of the forms studied.
|Unit 4: Play Writing: |
In this instructional unit, students research elements of drama writing using selected samples from playwrights such as Judith Thompson, Thomson Highway, Edward Albee, etc. Students write and present a short one act play or scene.
|Unit 5: Stepping Ahead - Independent Study Project |
In this evaluation unit, students will work independently to demonstrate the key knowledge and skills developed throughout the course by planning and conducting an independent study project that will result in: an analysis of a specific writer’s style; a creative text written in the chosen writer’s style; and, an oral presentation which summarizes the various independent study components.
|Summative Evaluation |
(15% of Final Mark): Analysis of chosen author’s writing style Creative text modeling chosen author’s style Oral presentation synthesizing various components of this project.
|Summative Final Evaluation |
(30% of Final Mark): In-class Exam (15% of final mark) includes I.S.U. Independent Study Unit (see above, 15% of final mark)