English - 12

Course Description:

Language is best learned through activities that present stimulating ideas, issues, and themes that are meaningful to the learner. This course introduces a rich variety of activities that integrate expectations from different strands and provide for the explicit teaching of knowledge and skills. You will have frequent opportunities to rehearse, practice, and apply skills and strategies, and to make your own choices. All the formative tasks and summative assignments in this course are critical to your learning. Don't skip any activities! ENG4U is also built to motivate you and instill positive habits of mind, such as a willingness and determination to persist, to think and communicate with clarity and precision, to take responsible risks, and to question freely. Enjoy the ride and remember to have fun along the way!

Prerequisite: ENG3U - English Grade 11

Course Outline

Unit 1: From Me to We  (16 hours)

The goal of this unit is to empower you to transform local and global communities by shifting from “me” thinking to “we” acting. Living ME to WE means working together to create sustainable change, and making a difference with everything you do—from choosing travel that leaves a positive footprint on the planet to make purchases that give back. This unit will get you to think critically about your role within the global community through news articles, storylines, and texts that echo the voices of people across the globe.

Throughout the lessons, you will have opportunities to research, evaluate, and assess the information around you. In 1-1, you will understand the importance of using your voice to make a positive impact. In 1-2, you will use research strategies to begin an investigation into a global issue you are passionate about. Finally, in 1-3, you will practice taking a literal and figurative note of how propaganda influences us. In all the units, you will work on reading and writing skills. You will also read and watch a variety of written and media texts, including short stories, news reports, and advertisements. 

1-1 Use your Voice
1-2 Global Awareness                       
1-3 Take Note                                                              


Unit 2: Hear Me Roar (16 hours)

In unit 2, you will be focusing on various oral communication skills. Public speaking is communicating information to an audience. Presentations can happen in a classroom, in the workplace and public places. Public speaking does involve speaking aloud, but it is also about using your critical thinking, listening, and non-verbal communications skills to get your message across too. Being a good presenter contributes a lot to individual growth, and it gives you a chance to connect with people.

Throughout the lessons, you will have opportunities to learn how to deliver and analyze oral literature. In 2-1, you will understand how Shakespeare’s soliloquies were used to deliver complex messages about the character’s struggle within the play. In 2-2, you will learn verbal and non-verbal strategies to deliver your point of view. Finally, in 2-3, you will analyze how poets utilize vocabulary to illustrate their dreams within the era of the Harlem Renaissance. In all the units, you will work on reading and oral communication skills. You will also read and watch a variety of plays, poems, soliloquies, and presentations. 

2-1 Centre Stage
2-2 Audio-Visual Presentations
2-3 Dream Big


Unit 3: One Step at a Time (22 hours)

In unit 3, you will be focusing on various writing skills. Writing is a process that involves several distinct steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. It is important for a writer to work through each of the steps in order to ensure that they have produced a polished, complete piece.  The writing process is not always linear.  A writer may move back and forth between steps as needed.  For example, while you are revising, you might have to return to the prewriting step to develop and expand your ideas.

Throughout the lessons, you will have opportunities to learn how to complete the final steps of your global issues research project. In 3-1, you will learn the structure of a research essay and how to write effective sentences. In 3-2, you utilize key editing and proof-reading tips to improve your research essay. Finally, in 3-3, you will assess how font and word choice send a particular implicit message to create a cohesive, persuasive tone within your writing. In all the units, you will develop your skills in writing through various opportunities to self-edit, evaluate grammar and enhance sentence structure.

3-1 Connections  
3-2 Self-Editing  
3-3 Put It All Together                                              


Unit 4: The Stories We Love (16 hours)

In unit 4, you will be focusing on storytelling in all its forms. This includes the stories we see in movies, TV, novels, comic books, and various other types of fiction. You will analyze the storytelling devices we see in all these mediums. This will help you analyze reading texts and write your own. 

Throughout the unit, you will develop a number of skills that can help you as a reader and writer. You will learn literary and storytelling devices that you will recognize in the fiction you consume. You will also investigate setting and character more deeply. This will help you recognize how fiction writers use the times, places, and people in their stories to develop larger ideas, like theme or mood.

This is also the first unit where you will begin to complete assignments based on your novel study. This means you should be almost finished reading your novel by now. 

4-1 Analyzing Fiction
4-2 The When & Where of Great Stories
4-3 The Characters We Love


Unit 5: Stories on the Big Screen (16 hours)

In unit 5, you will look at movies and how they tell the stories we love. More specifically, you will investigate novels adapted into movies. This will help consider the way we tell stories in different mediums and how the media industry impacts movies.

Throughout the unit, you will develop a number of skills. In 5-1, you will work on your ability to analyze fiction. In 5-2, you will think more about marketing and media. Finally, in 5-3, you will build speaking skills you can use in presentations or any type of public speaking.

5-1 Novels on the Big Screen
5-2 Promoting the Movie
5-3 Finding Your Voice


Unit 6: Essays (22 hours) 

Unit 6 is all about writing essays. This all culminates in your novel study essay that you will submit in 6-3. Developing your essay writing skills is something you can use now and in the future. Although you may never write another essay again, the skills you will learn in this unit will help you in everything you write.  Using the writing process, developing your editing, and choosing strong language are all skills you will use in the future.

This final unit is structured around your novel study essay. In 6-1, you will submit an outline. In 6-2, you will submit a draft. In 6-3, you will submit the final essay. Along the way, you will have the chance to get feedback from your teacher, classmates, and yourself. Ideally, the essay you submit in 6.3 will be something you have given significant effort to. This will help you in the future to compete in major writing tasks from beginning to end. 

6-1 Planning the Essay
6-2 Writing the Essay
6-3 Improving the Essay