English - 11

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!  ENG3U 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: ESLEO or ENG2U - English Grade 10

Course Outline

Unit 1: What is your Story? (16 hours)

Who isn’t captivated by a good story? A good story is timeless. We are natural storytellers. We listen to conversations—on the bus, the man next to us on his cell phone, the two people standing in line, the mother and child in the elevator, the table behind us, as we eat—that entertain and turn us into slightly guilty but deliciously satisfied eavesdroppers. Our natural ability to share stories is the inspiration for this unit. Throughout the lessons, you will have opportunities to understand the different elements of stories.

In 1-1, you will understand the importance of perspective to recognize how bias affects the storytelling process. In 1-2, you will use persuasive strategies to define your voice. Finally, in 1-3, you will investigate the different types of characters that we encounter in stories. 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 Perspectives
1-2 Voices                  
1-3 Strength of Diversity                                                           


Unit 2: Between Lines (16 hours)

Throughout this unit, you will learn valuable critical thinking and inferencing skills that you can use throughout your life. Inference is using facts, observations, and logic or reasoning to come to an assumption or conclusion. It is not stating the obvious (stating the obvious: that girl is wearing a fancy dress and carrying a bouquet of flowers. Inference: that girl is a flower girl in a wedding). It is not making a prediction, though it is similar. Ask yourself, “What conclusions can you draw about what is happening now?” In the lessons, you will have opportunities to cultivate and implement your inferencing skills.

In 2-1, you will understand how themes, morals and life lessons are embedded throughout our lives. In 2-2, you will reflect on your own experiences with equality to explain its significance within the world. Finally, in 2-3, you will investigate symbolism to create your own comic strip. You will also read and watch a variety of written and media texts, including news articles, short documentaries, and comic books.

2-1 Survive and Thrive
2-2 #MeToo
2-3 A Hero's Shield


Unit 3: Medium is the Message (22 hours)

In Unit 3, you will see how storytelling isn't only in writing. Narratives can be creative, passionate, and personal. A great story resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator. Art is about intent and communication, not substances. In this unit, we will be exploring different mediums of story-telling that are NOT delivered in conventional text-based ways. 

In the lessons, you will be exploring the artist's work through the medium they chose. In 3-1, you will understand how song lyrics use figurative language to send a universal message. In 3-2, you will look at the art form of spoken word and create your own rendition based on a topic of your choice. Finally, in 3-3, you will watch the classic musical, The Fiddler on the Roof, to analyze how music, song, and dance come together to create an engaging narrative. You will also read and watch a variety of written and media texts from the following mediums: song, spoken word, and musicals. 

3-1 No Woman No Cry
3-2 To This Day
3-3 Fiddler on the Roof                                            


Unit 4: Be a Better You (16 hours)

In Unit 4, you will understand how learning is essential to our existence. Today, continuous learning forms a necessary part in acquiring critical thinking skills and discovering new ways of relating to people from different cultures. To live a life without continuous learning is unthinkable. Explore different topics and don’t be afraid to ask for clarity. Be inquisitive, and if your intent is sincere, there will be people who will help and support you in your journey. 

In 4-1, you will learn to question and reflect on the information presented to you in order to make your own deductions. In 4-2, you will recognize that mistakes are a valuable part of the journey. Finally, in 4-3, you will get up and stand up for what you would like to see in the world and from yourself. In all the units, you will work on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You will also see a variety of written and media texts, including excerpts from novels, motivational clips and reading passages.

4-1 Challenging Ignorance
4-2 Fail Forward
4-3 Get Up, Stand Up


Unit 5: Voice in the Abyss (16 hours)

In unit 5, we look at storytelling, thinking about how it has changed throughout history and where it will go in the future. We have a chance to think about the history of storytelling, including oral histories and the impact of the radio. We also think about storytelling today, particularly how the internet has impacted how we tell stories. We will also consider how storytelling will change in the future.

Throughout the lesson, you will have opportunities to build important communication skills. In 5-1, you will develop strategies for improving your listening skills. In 5-2, you will investigate news articles and learn to write your own. Finally, in 5-3, you will work on writing informative paragraphs. In all the units, you will work on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You will also see a variety of media texts, including websites, podcasts, news articles, and videos. 

5-1 Storytelling in the Internet Age
5-2 Telling Real Stories - The News
5-3 The Future of Storytelling


Unit 6:  Communicating in Today's World (26 hours)

The final unit of this course looks at modern communication. You have the chance to think about how we communicate today, including the way we do it and the methods we use. You will also be able to reflect on your communication and what you have learned throughout the course.

In 6-1, we will think about the methods of communication we sue today. In 6-2, you will build your presentation skills, which are crucial in today's world. In 6-3, you will consider the skills you need to communicate effectively in the 21st century. You will also reflect on how you have developed those skills int his course and what you need to improve in the future. Throughout the unit, you will continue to build your ability to use language effectively. This includes using graphic texts, writing concisely, delivering presentations, public speaking, and thinking critically.

6-1 Modern Communication
6-2 Presenting Your Ideas
6-3 21st Century Communication Skills