ANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH 1P1 COURSE OUTLINE (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 & 10, 2007) Course Description This course emphasizes key reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school and their daily lives. Students will study plays, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles, and will describe and create media works. An important focus will be the correct use of spoken and written language. Literature Studies and Reading By the end of this course, students will: • Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary and informational texts; • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of a variety of literary and informational forms, with a focus on plays, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles; • Identify and explain the effect of specific elements of style in a variety of literary and informational texts. Writing By the end of this course, students will: • Use print and electronic sources to gather information and explore ideas for their written work; • Identify the literary and informational forms suited to specific purposes and audiences and use the forms appropriately in their own writing, with an emphasis on communicating information accurately; • Use a variety of forms of writing to express themselves, clarify their ideas, and engage the audience’s attention, imagination, and interest; • Revise their written work, collaboratively and independently, with a focus on support for ideas, accuracy, clarity, and unity; • Edit and proofread to produce final drafts, using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, according to the conventions of standard Canadian English specified for this course, with the support of print and electronic resources when appropriate. Language By the end of this course, students will: • Use knowledge of vocabulary and language conventions to speak, write, and read clearly and correctly; • Use listening techniques and oral communication skills to participate in classroom discussions and more formal activities, such as storytelling, role playing, and reporting/presenting, for specific purposes and audiences. Media Studies By the end of this course, students will: • Identify and describe the elements, intended audiences, and production practices of a variety of media forms; • Use knowledge of a variety of media forms, purposes, and audiences to create media works. ENGLISH 1P1 Course Content Short Stories: 5 short stories from contemporary and historical periods Novel : 2 of the following: To Catch A Killer, Hatchet, Promise Song Short texts - variety of mediums: short essays, graphic texts, various media texts, informational texts. Drama: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar OR Twelfth Night Writing: Formal and informal writing. Emphasis on descriptive, expository, personal and argumentative paragraph Research: using the library – books, data bases, encyclopedia etc. Grammar: Specific skills as outlined in The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 & 10 Supplementary Reading: texts selected with direction from the teacher REPORTING ASSESSMENT and STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: 20% Assessment for learning includes quizzes, classroom presentations, group work, participation, in-class assignments and a variety of other informal assessments made by the teacher on a daily basis. These assessments are recorded on an on-going basis and the most recent, most consistent principle is applied when a mark is allotted by the teacher at a reporting period. Assessments are meant to monitor and improve the development of a student’s knowledge, thinking, communication and application skills Term Evaluation: 50% Final Culminating Evaluation: 30% Knowledge: 15 % Reading Test: 10% Thinking: 15% Polished Essay 10% Communication: 10% Final Exam: 10% Application: 10% ENGLISH DEPARMENT POLICY: DUE DATES FOR ASSIGNMENTS: The following from the Ancaster High School Code of Conduct will apply. Note: “conference with the teacher” must occur PRIOR to the day on which the assignment is due. It is expected that students will submit assignments on assigned due dates. In the case of valid, extenuating circumstances, a “late” assignment may be accepted. In such a case, in conference with the teacher, a student may negotiate a final closure date for submission of the assignment (such closure date would normally fall within five (5) days of the original due date). If the closure date is missed, the student will receive a zero (0) for the assignment. There will be no opportunities to negotiate closure dates within the last two weeks before a reporting period. ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POLICY: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: The policy as outlined in the Ancaster High School Code of Conduct for academic dishonesty and plagiarism will be applied.
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