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English Language Arts

ELA A9 and ELA B9

ELA 9A and 9B are comprehensive English Language Arts courses in which students will learn to:

  1. comprehend and respond to a variety of grade-level print, oral, and multimedia texts;
  2. compose and create in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences; and
  3. assess and reflect on their own language skills

These courses include the Communication Skills book to work on foundational grammar. The two thematic units of study for each course are:

  • ELA 9A: Doing the Right Thing – Conflicts, Challenges, Issues, and Choices and All That I Am — The Search for Self
  • ELA 9B: Loyalty, Love, and Relationships and Surviving and Conquering

ELA 10A and 10B

ELA 10A and 10B are comprehensive English Language Arts courses in which students will learn to:

  1. comprehend and respond to a variety of grade-level print, oral, and multimedia texts;
  2. compose and create in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences; and
  3. assess and reflect on their own language skills

 The two thematic units of study for each course are:

  • ELA 10A: The Challenges of Life and The Mysteries of Life
  • ELA 10B: Equity and Ethics and The World Around and Within Us

ELA 20

ELA 20 is a comprehensive English Language Arts course in which students will learn to:

  1. comprehend and respond to a variety of grade-level print, oral, and multimedia texts;
  2. compose and create in a variety of forms for different purposes and audiences; and
  3. assess and reflect on their own language skills

 The two thematic units of study for ELA 20 are:

  • Starting Out—Beginning and Becoming
  • Moving Forward—Establishing and Realizing

Creative Writing 20

Creative Writing 20 is a project-based course that focuses on developing the writing process and helping young writers gain confidence and to develop their writing voice across different genres and styles; including poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction. Students will learn how to compose, revise, edit, and workshop their writing. They will also complete an independent project and/or portfolio. 

English Language Arts A30 Canadian Voices and Perspective

This course includes two units of study:

Diverse Landscape and People

  • A Vast and Varied Land
  • Nature and Seasons
  • Regional Landscapes
  • Identity and Diversity
  • Personality and Values

Diverse Canadian Voices

  • Aboriginal Voices
  • Voices Through Time
  • Regional Voices
  • Female and Male Voices
  • Students will compose, create, comprehend and respond (through listening, reading, and viewing activities)to a variety of contemporary and traditional grade-level texts in a variety of forms (oral, print, and other texts) from First Nations/Métis and other cultures for a variety of purposes.
  • Students will assess and reflect their own language skills and set goals for future improvement.

English Language Arts B30 World Voices and Perspectives

This course takes a thematic approach while focusing on literature that explores the history of the English language. Units of study include:

The Human Condition – In Search of Self

  • Identity and Sense of Self
  • Human Qualities and Ideals
  • Human Relationships
  • Joy and Inspiration

Challenges—The Social Experience – Beyond Personal Goals

  • Individual and Social Responsibility
  • Truth and Justice
  • Ambition, Power and Common Good
  • Social Criticism
  • Issues to be studied through literature include Responsibility, Truth and Justice, Ambition and the Common Good, Identity, Relationships, and Human Qualities and Ideals.
  • Students will compose, create, comprehend and respond (through listening, reading, and viewing activities)to a variety of contemporary and traditional grade-level texts in a variety of forms (oral, print, and other texts) from First Nations/Métis and other cultures for a variety of purposes.
  • Students will assess and reflect their own language skills and set goals for future improvement.