June, 2015: English Department News
This year’s English courses were filled with dynamic guest speakers and field trips. Writer’s Craft welcomed David Silverberg, the coordinator for Toronto Youth Slam Poetry. Mr. Neil Andersen, president of the Association for Media Literacy, spoke to our Grade 9 Gifted English classes. Grade 9 students visited Stratford to attend a production of The Physicists; Grade 11 saw performances of Macbeth and Othello; Writer’s Craft and Media viewed exhibits at the AGO; Grade 12 Media visited the cinema, World Press, and participated in a graffiti tour of Toronto. Overall, it has been an exciting and inspiring year for our students!
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Our program is based on The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10: English and The Ontario Curriculum Grades 11 and 12: English. We offer a broad range of compulsory and elective courses from these documents.
The content of the compulsory courses of the English curriculum is organized in four strands, or broad areas of learning:
Reading and Literature Studies
Our program in all grades is designed to develop a range of essential skills in these four interrelated areas, built on a solid foundation of knowledge of the conventions of standard English and incorporating the use of analytical, critical, and metacognitive thinking skills.
The areas of learning are closely interrelated, and the knowledge and skills described in the four strands are interdependent and complementary. Teachers plan activities that blend expectations from the four strands in order to provide students with the kinds of experiences that promote meaningful learning and that help them recognize how literacy skills in the four areas reinforce and strengthen one another (excerpted and adapted from the above Curriculum Documents).