English Language Arts 30-1 Course Outline

English 30-1

Course Outline

Credits: 5

Prerequisite: English 20-1/30-2

Instructional Days: 90


Category Weights

Unit 1: 25%

Unit 2: 25%

Unit 3: 25%

Unit 4: 25%


Unit 1 Overview: (23 instructional days)

Unit 1 will introduce the students to the play and the novel study.  The unit will consist of a variety of texts including poems, short stories, media, and films.  Unit 1 will focus on general outcomes 1 and 2 where students will begin to discover possibilities, extend awareness, construct meaning from text and context, understand and appreciate textual forms, elements and techniques, and respond to a variety of print and non-print texts.

Assessment

Formative:

In Unit 1 formative assessment will occur as the students complete comprehension questions related to the texts and in-class discussions related to the texts. Practice essays, collaborative writing, and multimedia will also be included.

The students will complete a practice PRT essay in Unit 1

Summative 

Practice Part A Essay

Hamlet Part B Multiple Choice (Acts 1/2)

Unit 1 Exam Part A  Personal Response to Texts Essay

Unit 1 Exam Part B  Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension

Unit 2 Overview: (23 instructional days)

The students will continue to study the novel and the play. The unit will consist of a variety of texts including poems, short stories, media, and films.  Unit two will continue to address outcomes 1 and 2 while introducing outcome 3 where students will determine inquiry or research elements, and follow a plan of inquiry. 

Assessment

Formative

In Unit 2 formative assessment will occur as the students complete comprehension questions related to the texts and in-class discussions related to the texts.  Practice essays, collaborative writing, and multimedia will also be included.

The students will write a practice CRT in Unit 2

Summative

Practice Part A Essay

Novel Study Part B Multiple Choice (Ch 1-25)

Unit 2 Exam Part A  Critical/Analytical Response to Texts Essay (Based on a short story/film)

Unit 2 Exam Part B  Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension


Unit  3 Overview: (23 instructional days)

The students will continue to study the novel and the play. The unit will consist of a variety of texts including poems, short stories, media, and films.  Unit three will continue to address outcomes 1 and 2 while introducing outcome 4 where students will develop and present a variety of print and non-print texts, Improve thoughtfulness, effectiveness, and correctness of communication. 

Assessment

Formative

In Unit 3 formative assessment will occur as the students complete comprehension questions related to the texts and in-class discussions related to the texts. Practice essays, collaborative writing, and multimedia will also be included.

The students will complete a practice PRT essay in Unit 3

Summative

Practice Part A Essay

Unit 3 Exam Part A  Personal Response to Texts Essay

Unit 3 Exam Part B  Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension


Unit 4 Overview (21 instructional days)

The students will continue to study the novel and the play. The unit will consist of a variety of texts including poems, short stories, media, and films.  Unit four will continue to address outcomes 1, 2, and 4 while introducing outcome 5 where students will respect others and strengthen community, and work within a group.

Assessment

Formative

In Unit 4 formative assessment will occur as the students complete comprehension questions related to the texts and in-class discussions related to the texts. Practice essays, collaborative writing, and multimedia will also be included.

The students will complete a practice CRT essay in Unit 4


Summative

Part A Practice Essay

Novel Study Part B Multiple Choice (Ch 26-50)

Hamlet Part B Multiple Choice (Acts 3/4/5)

Unit 4 Exam Part A  Critical/Analytical Response to Texts Essay

Unit 4 Exam Part B  Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension


Final Exam 

A Diploma Exam worth 30% of the course mark will be written as per the provincial exam schedule.


Major Texts:

Play:  William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Novel: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini







*IMPORTANT*


  • ALL essay assignments, practice and exam, must be completed and turned in before the Part A of the Diploma Exam


  • ONLY practice essays will be given detailed feedback.  Students wanting feedback on a unit exam must arrange a meeting with their teacher.


  • ALL unit essay exams will be timed, in-class writings.


  • Students are only allowed rewrites on essay exams if they have completed the unit’s practice essay. Students must arrange the rewrite with the teacher.


  • Students are not allowed to rewrite Part B Multiple Choice exams, however, if all 4 exams are completed by the student they can: 


  • Substitute out the lowest score OR

  • Write a “mark recovery” exam




Course Outcomes:

The outcomes listed below will be covered throughout the course:

General Outcome 1: Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences,

General outcome 2: Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual and multimedia forms, and respond personally, critically and creatively.

General Outcome 3: Students will listen, Speak, read, write, view and represent to manage ideas and information.

General Outcome 4: Students will listen, Speak, read, write, view and represent to create oral, print, visual and multimedia texts, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.

General Outcome 5: Students will listen, Speak, read, write, view and represent to respect, Support and collaborate with others.


For more information about the high school ELA program of studies visit:

https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/gradeataglance/hs_ela.pdf