English

English Language Arts

The teachers in the English Department at Balfour Collegiate are committed to the highest degree of professionalism and scholarship.  We seek to provide the most positive learning environment for all our students, to help them develop and grow under our guidance, and to remain dedicated in serving our school and community.

 Both grade 9 English Language Arts classes are compulsory and provide the foundation for the grade 10, 11, and 12 classes.  For graduation, students must complete five compulsory English Language Arts credits: English Language Arts A10 and B10, English Language Arts 20, English Language Arts A30 and B30.  

The Balfour English Department is committed to providing an excellent program to our students and to offering opportunities for students at all levels and interests. 

An Enriched/Advanced Placement (A.P.) English Program is offered at grades 10, 11 and 12.  The Enriched courses provide a productive environment for students who are interested in a rigorous and challenging program to pursue their love of language and literature, and to prepare for post-secondary education. The Enriched courses follow the Saskatchewan Education guidelines. Students interested in enrolling in the Enriched courses must make application through the English Department.  Selection is determined by student motivation, work ethic, commitment, attitude, skills, past performance, and teacher recommendation.  The Enriched English Language Arts classes are year-long programs. 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 9

Prerequisite: Grade 8

The grade 9 English Language Arts program is the final year of a curriculum for Middle Level students (grades six to nine).  It follows the framework of an integrated study of language through listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In the context of daily classroom activities, instruction will be given on spelling, grammar usage, vocabulary, and mechanics.  Students will be exposed to a variety of literature, written work, media, and non-print resources to offer learning experiences through the study of language. 

The themes for the grade 9 course are ¨Is It Fair?; ¨Exploring Love and Loyalty; ¨Imagining the Future”, ¨Taking Risks, Setting Limits”, “Surviving the Future”, ¨Is It Fair?; ¨Exploring Love and Loyalty; ¨Imagining the Future, and ¨Taking Risks, Setting Limits. 

The literary genres used to explore these themes are the fiction novel, poetry, and the Shakespearean drama.  Some writing activities and lessons will include letter writing, sentence combining/variety, sentence errors, paragraph effectiveness, essay structure, spelling, punctuation, and creative writing.

Students will study an assortment of literature selections to develop their critical and creative thinking skills, as well as their communication skills.  The writing process is emphasized and practised.  There will be a variety of evaluation methods.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS A10

Prerequisite: English Language Arts A9

The English Language Arts A10 course is an integrated study of language whereby students will learn language, learn about language, and learn through language.  Students will be engaged in a variety of communication tasks framed by four strands – listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

The curriculum for English Language Arts A10 is organized around themes that focus on self, society, and what it means to be human.  The themes are "Explaining our World through Foundational Stories, "Destiny and the Challenges of Life", "Human Existence" and "Decisions"

There is emphasis on process, collaborative work in groups, resource-based learning, and personal response to literature. The literature selections will include the study of novels, plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and the media.  The writing tasks will emphasize the writing process, correct grammar, sentence structure, organizational techniques, and effective paragraphs and essays.  There will be a variety of evaluation methods assessing process as well as product: quizzes, tests, presentations, projects, homework, speeches, paragraphs, essays, reviews, letters, debates, portfolios, and interviews.  Evaluation of outcomes is both formative and summative.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS B10

Prerequisite: English Language Arts B9

The English Language Arts B10 course is an integrated study of language whereby students will learn language, learn about language, and learn through language.  Students will be engaged in a variety of communication tasks framed by four strands – listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

The curriculum for English Language Arts B10 is organized around issues which concern humans facing contemporary society. The issues are Equity and Ethics (Who and What is Right?; Empowerment; Degrees of Responsibility; Rights and Responsibilities; Justice and Fairness

There is emphasis on process, collaborative work in groups, resource-based learning, and personal response to literature.  The literature selections will include the study of novels, plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and the media.  The writing tasks will emphasize the writing process, correct grammar, sentence structure, organizational techniques, and effective paragraphs and essays.  There will be a variety of evaluation methods assessing process as well as product: quizzes, tests, presentations, projects, homework, speeches, paragraphs, essays, reviews, letters, debates, portfolios, and interviews.  Evaluation of outcomes is formative and summative.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20

Prerequisite: English Language Arts A10

This compulsory English 20 course provides the student with the opportunity to learn about language through listening, reading, speaking, and writing in an effective way.  The course is organized around two themes that are of interest to adolescents and that focus on self, society, and what it means to be human.  The two themes are ¨Recollections – A Journey Back: Innocence and Experience, Family and Peer Relationships, School and Education, Wonder and Imagination, and Triumphs and Defeats; and ¨Anticipation – On the Threshold: Roles and Responsibilities, Choices and Commitments, Perspectives and Passages, and Values and Goals.  Literature study will focus on family and peer relationships, school, values, and goals.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTSA30

Prerequisite: English Language Arts A20.  We expect students to take both compulsory English Language Arts A30 and B30 in their senior year in high school.

The grade 12 English Language Arts A30 course is organized around themes that focus on Canadian literature and society.  The themes are Canada – Diverse Landscapes and Peoples: A Vast and Varied Land, Nature and the Seasons, Regional Landscapes, Identity and Diversity, Personalities and Values; and  Canada – Diverse Voices: Aboriginal Voices, Voices Through Time, Regional Voices, Multicultural Voices, Female and Male Voices, and Marginalized Voices.  The course is resource-based, and provides students with a range of experiences with language processes and literary selections.   The four strands of the previous two years are integrated in the senior English Language Arts courses: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  Classroom activities will promote logical, critical, creative, and analytical thinking and will help students develop effective communication skills.  Students will work with a variety of genres including poetry, short stories, formal and informal essays, novels, and plays.  Teachers place much emphasis on establishing effective grammatical, organizational, and usage skills.  There will be a variety of evaluation methods.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS B30

Prerequisite: English Language Arts A20.  We expect students to take both compulsory English Language Arts A30 and B30 in their senior year in high school.

The grade twelve English Language Arts B30 course is an issue-oriented course which is organized around the human concerns in a global society.  The course examines global perspectives using traditional and contemporary world literature in a comparative manner.  The issues studied in this course are u The Human Condition – In Search of Self: Identity and Sense of Self, Human Qualities and Ideals, Human Relationships, Joy and Fulfillment, Doubt and Fear; and u The Social Experience – Beyond Personal Goals: Individual and Social Responsibility, Truth and Justice, Ambition, Power, and the Common Good, Social Criticism, and Causes and Crusades. The course is resource-based, and provides students with a range of experiences with language processes and literary selections. The four strands of the previous two years are integrated in the senior English Language Arts courses: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  Classroom activities will promote logical, critical, creative, and analytical thinking and will help students develop effective communication skills.  Students will work with a variety of genres including poetry, short stories, formal and informal essays, novels, and drama, including a Shakespearean play.  Teachers place much emphasis on establishing effective grammatical, organizational, and usage skills.  There will be a variety of evaluation methods.

 

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

The pre-AP English course offers students the opportunity to study English Literature and Composition at a challenging level.  Reading and writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.  Well-constructed creative writing assignments may also be included to help students develop an appreciation for the writing process.  Writing instruction focuses on developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent and persuasive language.  At the grade 12 level, students in Enriched/AP English Literature and Composition have the opportunity to write an AP final exam.  Successful students may receive the equivalent of a first-year university English credit.