This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and creative and critical thinking skills that are necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse and respond critically to literary texts from contemporary and historical periods and from a variety of countries and cultures, as well as to a range of informational and media texts; create texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes; and consolidate their knowledge of effective oral communication. Important focuses are using language with precision and clarity, establishing an appropriate voice for specific purposes and audiences, and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively.

Modules

Indian Horse: The Healing Power of Storytelling

In this module, students will read and analyse the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. This powerful story tells of a young boy’s life during and after going to a residential school.

Looking to the Future

In this module, students will explore various career paths, research entrepreneurship options, and explore the competencies necessary for their postsecondary life.

Theories of Relativity

In this module, students will read and analyse the novel Theories of Relativity by Barbara Haworth-Attard. This Canadian youth novel tells the stories of homeless youths and their tales of survival.

Stories We Read, Stories We Tell

In this module, students will choose a graphic novel to read and to interpret. They will try to better understand how the author of their novel uses both words and images to construct literary universes and to present aspects of their culture.