English Language Arts B10 Course Outline
Units: The World Around and Within Us
Equity and Ethics
This semester will allow students to explore ideas relating to the world around and within us, as well as equity and ethics. The class will examine these different issue through a variety of different genres. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own experiences as they read, listen, view, speak and write about each of the themes and its relationship to the literature studied.
Specific Skills To Be Covered:
Writing: This will be studied as a process. Students will write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Specific writing skills will be addresses such as types of paragraphs, creative writing and literary text analysis.
Reading: Critical and creative reading skills will be emphasized; students will learn to recognize literary forms and techniques and become familiar with literary devices. Time will be spent comparing texts, as well as reading for enjoyment.
Listening: In conjunction with speaking skills, students will be expected to enhance their listening skills through a variety of activities.
Representing and Viewing: Students will be expected to both appreciate and utilize various forms of video and visual aids in order to meaningfully interpret literary texts.
Language: Language skills such as diction, sentence errors, punctuation, effective sentences, and sound pattern will be addresses throughout the semester when they are best suited to meet the needs of students. Research has shown that grammar is only meaningful when understood in the context of literature and language.
According to the Saskatchewan Curriculum, the minimum guide for ELA B10 resource selection includes:
Short Stories – 3 intensive, 2 extensive Essays: 3 intensive, 2 extensive
Poems- 5 intensive, 5 extensive Plays: 1 intensive, 1 extensive
Full length Non- fiction and Novels – 1 intensive, 1 extensive
Other Media – Focus on Video
*Note: an “intensive” selection is one that is studied in some detail for a specific purpose. This course will be intensively studying a variety of novels based on students interests and reading level; as well as studying the play Macbeth. “Extensive” selections are intended to be studies for application of previously learned strategies and/ or personal enjoyment. A large part of “extensive” study will be covered through the silent reading program at the start of each class.
Evaluation, which will focus on both process and product, will consist of oral and written assignments, as well as tests. Students will be expected to complete both individual and group assignments. Students are also expected to participate in all class discussions and the supplementary reading project.
Process/ Product 80%
(compose and create, comprehend and respond, assess and reflect)
Final Exam 20%
Absences and Tardiness
Please refer to the school website in regard to the school policy on absences and tardiness. I will be following all school policies in my classroom.
Please refer to our school website for information regarding the school policy on student dress code.
Assignments that are late may receive a deduction of up to 15%. Meeting deadlines is an important life skills.
It is important to note that if there is a foreseeable conflict with personal scheduling, YOU must talk to Ms. Brown ahead of time to rearrange or request an extension. If an extension is needed you must discuss it with your teacher at least 24 hours prior to the due date. Assignments not turned in due to unexcused absences will receive a zero. Furthermore there will be no re-writes or bonus assignments given.
When students have significant assignments that they have not completed they may be referred to the schools OAR program. Throughout the semester there will be 4 designated OAR days. During OAR students have an opportunity to complete large assignments that they did not hand in on the designated due date. Any assignments that are completed during OAR will be graded with the appropriate amount of marks deducted. If an assignment is completed after the designated OAR session it will receive an NHI0.
Missed Class Exams or Quizzes
A mark of 0% will be given to any student who misses a scheduled exam unless a phone call has been received by the office from a parent or guardian. Students who are eligible to write a missed exam will make arrangements with the teacher at the teacher’s convenience.
Behaviour and Citizenship
All students are requires to display polite, courteous manners towards teachers, office and maintenance staff, as well as towards fellow peers. Please try to maintain the three R’s at all times: RESECT for self, RESPECT for others and RESPONSIBILITY for your own actions.
Academic Fraud – Academic integrity is a commitment to the fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. When this is compromised, plagiarism occurs. This may involve failure to cite another author’s work, paraphrasing without sufficient acknowledgement, and direct word-for-word copying. Simply put, students present work done by someone else as if it is their own. Consequences for this act will be determined by the specific circumstances; however, a student can expect to receive a verbal or written warning, a partial or full deduction of marks which may include a zero grade for that piece of work, and the expectation that the assignment be redone.
We begin each class with a journal, the journal prompt will be on the white board at the start of each class. It is an expectation that as soon as a student enters the classroom they will do so in a quiet, respectful manner, they will immediately sit in their assigned spot and begin their journal. To complete their journal students must write: the date, a summarized version of the journal topic and a complete journal response (minimum of ten sentences). After completing their journal entry, all students will silently open their silent reading book and proceed to read until the teacher informs them that they will begin their formal lesson. All students should be sitting in their assigned seats reading prior to the second bell ringing.
You will be expected to answer the daily journal in this class using the class Facebook webpage.
1) Did you write clearly, and with purpose about the prompt.
- Did you answer the prompt thoroughly and completely.
- Did you use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
- Did you write the prompt down at the top of the entry.
- Did you include the date.