Course Title: English, Grade 9
Course Code: ENG 1P
Course Type: Applied
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: None required
Tuition Fee (CAD): $529
The course is designed to develop the key oral communication; reading, writing and media literacy skills students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will read, interpret, and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on identifying and using appropriate strategies and processes to improve students’ comprehension of texts and to help them communicate clearly and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 applied English course, which leads to college or workplace preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
- Listening to Understand: listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes;
- Speaking to Communicate: use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication situations.
Reading and Literature Studies
- Reading for Meaning: read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;
- Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning;
- Reading With Fluency: use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.
- Developing and Organizing Content: generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
- Using Knowledge of Form and Style: draft and revise their writing, using a variety of informational, literary, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience;
- Applying Knowledge of Conventions: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and
- present their work effectively;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process.
- Understanding Media Texts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts;
- Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques: identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
- Creating Media Texts: create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts
|Unit 1: People’s Stories|
The short story unit serves as the introduction to the course, offering you a In this unit, you will reflect on your role in society as a contributor a to the common good and you will reflect on the importance of sharing your gifts with others in light of gospel values. You will practice a variety of reading strategies and use the writing process to communicate in various forms of writing, with an emphasis on the paragraph. You will become aware of elements of the short story form such as: conflict, plot, devices, character development, and theme. This unit culminates with you writing a short story for your teacher.
|Unit 2: People in the Community|
You will explore how the short story concepts of setting, conflict, character, plot and theme learned in the first unit are developed in the novel. You will also investigate various websites for research In this unit, you will reflect on your role in society as a member of a community and you will consider ways to respect and preserve the dignity of the individual in keeping with gospel values. You will think critically about both the rights and responsibilities of the individual as you address significant social issues and reflect on the impact individuals can have on the global community. You will become familiar with interview skills, letter to the editor, editorial cartoons, and newspaper reports.
|Unit 3: You and the Media|
In this unit, you will study the components of a dramatic script, read a short play, write your own script and perform a reading of your script. You will also research and present your findings on an environmental issue in a formal presentation.
|Unit 4: Taking a Closer Look|
In this unit, you will reflect on the ways in which fictional stories can present realistic issues and concerns. You will examine the theme of Appearance Versus Reality as a means of understanding human nature. You will select and study a novel and apply your understanding of the context to the everyday challenges presented by society. You will reflect your sense of justice and human dignity in writing, discussions, and media works.
|Unit 5: Culminating Activity|
This is the culminating unit for this course. This unit will provide a culminating assessment for the course and include activities from all four previous units.
|Total Hours||110 hours|