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Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied

English, Grade 11, University Preparation – ENG3UI

Course Outline 2013-2014

Waterloo Collegiate Institute – Ms. A. Klassen


English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2DI)


• Viewpoints 11

• Reference Points

Major Works

• Macbeth

• Common Novel (determined from list below by teacher)

• Reading Circle Novels include The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The Color Purple, The Kite Runner, The Lovely Bones, The Great Gatsby, Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Power of One, Jade Peony, Sweetness in the Belly, Little Bee

Course Description

“This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse challenging texts from various periods; conduct research and analyse the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyse the relationship among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on understanding the development of the English language.” (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 11 and 12 English, 2000)

Course Structure



Approx. Periods

Approx. Timing


Responding to Literature: Common Novel, Poetry & Short Stories


Sept. – Oct.


An Introduction to Drama and Tragedy: Macbeth


Nov. – Jan.


Film Techniques: Documentary Films




Novel Study: Literature Circle Novels


Mar. – Apr.


Spoken Word Poetry and Speeches




Exam Preparation



Overall Expectations

(Big Ideas)

To be successful in this course, you will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following:

  1. Oral Communication: Listening to understand and speaking to communicate, using a variety appropriate skills and strategies for a variety of audiences and purposes.
  2. Reading: Reading and demonstrating an understanding of a variety of texts, recognizing how text forms communicate meaning and using knowledge of vocabulary to read fluently.
  3. Writing: Generating and organizing ideas to write for specific purposes and audiences, by drafting, revising, editing and publishing to present work effectively.
  4. Media Studies: Identifying and understanding some media forms, explaining how conventions and techniques create meaning and using knowledge of these conventions and techniques to create media texts for specific purposes and audiences.
  5. Reflecting: Reflecting on and identifying strengths, areas for improvement and strategies used in oral communication, reading, writing and media studies.


The MAJOR assignments below are constructed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the overall expectations of the course. Therefore, missing major assignments may result in a loss of credit.

MAJOR Assignment


Approx. Due Date

Writing Skills Portfolio and Self Reflection


Multiple Checkpoints


Macbeth Seminar


End of December

Macbeth Argumentative Essay


End of January

Media Assignment


End of February

Literature Circle Novel Literary Essay


End of April

Personal Speech


End of May

Final Exam


Middle of June


*Additional formative assessments will be provided throughout the year to give you opportunities for helpful feedback as you work towards completing major assignments.

Classroom Expectations

In addition to the classroom expectations we will come up with together, these are some basic expectations I have:

  1. Be on time and be prepared.
  2. Be respectful of people’s ideas, personalities, possessions and space.
  3. Listen actively before speaking.
  4. Contribute – your ideas are valued!
  5. Be pro-active with communication before due dates and both in and outside of class.

Necessary Materials

I recommend the following materials to stay organized in this course: a binder with dividers (potentially for each unit), pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky-notes, lined paper and any other note-taking or organizational materials you need to be successful. You will also need to bring the relevant texts to class everyday.


I will use technology as much as I can throughout the year – in the form of websites, online blogs and discussion boards, etc. Unless part of an activity, please refrain from using your cell-phones and mp3 players in class. They are disrespectful and take your attention away from the important action of our class. Please review the Digital Citizenship Policy in the Student Planner for more information about WCI’s expectations.

Absences and Managing Coursework

This U-level course will cover a lot of material and skills; senior U-level courses require additional responsibility and time management to be successful. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed BEFORE the next class. The course website is an important tool to keep you organized. Checking the calendar on the website regularly will keep you up-to-date with due dates, assigned work, and lessons.

I will try to minimize the amount of work to be completed outside of class. The more productivity in class, the less work will be assigned. Assigned work outside of class will most likely include preparing readings for class discussions, finishing formative tasks, and completing major assignments not finished in class time.

Late Assignments

At WCI it is the expectation that students will submit all required work by the assigned due date as evidence of their learning.� Students who fail to meet a due date for an essential course component will be subject to the completion policy found in the Student Planner. Failure to submit this work, despite these interventions, will be recorded as incomplete and may result in a loss of credit.

Plagiarism Policy

At WCI, it is the expectation that students will submit their own original work for the purpose of demonstrating their learning.� In the event that cheating or plagiarism occurs, the following consequences may be implemented, in consultation with administration, depending on the situation:

� The student may be required to redo all or part of the assignment or assessment.

� The student may be required to complete an alternate assignment or assessment.

� The student’s work may be treated as a missed assignment.

� There may be other consequences that are determined to be appropriate, including disciplinary consequences as outlined in the Cheating/Plagiarism section of the Student Planner.

Learning Skills

The development of learning skills and work habits is an integral part of your learning.� The achievement of these skills is officially reported on your Provincial Report Card. You will be assessed on these learning skills: Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative, and Self-Regulation. Your learning skills will be reported using this scale: E-Excellent, G-Good, S-Satisfactory, and N-Needs Improvement.

In this course, submitting assignments on time, keeping an organized binder, participating in class, and communicating regularly with your teacher are examples of these learning skills.

A strategy to avoid! 


If you have questions or need additional assistance outside of class, you can find me in the Math office (Room 402) before school. You can also make an appointment to meet with me during a common spare.



Source: http://artistcellar.com/wp/2013/04/artinspiration/

This course outline is the collaborative effort of J. Urquhart and A. Klassen.

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