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English

The Eden English department offers the compulsory English courses – Grades 9 - 12 Applied, Academic, College and University – required for an Ontario High School diploma.

We also offer electives:
Gr 11 Media Studies [EMS 3O]
Gr 11  Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Metis and Inuit Voices [NBE3U/C]
Gr 12 Writer’s Craft [EWC 4U/C]
Gr 12  Literature Studies (ETS 4U)
Gr 12 Partners in Literacy [IDC4U].

Media Studies (Grade 11 Open- EMS30)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analysing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgement, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

English: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Metis and Inuit Voices (Grade 11U and C- NBE 3U/C)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Aboriginal writers. Through the analysis of literary texts and media works, students will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Aboriginal writing. Students will also conduct research and analyse the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyse the relationship between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be the further development of students’ understanding of English-language usage and conventions. (This course can replace Grade 11U or C English, or count as an elective.)

Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

Writer’s Craft (Grade 12U and C- EWC4U/C)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers. Some of our units include creating illustrated children’s books that we read to local Grade 1 students, writing scripts that are performed by the senior drama class, entering writing contests and contributing to Eden’s newspaper, The Flyer.

Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University or College

Studies in Literature (Grade 12U- ETS4U)

This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. Students will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project. This course is recommended for students who love reading and are interested in a wide variety of literature from other time periods and cultures.

(This course does NOT replace 12U English.)

Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University

Partners in Literacy (Grade 12U- IDC4U)

This course is an interdisciplinary course that includes psychology, sociology, and education research to prepare students to create and deliver lessons for At-Risk Literacy or Numeracy students. Grade 12 tutors are partnered with either Gr 9/10 Applied English students or Gr 9 Applied math students to mentor and support. This is ideal for Grade 11 or 12 students who want to be teachers, leaders, social workers, or in any people-focussed field.

 

Eden High School is proud to say that over 90% of Grade 10's typically pass the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test), a standardized provincial examination that is a requirement for a high school diploma. Along with the literacy committee, staff collaboratively prepare students for this test and have experienced great success.

Book Love is a reading program incorporated into all grade levels at Eden. We focus on fostering a love of reading and developing this as a daily habit. Improving fluency, vocabulary, knowledge, empathy, comprehension and interest while reading will benefit students in every course and their personal lives.

Eden English teachers are not only involved in the classroom, they are also involved in many extra and co-curricular activities such as theatre outings, school plays, writing contests, coaching and professional development.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the school and ask for Mrs. Heather Lailey, the head of the Eden English department.