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Scarborough Centre for Alternative

Studies
Adult Day Programs

Course Title: English, Grade 12, University Preparation


Course Code: ENG4U-41
Contact Information:
Prerequisite:
ENG Classroom: 205
or assessment

Credit Value:
School Year:

1
2014-

3U

By phone: 416-396-9621
By email: adam.wrestch@tdsb.on.ca

2015

Period: 1
Course Description
This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills
necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various
periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and
media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently,
selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater
control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace. (The Ontario
Curriculum Grades 11 and 12, Revised 2007)
Major Topics Addressed/Evaluations and Dates
Topic/Unit
Evaluations
Unit 1
Reading (5%)
Short Fiction & NonPassage analysis applying literary theories and figures of speech
Fiction with Literary
Writing (5%)
Theories
Annotated bibliography for one source using academic journals based on a
literary theory and works consulted page for rejected sources.
Media (2%)
Anchor chart about literary theories.
Oral Communication (2%)
Seminars based on assigned short stories
Unit 2
Writing (8%) and Reading (4%)
George Orwells
Literary Essay (1,000-1,500 words)
Nineteen-Eighty Four
Oral Communication (7%)
Literature circles based on the reading
Reading (4%) and Media (4%)
Intertextual connection with another text
Unit 3
Writing (8%) and Media (8%)
Shakespeares Hamlet
Analysis of the narrative and editing techniques in film
Oral Communication (5%) and Reading (8%)
Dramatic reading
Culminating ActivityOral (5%) and Media (5%)
Extend your
Conducting independent research find information on literary criticisms on any
understanding
of the literature that we have read using academic online journals. Choose any
text examined in the course, and find out what different articles say about this
10% of final mark
text; you will synthesize the information and conclude it with a statement for the
significance of this text.
Finals

Select your media form to suite your topic, audience, and purpose.
Final Examination (20% of final mark)
Part 1: Essay (W 10%)
Part 2: Sight Passage (RLS 10%)

Timeline

Weeks 1-2

Week 3-5

Week 6-8

Week 7-8

Weeks 8-9

How your mark is determined:


Term Mark
(70%)
Final Mark
(30%)

Strands
Reading and Literature Studies (RLS)
Writing (W)
Oral Communication (OC)
Media Studies (MS)
Culminating Activity: OC and MS Strands
Final Examination: RLS and W Strands
Overall Mark

Strand Weights
21%
21%
14%
14%
5% and 5%
10% and 10%

Total
70%
30%
100%

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies as per Growing Success (2010)


Assessment for Learning: Assessment activities used, as required at the beginning of a block of learning (i.e.
course, unit), to determine students strengths and learning needs in order to plan, modify and adjust
instruction or to provide alternative learning opportunities (e.g. quizzes, homework, diagnostic test). Diagnostic
assessment data is not used in the determination of midterm or finals for inclusion on the report card.
Assessment as Learning: Ongoing assessment during the learning process. It is used to monitor student
performance and provide feedback in an effort to enhance and improve learning and instruction (e.g. quizzes,
performances, journals, homework, tests). Recorded formative data can be tracked and monitored to support
professional judgment in cases where the body of evidence provided by the student has been affected by such
things as illness, missed assignments, etc.
Assessment of Learning: Evaluation that occurs at the conclusion of a block of learning (e.g. activity, unit,
course, semester/school year) and focuses on student achievement and program effectiveness (e.g. journal
portfolio, major presentation/performance, exam). This is used to determine the 70% term mark.
Course Expectations
Late Assignments
1. Late assignments may be accepted, at the teachers discretion, after the due date until an Ultimate
Deadline date (the day the graded evaluation is returned) and up to 10% may be deducted from the
total mark.
Missed Tests/Assignments:
1. Students are responsible for finding out themselves what they missed if they are absent from class.
2. If a student is absent for a test, the student may be given an opportunity to make up the test at the
teachers discretion and will write the test on an agreed date.
3. There are no opportunities to make up missed quizzes.
4. Every student must write the final exam. If a student misses a final exam, the student must provide
to the Vice Principal(s) the appropriate medical or legal documentation; otherwise, a mark of zero will
be given.
Plagiarism or Cheating
Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone elses words and ideas as ones own. Please see your Student
Agenda for examples of plagiarism. When plagiarism or cheating is detected, the following process will be
followed:
1. The teacher will discuss the matter with the student and a mark of zero will be given on
assignment.
2. The Vice-Principal(s) will be informed.
Code of Conduct
Students are bound by the Code of Conduct. The entire code may be found in your agenda.

1.

No cell phones, pagers, and/or other electronic communication devices at any time, including
in class and during final exams/culminating activities

Attendance & Punctuality Expectations


Your success depends upon regular attendance, punctuality, and completing course assignments. Students
are expected to show up every day, be on time, and stay for the duration of the class. Failure to do so places
their registration in the course and SCAS program at risk. Late students will be asked to go to the office to
meet with a Vice-Principal (Stan or Ionie). The Vice-Principal or Guidance Office Administrator will provide
students with an official computerized admit slip. Students must present this official slip to the teacher for reentry to class.
Midterm Mark and Maintain Mark Date:
1.
Day 23 of the Quad (Mid-term mark): This offers you a chance to review your achievement to date.
At the teachers discretion, after reviewing your attendance and course participation, you may be
offered the chance to make up missed or alternate assignments. However, you are not entitled to
this opportunity.
2.
Day 28 of the Quad (Mark maintain date): You have five days after you receive the mid-term mark
to withdraw from a course, should you not want the mark to appear on your transcript. The mark will
appear and remain on the transcript on the sixth day after mid-terms.
3.
Day 40 of the Quad: With the end of the Quad, at the teachers discretion, after reviewing your
attendance and course participation, the teacher may offer you a chance to make up missed or
alternate assignments. Again, you are not entitled to this opportunity. Credit Rescue and Credit
Recovery are options, not entitlements, for students.
Duty to Report -- A Note on Legal Obligations and Reporting
Should you be experiencing personal difficulties, support is available to you via your teacher, the Guidance
Department, and the Administration at SCAS.
Should you approach your teacher, a member of Guidance, or an administrator with concerns, she or he has a
legal and professional duty to report to the relevant authorities, including the Children's Aid Society (CAS), any
issues dealing with the following:
1.
statements about harm to children ( e.g., any comments that suggest a child under the age of 16
has been or may be harmed by physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and/or neglect or
exposure to unfit living conditions);
2.
statements about harm to others;
3.
statements about harm to self.
The school and the classroom are public spaces. This means that you do NOT have an inherent right to
privacy such as you would in your home. Anything you say directly to, or may be overheard by, school
personnel require that person to report to the appropriate authorities. For example, any admission of a criminal
offense or intent to commit such an offense, or acknowledgement of knowledge of criminal offenses, requires
the staff member to inform the Administration and contact the police.