Level: University / College
Semester: 1, 2017-2018
Teacher Name: Mr. David Vance
This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.
Important Dates and Upcoming Evaluations
- November 14, 16, 21, and 23: Formal debates will be conducted in class.
- Wednesday, November 22: Formal outlines may be handed in. (Note that this has become an optional assignment. If students would like to pursue an excellent essay-writing exercise, they are encouraged to submit a formal outline.)
- Tuesday, November 28: Literature Circles meeting #1. Individual role contributions will be due. More information on this assignment can be found here.
Vocabulary words we’re currently working on:
Typically, on Tuesdays and Fridays we will study vocabulary. Students should have sensible definitions recorded for each of these words, and underneath, they should include one sentence of their own creation to demonstrate mastery of its use:
- deluge (noun)
- eligible (adj)
- fissure (noun)
- oblique (adj.)