ENG3U, Grade 11, English, University Preparation

Course Title/ Grade/ Course Type: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

Ministry Course Code: ENG3U

Curriculum Document: English, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2007 (Revised)

Prerequisite: ENG2D, English, Grade 10, Academic


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This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse 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.


Outline of Course Content

Unit 1: Writing 

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of writing, including the writing process, and strategies for future writing tasks. Students will learn about sentence and paragraph structures, outlining an essay and formulating a thesis statement, and, lastly, the structure of comparison and critical analysis essays.


Unit 2: Telling Stories

In this unit students will explore the purpose of writing and the impacts it can have on an audience. To do this, students will be introduced to the persuasive techniques used to create powerful literature, as well as the conventions of various fiction forms like short stories, op-eds, and narration.


Unit 3: Speak Your Truth!

In this unit, students will explore the various ways speaking methods and conventions can impact an audience. Students will explore various ways that our voice can be a cause for chance, in speeches, in drama, and in our actions. Students will learn the conventions of persuasion and write and present their own rendition of a persuasive speech.


Unit 4: Impact of Media

In this unit, students will have a chance to write passionately about how they want to impact change in their world. Furthermore, students will learn the conventions used in essay writing to enhance the effectiveness of its reach to the desired audience. Writing strategies will be explored, and the learning students have done will be consolidated in a final essay at the end of the unit.


Unit 5: Essay Writing

This unit introduces a set of tools and techniques that will deepen the students’ understanding of different types of essay writing, including formal, informal, and compare and contrast essays. This unit will demonstrate how to plan and structure your texts, as well as how to focus their work for a specific purpose and audience. Throughout this unit, students will get a full view of the essay writing process and apply it by writing their own paper.


Culminating Activity: Persuasive Essay & Presentation

Final Exam: Covers all Overall Expectations

Final Mark will be determined following percentages:

70% Determined by the evaluations conducted throughout the duration of the course:

Products – Assignments, Essays, Journals, Portfolio

Observations – Presentations

Conversations – Conference with the Teacher

30% Final examination of the students and/or a Culmination Assignment