ENG2D, Grade 10, English, Academic

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

Ministry Course Code: ENG2D

Curriculum Document: The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10: English, Ministry of Education 2007 (revised)

Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic


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This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, 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 the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.


Outline of Course Content

Unit 1:  Non-Fiction Texts 

Throughout this unit, you will discover more about the stories told through non-fiction works as you. In particular, you’ll discover how to succeed in an online setting, how to avoid plagiarism, what goes into writing a news report, and how to read and write anecdotes and memoirs. You’ll also learn how to tell a story using photographs, and what the distinction is between biographies and autobiographies. Of course, you’ll also reflect on your incredible skill growth throughout!

Unit 2:  Fiction Texts

In this unit, you’ll read, listen to, watch, and make songs, poetry, narratives, and films in addition to reading short stories. You will study many methods that diverse texts may use to communicate fictional stories You will also encounter and examine a wide variety of fictional works throughout this unit, but you’ll also be on your own search to learn the answer to this important question: How do the texts we engage with effect and influence us and our place in the world?

Unit 3:  Performance Texts

Throughout this unit, you will come across and evaluate a broad range of performance texts, both fictional and non-fictional. You will also investigate how the books we read and discuss affect and shape who we are and where we fit into the world. This will be demonstrated via a variety of resources, including rants, speeches, videos, treatments, storyboards, trailers, and pitches. At the end of this unit, you’ll build a pitch presentation to sell your movie idea.


Unit 4: Novel Study & Essay Writing

You will read a novel for this unit in order to compose a literary essay. You will discover and apply previous comprehension strategies to your reading journey. You’ll also learn how to approach the topic of the essay, and how to construct meaningful sentences and paragraphs. You’ll discover several how a novel may inspire and move readers academically and emotionally


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: Portfolio & Learning Journey Story (P/O)

 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