ENG4U, Grade 12, English, University Preparation

Course Title/ Grade/ Course Type: English, Grade 12, University Preparation

Ministry Course Code: ENG4U

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

Prerequisite: ENG3U, English, Grade 11, University Preparation


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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.


Outline of Course Content

Unit 1:  Discovering Resilience in Non-Fiction

In this unit students will explore stories told through non-fiction texts. In doing so, students will become familiar with the conventions and academic challenges that come with analyzing non-fiction texts. One of these challenges is the process of evaluation the reliability and authority of non-fiction texts such as articles, essays, and even oral texts like podcasts.  Through this process students will learn about setting goals, reading strategies, persuasion, and communication.


Unit 2:  Encountering Resilience in Poetry & Fiction

In the previous unit, we explored the topic of resilience through non-fiction texts; but in this unit we are going to look at poetry and other fiction texts to see how they interpret the resilient journey. Students will again look at what it means to be resilient, and why it’s worth exploring this theme through written

fiction and oral texts. Students will be challenged to convey the meaning of texts with direct reference to their conventions and form; and will also learn what it means to examine a story through a perspective, or lens to decipher meaning in various ways while remaining grounded in textual evidence.


Unit 3:  Classically Resilient

In this unit, students will enter the realm of archetypes and classical theater.  Students will be faced with two stories of resilience, and will be tasked at the end to compare the stories and the compare or contrast the two classical plays, Hamlet and Oedipus Rex. In preparation for this, students will watch and read the plays and their adaptations, they will answer questions regard archetypes, and will consider the stories of resilience through a female character’s perspective.


Unit 4: Investigating Resilience in Media Portrayals

In this unit, students will look at how the media might portray, using its propriety convention and forms, the story of groups and individuals standing their ground. Media conventions and the form have impacting how information is communicated to a wider audience and most importantly how it affects our understanding. As students have learned, there are multiple lenses through which we can analyze meaning, and the media is only another lens in our inventory.


Final Exam        

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