Studies in Literature: ETS4U (Grade 12, University Preparation)

Availability
Semester 2
Prerequisite
English, Grade 11, University Preparation
Credit Value
1.0

This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course will focus on themes, genres, time periods, and countries. Students will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.

ETS4U is based on English, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, Revised, Ministry of Education, 2007. It is comprised of five units, each of which contains several activities (that is, the lessons and assignments). The first four units are term work; the final unit is the culminating task. Each unit will also contain an activity that will be necessary for the successful completion of the culminating task

Unit 1: The Writer’s Voice and You

  • Activity 1: Why Read Literature?
  • Activity 2: The Reader’s Response
  • Activity 3: The Language of Literature
  • Activity 4: The Writer’s Voice
  • Activity 5: Narrative Voice
  • Activity 6: The Alchemist

Unit 2: The Critic’s Voice

  • Activity 1: What is Literary Criticism?
  • Activity 2: The Role of Literary Criticism
  • Activity 3: The Factors that Shape Critical Perspectives
  • Activity 4: Overview of Critical Perspectives
  • Activity 5: The Giving Tree – A Critical Approach

Unit 3: Familiar Voices

  • Activity 1: Why Read Classics?
  • Activity 2: One Classical Voice – Poetry
  • Activity 3: The Language of Poetry
  • Activity 4: An Historical Perspective (Literary Movements)
  • Activity 5: The Poet’s Corner

Unit 4: Marginalized Voices

  • Activity 1: The Importance of Reading the “World”
  • Activity 2: Agents of Power and Powerlessness
  • Activity 3: Language as Power
  • Activity 4: Writing – a Vocation
  • Activity 5: Novel Study

Unit 5: Advocating Voice – Culminating Activities

  • Activity 1: The Anthology as Culminating Activity
  • Activity 2: Preface – An Introduction
  • Activity 3: Letter as Poet
  • Activity 4: Narrative – Another Voice
  • Activity 5: The Photo Essay
  • Activity 6: Epilogue – A Reflection