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

Semester 2
English, Grade 11, University Preparation
Credit Value

This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary analysis. The work in this course will focus on sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, dystopian and speculative fiction. Students will analyse poems, short stories, novels and graphic novels and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical reflections, design a website for a novel, and develop their own analytical abilities through the class discussion board.

ETS4U is based on English, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, Revised, Ministry of Education, 2007. It is comprised of six units, each of which contains several activities (that is, the lessons and assignments). The first five 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: Apocalypse: Biblical Beginnings
  • Unit 2: Post Apocalypse: Southern Gothic
  • Unit 3: Sci-Fi Dystopia: YA Fiction
  • Unit 4: Utopia – Dystopia: CanLit – Gender and Power
  • Unit 5: Speculative Fiction – Comics as Literature
  • Unit 6: Independent Study – Designing a Website