"Our stories don't have to be elaborate or highly dramatic to be powerful-they just have to be about us. When we share them with others, we let ourselves be known and understood." Richard Wagamese from Runaway Dreams

You will start by reading a host of adventure stories.  Then you will get to read other people's mail when you learn about "stories told as letters." After that, you will choose one of two novel study units. What will it be? A futuristic tale of cyber-espionage or a trip to a land populated by genies and mythical birds? 

How does language shape ideas and influence others? How are creative writers observant of the world and how do they take take risks and persevere?

How are texts socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed? Students will learn to engage with writing processes so they can support their creativity and enhance clarity of expression.

Self reflection, genres of literature, active reading, elements of style, poetry, characters, plot, and conflict.

The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world. How do people understand text differently depending on their world views and perspectives? What rights and responsibilities do digital citizens have in an increasingly globalized society?

Voice is powerful and evocative.

In this course you will explore how to describe ideas in writing, to explore the dangers of fake news, to read great novels, to explore symbolism in writing and film, to compare different styles, to ask "what if?" and to use language to bring out your own passions.

Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.

The aim of Literacy Foundations is to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to be successful in coursework at the Grade 10, 11, 12 levels. This is a bridging course designed to meet the needs of students who require upgrading to continue on in their chosen coursework.

This course provides an opportunity to learn more about thinking, reading, and writing analytically and critically and refresh your own skills.  To achieve this end, you will read many different forms of literature and write in a variety of genres.