The English courses at LDCSS recognize that the world in its entirety – including human culture and institutions – belongs to God and that humans are therefore fundamentally religious creatures. Through the study of literature, students will become aware of representative works and various genres; come to terms with some of the great ideas and issues of human history and culture; become aware of the craftsmanship of the writer in giving aesthetic embodiment to ideas and issues in an imaginative way; and realize that writers depict life from their view of created reality.

Through the study of composition, students appreciate language as a gift from God; realize that communication (oral and written) is one of the greatest gifts God has given to human beings and that strengthening this skill will increase their ability to communicate effectively in all areas of the curriculum as well as in life; and understand the role of language in communication, and the various purposes for which it is used and misused.

Through the study of media, students will develop an appreciation and aesthetic understanding of the media; and the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to interpret the ways the media actively construct reality. Students will also develop their research and critical skills in order to make informed and discriminating judgments about ideas transmitted through the various media.

Course Title Course Details Grade
English - ENG 1D/P This course is designed to develop the 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 informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12. We have been created in the image of God, and are called to live a life of obedient response to our Maker in all our cultural activities. We have been given the gift of speech and written expression to be better able to fulfill our task in creation. The aim of education must be to so nurture the student that they are best equipped to take up their responsibilities and many-sided callings in life to the honour of God and the well being of their neighbours. Part of the students’ cultural responsibility is to understand their culture’s literary history. In doing so, students enrich their own lives, benefit humanity and obtain a command of language all to the honour of God. Prerequisite: None 9
English - ENG 2D/P 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. Students will learn to appreciate written and oral language as a gift from God for human benefit, enjoyment and enrichment. All units are designed to challenge students to explore beyond the immediate and obvious in order to explore others’ views of this world, to compare them to Scriptural views of God’s Kingdom, to examine their own beliefs and opinions, and to be able to express these views logically and coherently through writing and speech. Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied 10
English - ENG 3U This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students 25 for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course. Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic 11
English - ENG 3C This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 college preparation course. This course looks at the place of individuals in community, particularly as we live in relationship with one another. God has blessed us all with unique gifs to be used to strengthen community. Through literature students examine how community can be destroyed or built up and explore how Christians can have a positive impact. Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Applied 11
English - ENG 4U 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. Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation 12
English - ENG 4C This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of information and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, and create oral written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace. “Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair. Love and truth are in all you do.” Psalm 89:14 Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, College Preparation 12
Canadian Literature - ETC 3M This course emphasizes the study and analysis of literary texts by Canadian authors for students with special interest in Canadian literature. Students will study the themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a variety of literary texts representative of various time periods and of the diverse cultures and regions of Canada, and will respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. Students will be given opportunities to appreciate the Canadian literary culture within the framework of their Christian faith and explore how their own writing might contribute to culture around them. Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied 11
Media Studies - EMS 3O This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analysing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgment, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are presented with many media forms every day that affect the way they think, dress, feel, and even what they believe about God. This course is a survival guide for the young Christian who will likely hear more messages from the media than any other source. It will help students understand and discern media messages, make wise choices concerning their relationship with the media, and participate in the media in a Christ-like manner. The LDCSS curriculum threads of relationships, citizenship, beauty and justice are woven throughout this course. Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied 11
The Writer's Craft - EWC 4U This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project, and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers. Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation 12
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course - OLC 4O This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing. Eligibility requirement: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. (Students who have already met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.) 12