CURRICULUM POLICY The Ontario Curriculum Grade 9 and 10: English (Revised 2007)
OTHER DOCUMENT Growing Success (First edition, 2010).
Th DEPARTMENT Language Arts


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.



Throughout this course, students will:

  1. Reading for Meaning: read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, informational, and graphic texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;
  2. Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning;
  3. Reading With Fluency: use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently;
  4. Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading


By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Developing and Organizing Content: generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
  2. Using Knowledge of Form and Style: draft and revise their writing, using a variety of literary, informational, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience;
  3. Applying Knowledge of Conventions: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively;
  4. Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process


By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Understanding Media Texts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts;
  2. Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques: identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
  3. Creating Media Texts: create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
  4. Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts



Time and Sequence

Unit# 1 Poetry

In this unit students will demonstrate an understanding of poetic devices and identify their use in poems, they will make connections between poetic themes and the outside world, and listen to and understand oral poetic texts. Students will be identifying the effect of oral presentations, and understand poetic forms and create their own. It will cover listening strategies such as identifying main ideas, volume of voice during oral presentations and debate strategies. Understanding importance of different audiences and matching upon the criteria. Discovering different techniques of improvement for presentation speaking and listening skills.

30 hours
Unit# 2 Short Stories

Students will learn to recognize and use a variety of stylistic devices used in descriptive, persuasive, personal, and narrative texts. This unit will cover identifying main ideas and the elements of short stories and literary devices. Students will be examining a variety of short stories and non-fiction pieces using a variety of mediums and media styles. Students analyze the influence of social, cultural, and economic values and perspectives on text. Students develop skills in questioning, analyzing, and responding to literature with a focus on voice and theme in the stories told.

28 hours
Unit# 3 Persuasive Writing

In this unit students will learn how to identify topic, purpose and audience to adjust their writing style. Brainstorming ideas and generating support ideas for the main topic while adapting organizational skills in their writing. Determine whether the support details are relevant to the main idea and establishing a clear tone and purpose in their writing. Building upon little details such as vocabulary, diction, form, revision, spelling, grammar, punctuation, interconnected skills and metacognition.

27 hours
Unit# 4 Media Studies

In this unit students will learn the purpose of different types of media resources such as texts, pictures and videos and the particular audience they are reflected towards. Explaining the message intended by the specific media and identifying the components that conveys that message. Understand the different perspectives towards the media based on beliefs, values, and identity. Identify several different conventions and/or techniques used in familiar media forms and explain how they convey meaning and influence their audience. Describe different strategies used in interpreting and creating media texts. Explain how their essential skills helped them interpret and produce media texts.

25 hours
Final Assessment

3 hours final exam culminating activity, worth 30% of the final grade, meant as a summative evaluation of all strands.

TOTAL 110 hours