The English Department courses help students succeed in all other subject areas by building their understanding of the English language and developing their communication and critical thinking skills.The OSS English Department wants to ensure that every student has the tools to be successful in life, regardless of their chosen pathway and profession. We want to challenge you in your learning, but also make it relevant and interesting.
Our Grade Nine courses focus on the concept of a "Hero" and will present students with challenging new reads from Tim Wynne-Jones' The Boy in the Burning House, to William Bell's The Blue Helmet, or Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion. Each of these core texts will be supported by a variety of short stories and a comprehensive film study.
Our Grade Ten courses focus on the concept of "survival" as well as "equity and diversity." Students will be presented with a variety of reading options, such as Tim Wynne-Jones' The Maestro, William Bell's Crabbe, Robert C. O'Brien's Z for Zachariah, Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and a variety of short stories, short plays, and a comprehensive film unit matched to the theme of the play.
Our Grade Eleven courses will focus primarily on First Nations literature, presenting students with a variety of impressive graphic novels, short plays, and challenging novels. Students will read from a variety of texts including Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire's The Secret Path, Joseph Boyden's Wenjack, Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves, Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse, Drew Hayden Taylor's Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, and Thompson Highway's The Rez Sisters.
Our Grade Twelve courses focus on preparing for adulthood, elements of persuasion, and growth to maturity. Depending on the pathway students will see a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts assisting in preparing them for their chosen pathway. This final year of school offers too many options and too much freedom to list all of the possible texts here. We encourage our grade eleven students (and their parents) to talk to their teachers about their grade twelve course selection when the time comes to determine the best options for the student. It is also in grade twelve when students are able to participate in The Writer's Craft course where they will participate in a variety of writing workshops and build a portfolio of work over the course of the semester.