This course is designed to give students in Grade 7 and 8 the fundamental skills required for success in the Grade 9 English Curriculum.
The course will incorporate units of study providing a foundation in each strand of the English curriculum which students will encounter in Grade 9 English. The course comprises of four units:
Short Stories - Three short stories will be covered during this part of the course. Each story is designed to cover the elements of plot, theme and character.
Novel Study - A short novel will be assigned at the beginning of the course which will be the focus of this unit. The analysis of the novel will cover the elements particular to a novel as distinct from a short story. This unit will culminate in an Independent Study Unit which includes written and oral components.
Poetry - This part of the course will cover concepts of figurative language and analysis.
Advanced Essay Writing - Building on skills taught in previous POW courses, this unit will teach skills specific to writing a Literary Essay of 500-600 words. The essay will be written on topics related to the novel studied in Unit 2.
In addition, an Independent Study Unit (ISU) will be introduced at the beginning of the course. A choice of novels will be offered to students. Their ISU will include the following activities related to the novel students have chosen:
Summary notes on plot, character and theme
A poem to illustrate a theme found in their chosen novel
An activity to involve the class which teaches students something about the novel.
An oral presentation to the class to highlight their chosen novel.