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English Studies 12

English Studies 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world.

Texts are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed.

The examination of First Peoples cultures and lived experiences through text builds understanding of Canadians’ responsibilities in relation to Reconciliation.



As Thomas King says, "The truth about stories is that that's all we are". Inspired by this, we will be exploring stories of self, culture, and place. The collection of voices in this course are diverse and mostly Canadian. We will be critically reading, listening, and analyzing a variety of texts (essays, poetry, podcasts, documentaries, one play and two novels).

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites:English 11 (completion of 4 credits)
  • Graduation Status:This course is required for a diploma of graduation.

Course Materials(all materials are available through the VLN library)

  • Pik-Shuen Fung - Ghost Forest
  • David Chariandy – Brother
  • Drew Hayden Taylor – Cottagers and Indians

Brief Outline



Of Self

annotated reading, discussion boards, TedTalk, narrative essay, poetry analysis, creative writing, podcast

Of Culture

annotated reading, discussion boards, PowerPoint presentation, documentaries, videos, journal reflections, literary analysis essay

Of Place

documentary, discussion boards, Venn diagram analysis, sensory writing, concrete poetry analysis, synthesis essay

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course



Discussion Boards


Final Project or Exam


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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