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Composition 11

Composition 11 Course Overview

Big Ideas

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

People understand
text  differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.

are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed.

Language shapes ideas
and influences others.

Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.

People are empowered by being
able to communicate effectively.

Engagement with writing processes can support creativity and enhance clarity of expression.



Composition 11 is a 4-credit English course that counts towards the graduation portfolio in British Columbia high schools. It is one of the choices to meet the mandatory English Studies 11 requirement. This course focuses on polishing writing skills in the following areas: research (expository writing), creative writing (description and narrative), analytical (literary). The basis of the course is developing greater reading skills and critical inquiry.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisite: Completion of a Grade 10 English Language Arts course
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 11 English Language Arts options required for graduation

Course Materials

  • Students must submit all work in Word documents.
  • It is strongly recommended that students use the links provided by the teacher for grammatical and syntax support.

Brief Outline



Writing Process

Expository, Descriptive and Narrative Writing

Novel Study

Analytical reading and writing

Mid-term Exam

Independent writing showing knowledge of content of novel as well as ability to write narrative, description, and expository texts. (2 hours)

Short Fiction

Exploration of short fiction through analysis and creative extension.

Creation of short story

Write a 1000-word short story: provide a full outline (characterization, motivation, plot-line, atmosphere, intent). Student must incorporate teacher feedback in the final draft.

Final Exam

Will be tested on content of short stories, ability to synthesize critical understanding of themes and other literary elements. Student will be given a creative prompt and will show the ability to write with expression.

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course



Midterm exam


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course. 

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