Distance Learning

Web-Based Course Option

English Language Arts

The assessment criteria and evaluation for each course will vary. A teacher is engaged with the students to facilitate their learning activities and is responsible for determining the assessment strategies used with their students. Students will be made aware of the assessment criteria when they are enrolled in a course.

Note: All web-based courses will require word processor software (such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect) as well as an internet browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari).

English Language Arts Courses
Grade 9 English Language Arts (10F)
Grade 10 English Language Arts (20F)
Grade 11 English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus (30S)
Grade 11 English Language Arts: Literary Focus (30S)
Grade 11 English Language Arts: Transactional Focus (30S)
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus (40S)
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Literary Focus (40S)
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Technical Communication (40S)
Grade 12 English Language Arts: Transactional Focus (40S)

.Grade 9 English Language Arts (10F)

This course facilitates the language development in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing. The student will gain knowledge and develop skills, strategies, and attitudes to enhance their earning. The study of English Language Arts enables students to understand and appreciate language and to use it confidently in a variety of situations.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: Self and Others
  • Module 2: The Zine
  • Module 3: Communities and Culture
  • Module 4: The Conflicts in Our Lives
  • Module 5: The Pattern of Story
  • Module 6: Longer Works
  • Module 7: Media Literarcy
  • Module 8: The Showcase Portfolio

Required Resources

  • Digital Audio Recorder
  • Computer Scanner (hardware)
  • One of the following non-fiction books, available from the Manitoba Textbook Bureau:
    • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (MTBB order #21116)
    • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (MTBB order #21126)
  • One of the following novels, available from the Manitoba Textbook Bureau:
    • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (MTBB order #21134)
    • The Empty Chair by Bess Kaplan (MTBB order #21148)
    • Forbidden City by William Bell (MTBB order #21151)
    • Jesper by Carol Matas (MTBB order #21180)
    • The Lottery by Beth Goobie (MTBB order #2767)
    • The King’s Daughter by Suzanne Martel (MTBB order #21186)
    • Listen for the Singing by Jean Little (MTBB order #21189)
    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (MTBB order #21191)
    • The Pigman by Paul Zindel (MTBB order #21197)
    • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (MTBB order #2768)
    • Tribes by Arthur Slade (MTBB order #2766)
    • The Wool Pack by Cynthia Harnett (MTBB order #21214)
    • Words by Heart by Ouida Sebestyen (MTBB order #21216)

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Grade 10 English Language Arts (20F)

This course will help facilitate the language development of Grade 10 students. Students will study selected novels, plays and poems to further their understanding of language and literacy.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: Starting with Yourself as a Learner
  • Module 2: Introducing Yourself to Others
  • Module 3: Significant People in Your Life: The Influence of Parents
  • Module 4: Finding Yourself and Your Place in the World
  • Module 5: The Many Forces That Influence People: Novel Study
  • Module 6: More Influential Factors in Our Lives: How the Values of Friends and Peers Affect Us
  • Module 7: Newsmakers of Today: People Who Influence Our World
  • Module 8: The Showcase Portfolio

Required Resources

  • One of the following novels:
    • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • Dreamspeaker by Cam Hubert
    • True Grit by C. Portes
    • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys
    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

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Grade 11 English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus (30S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 11 students. The emphasis of this course is 50% pragmatic/practical and 50% aesthetic/reflective. Students explore the use of language for pragmatic purposes: to inform, direct, persuade, plan, analyze, and explain. They also engage with and use language for aesthetic purposes: personally connecting with the text, developing deeper insights, and responding thoughtfully to the ideas and topics presented. Some of the learning experiences include: designing a promotional pamphlet, composing a self-portrait, conducting an interview, writing a multi-genre paper, creating a formal report and a portfolio.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: My Expectations
  • Module 2: Reader’s Expectations
  • Module 3: Writer’s Expectations
  • Module 4: Family Expectations
  • Module 5: Societal/Cultural Expectations, Part 1
  • Module 6: Societal/Cultural Expectations, Part 2
  • Module 7: “Living Up to Expectations”

Required Resources

  • Digital Audio Recorder
  • A Bird in the House, by Margaret Laurence (MTBB #21574)
  • One of the following five novels, available from the Manitoba Textbook Bureau:
    • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (MTBB #21587)
    • The Night We Stole the Mountie’s Car, by Max Braithwaite (MTBB #21598)
    • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (MTBB #21575)
    • The Giver, by Lois Lowry (MTBB #8681)
    • The Loved One, by Evelyn Waugh (MTBB #21594)

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Grade 11 English Language Arts: Literary Focus (30S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 11 students. The emphasis of this course is 30% pragmatic/practical and 70% aesthetic/reflective. Students will read, view, listen to and discuss a selection of texts including novels, poetry and plays in order to develop deeper insights, and to respond thoughtfully to the ideas and topics presented. Some of the learning experiences include recording a writer’s notebook, and compiling a portfolio of personal written works.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: My Literary World
  • Module 2: Worlds Around Me
  • Module 3: Entering Other Worlds
  • Module 4: Entering Still More Worlds
  • Module 5: Responding to Worlds of Money and Power
  • Module 6: Creating Worlds of Money and Power
  • Module 7: The World of Poetry
  • Module 8: My Literary World on Display

Required Resources

  • One of the following three novels, available from the Manitoba Textbook Bureau:
    • The Bingo Palace by Louise Erdrich (MTBB #8155)
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (MTBB #21588)
    • Under the Ribs of Death by John Marlyn (MTBB #21628)

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Grade 11 English Language Arts: Transactional Focus (30S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 11 students. The emphasis of this course is 70% pragmatic/practical and 30% aesthetic/reflective. In order to meet the learning outcomes, students will engage with and compose texts primarily to gain information or discern another point of view, to compare and weigh ideas, to argue a case, and to conduct daily transactions. Pragmatic communication is audience-specific; as speakers, writers, and representers, they learn to express themselves clearly, logically, and with an intended effect. Some of the learning experiences include: creating a zine, designing a pamphlet, recording an oral presentation, producing an advertisement, and creating a portfolio.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: Getting Acquainted
  • Module 2: Advertising
  • Module 3: From Fiction to Fact: Self-Directed Inquiry
  • Module 4: Television
  • Module 5: Messages in the Workplace
  • Module 6: Samples and Reflections (Portfolio)

Required Resources

  • One of the following novels:
    • Babbit, by S. Lewis
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    • The Grapes of Wrath by J. Steinbeck
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • A Separate Peace by J. Knowles
    • Snow Falling on Cedars by D. Guterson
    • Tunes for Bears to Dance To by R. Cormier

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Grade 12 English Language Arts: Comprehensive Focus (40S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 12 students. The emphasis of this course is 50% pragmatic/practical and 50% aesthetic/reflective. As listeners, readers, and viewers, students will recall, paraphase, and analyse pragmatic texts, and respond to and interpret aesthetic literature. This course provides students with multiple opportunities to engage with and produce a variety of texts, some of the learning experiences include: planning and presenting a campaign, writing a multigenre paper, producing a news broadcast, and designing a portfolio.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: Using Language to Delight
  • Module 2: Using Language to Inform
  • Module 3: Using language to Challenge
  • Module 4: Using Language to Manipulate
  • Module 5: Using Language to Share and Celebrate

Required Resources

  • Digital Audio Recorder
  • Computer Slideshow Presentation program
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (MTBB #21861)

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Grade 12 English Language Arts: Literary Focus (40S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 12 students. The emphasis of this course is 30% pragmatic/practical and 70% aesthetic/reflective.  Students will read, view, listen to and discuss a selection of texts including novels, poetry and plays in order to develop deeper insights, and to respond thoughtfully to the ideas and topics presented. Some of the learning experiences include creating and performing a monologue, and adapting a text into a stage performance.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: The Art of Reading
  • Module 2: The Art of Writing
  • Module 3: The Arts of Viewing and Representing
  • Module 4: The Arts of Listening Speaking
  • Module 5: The Art of Performance
  • Module 6: Reflection and the Future

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Grade 12 English Language Arts: Technical Communication (40S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 12 students. The emphasis of this course is on language and documents used in business transactions and everyday life including letters and memos, advertisements, resumes and websites.  Students will study the Diamond Writer technical writing model and apply the writing guide to their final course projects.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: Expectations and Explorations
  • Module 2: What is Technical Communication?
  • Module 3: Writing with the Diamond-Writer
  • Module 4: The Language of Technical Communication
  • Module 5: Layer One of the Creation/Innovation Pyramid: Base of Knowledge
  • Module 6: Layer Two of the Creation/Innovation Pyramid: Product Concept
  • Module 7: Layer Three of the Creation/Innovation Pyramid: Prototype
  • Module 8: Layer Four of the Creation/Innovation Pyramid: Marketing

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Grade 12 English Language Arts: Transactional Focus (40S)

This course will assist with the language development of Grade 12 students. The emphasis of this course is 70% pragmatic/practical and 30% aesthetic/reflective. The Transactional Focus stresses the pragmatic uses of language: language that informs, directs, plans, persuades, analyzes, argues, and explains. This course is designed for those students who wish to work with and create non-fictional materials. Students will have the opportunity to create newspaper articles, write letters for business and personal purposes and to design job application letters.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Module 1: The Communication Process
  • Module 2: The Communication Tools
  • Module 3: The Communication Viewpoints
  • Module 4: Journalism Basics
  • Module 5: The Scripts of Our Lives
  • Module 6: The Meaning of Success

Required Resources

  • Digital Audio Recorder
  • Viewpoints: Reflections in Non-Fiction. McClymont [ed.]. Nelson Canada. 1990

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