Communications

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Welcome to Communications Program Area

Program Head
Jon Zagaja

Assistant
Katherine Anderson

English Teachers
Jane Cowan
Karen Drummond
Tyler Ertel
Colleen Harrington
Justina Ho
John Kipfer
Darcel Kirvan
Leanne Kropf
Heather MacEachern
Kristy Miller
Tony Paolo
Tara-Lynn Richardson
Paula Scheben
Jon Zagaja

ESL Teachers
Katherine Anderson
Jon Zagaja

Language Teachers
April-Anne Elliot
Gisele Leger
Nicole Sobieszek
Cidalia Taggart

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Refer to the St. Mary’s Course Calendar for course descriptions

Advanced Placement (AP) at St. Mary’s main page

Introduction – Advanced Placement (AP) English

The Advanced Placement Program at St. Mary’s High School is an enrichment program that challenges motivated and high-achieving students and emphasizes a commitment to academic excellence. The long term goal is to sharpen thinking and communications skills so that students are prepared for university. A secondary goal is to prepare students for Advanced Placement Exams, which provide them with an opportunity to earn first year university equivalency credits.

The Advanced Placement Program in English  challenges motivated and high-achieving students to pursue their love of communication, including reading, writing, analysis of literature, oral communication and media studies.  A secondary goal is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Course and Exam that takes place in the spring semester of their grade 12 year, which provides them with an opportunity to earn a first year university equivalency credit in English.

Qualities of a Pre-AP English Student

  • strong reader and writer
  • self-motivated learner
  • high achiever
  • sponge for learning
  • possibly underachieving due to boredom

Recommended Course Progression

  • grade 9 – English Pre-AP – ENG1DP
  • grade 10 – English Pre-AP – ENG2DP
  • grade 11 – English Pre-AP – ENG3UP
  • grade 12 – English AP – ENG4UP

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Big Ideas

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Advanced Placement (AP) at St. Mary’s main page

Introduction – Advanced Placement (AP) French

The Advanced Placement Program at St. Mary’s High School is an enrichment program that challenges motivated and high-achieving students and emphasizes a commitment to academic excellence. The long term goal is to sharpen thinking and communications skills so that students are prepared for university. A secondary goal is to prepare students for Advanced Placement Exams, which provide them with an opportunity to earn first year university equivalency credits.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program in French challenges  students to expand their skills and exposure to studies in French. The program emphasizes a commitment to academic excellence.  The long term goal is to sharpen thinking and communications skills so that students are prepared for university.  A secondary goal is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement French Exam that takes place in the spring semester of their grade 12 year, which provides them with an opportunity to earn a first year university equivalency credit in French.

Qualities of a Pre-AP French Student

  • passion for learning
  • self-motivated
  • strong oral communication abilities
  • strong reader and writer
  • curious and independent
  • loves new learning opportunities and embraces academic challenges
  • responsible work ethic
  • thrives in group settings
  • confident

Recommended Course Progression

  • grade 9 – French Pre-AP – FSF1DP
  • grade 10 – French Pre-AP – FSF2DP
  • grade 11 – French Pre-AP – FSF3UP
  • grade 12 – French AP – FSF4UP

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ENG1DP – Grade 9 Pre-AP English – Course Overview

Summer Reading

“I enjoyed the Wuthering Heights poetry project…it brought out the creativity in my writing.”
Sandra Czekajlo

The recommended summer reading assignment is Animal Farm by George Orwell. This text will be couriered to the students’ elementary school if they are in the fall section of this course, otherwise this text will be delivered before Christmas if students are in the spring section of this course. An journaling assignment will accompany the reading.

Course Enrichment Modules

Study of Poetry with a focus on:

  • Period – Elizabethan and Modern
  • Stanza Structure – stanza, couplet, triplet, quatrain
  • Rhythm – prosody, foot, feet, iambic meter, trochaic meter
  • Form – free verse, blank verse, lyric, English sonnet, concrete, acrostic limerick, cinquain, haiku
  • Style Devices – trope, metaphor, simile, oxymoron, allegory, hyperbole, pun, paradox, personification
  • Sound Imagery – rhyme, alliteration, onomotopoeia
  • Diction and Tone – levels of diction, poetic diction, denotation, connotation

Study of Essay Writing with a focus on:

  • Form – review the 5-paragraph essay and introduce innovations
  • Using Citations – embedding quotations from primary source
  • Thesis Generation – teacher generated thesis dealing with development of character and/or theme
  • Applying Literary Criticism – formalism, Freudian
  • Language – parts of speech – noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction, article

Study of Media with a focus on:

  • demonstrate an understanding and application of media texts, conventions, and techniques as students create a media text of their own in order to identify and deconstruct a modern day myth.

Study of Oral Communication with a focus on:

  • Argument – classical liberal arts (grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geography, music, astronomy); deductive reasoning; categorical syllogisms, conditional syllogisms, disjunctive syllogisms
  • Fallacies – appeal to ignorance/faith/tradition/authority, appeal from omniscience, logos, ethos, pathos

ENG2DP – Grade 10 Pre-AP English – Course Overview

Summer Reading

“I really enjoyed the debates and the class discussions…I always felt comfortable.”
Jarrod Psutka

The recommended summer reading assignment is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A journaling assignment will accompany the novel which will be provided by June.

Course Enrichment Modules

Study of Poetry with a focus on:

  • Period – Elizabethan and Modern
  • Stanza Structure – sestet, octave, Italian quatrain
  • Rhythm – monosyllabic, monometer, dimeter, trimester, anapestic meter
  • Form – epigram, elegy, ode, lament, folk ballad, literary ballad, Italian sonnet
  • Style Devices – traditional symbol, implied metaphor, extended metaphor, understatement, allusion
  • Sound Imagery – euphony, cacophony, assonance, consonance
  • Diction and tone – concrete diction, abstract diction, neologism, paraphrase, syntax, visual imagery
  • Model of Analysis – SOAPSTONE

Study of Essay Writing with a focus on:

  • Form – expand on the five paragraph essay by introducing innovations and works cited
  • Quotations – embedding quotations from primary source
  • Thesis – teacher guided thesis formation
  • Literary Criticism – Aristotle’s Tragic Hero, Joseph Campbell – Hero’s Journey
  • Language – sentence type – interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, declarative; sentence structure – simple, compound, complex
  • Punctuation – ellipsis

Study of Media with a focus on:

  • Style – demonstrate an understanding and application of media texts, conventions, and techniques as students create a media text of their own in order to identify and deconstruct a modern day myth
  • Terms and Concepts – logos, ethos, pathos, font, serif, rule of thirds, shot type, angle, foreground, background

Study of Oral Communication with a focus on:

  • Argument – components of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery), using evidence, inference, warrants and claims; argumentation using series structure, convergent structure, and parallel structure
  • Fallacies – begging the question, circular reasoning, composition fallacy, false dichotomy

ENG3UP – Grade 11 Pre-AP English – Course Overview

“I enjoyed the independently chosen novel study because it allowed you to set deadlines for yourself and simultaneously expand your ideas with classmates.”
Joanna Oszczak

Summer Reading

The recommended summer reading assignment is The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini. A journaling assignment will accompany the novel which will be provided by June.

Course Enrichment Modules

Study of Poetry with a focus on:

  • Period – Victorian and Modern
  • Stanza Structure – sestet, octave, English quatrain
  • Rhythm – octosyllabic, dactylic meter, spondaic meter, tetrameter, pentameter, hexameter
  • Form – narrative, realistic narrative, dramatic monologue, dialogue poetry, nonce sonnet
  • Style Devices – private symbol, incidental symbol, conceit, Petrarchan conceit
  • Sound Imagery – masculine rhyme, feminine rhyme, triple rhyme, slant rhyme
  • Diction and tone – visual imagery, auditory imagery, tactile imagery
  • Model of Analysis – TPCASTT

Study of Essay Writing with a focus on:

  • Form – multi paragraph development of argument (non-five paragraph essay)
  • Forms of argumentation – analogy, cause and effect, compare/contrast
  • Quotations – Primary and Secondary sources, works cited with multiple sources
  • Thesis – Student driven thesis Language: elevated diction, various sentence structures
  • Literary Criticism – Jungian, Feminism, Miller’s Tragedy of the Common Man
  • Punctuation – parenthesis, elongated dash

Study of Media with a focus on:

  • Style – demonstrate an understanding and application of media texts, conventions, and techniques as students create a media text of their own in order to identify and deconstruct a modern day myth
  • Terms and Concepts – Copy, galley, masthead, slug, spec, stringer, kicker, gutter, pica

Study of Oral Communication with a focus on:

  • Argument – ordering weak-strong arguments, chronological argumentation, spatial argumentation, categorical argumentation, cause-effect argumentation, compare/contrast argumentation
  • Fallacies – ad hominem, equivocation, loaded questions, non sequitur

ENG4UP – Grade 12 Pre-AP English – Course Overview

The literary criticisms were new to me….I really enjoyed starting off the year learning about them.”
Joanna Piernicka

Summer Reading

The recommended summer reading assignment is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. A journaling assignment will accompany the reading which will be provided by June.

Course Enrichment Modules

Study of Poetry with a focus on:

  • Period – Romantic and Post-Modern Stanza Structure – Italian quatrain, Sapphic stanza
  • Rhythm – heptameter, octameter, iambic trimester, trochaic tetrameter, anapestic dimeter, dactylic pentameter
  • Form – epic, rondeau, sestina
  • Style Devices – metonymy, synecdoche, synesthesia, apostrophe
  • Sound Imagery – internal rhyme, anaphora, epistrophe, parallel structure, antithesis
  • Diction and tone – etymology, ellipsis, olfactory imagery, gustatory imagery
  • Model of Analysis – DIDLS >

Study of Essay Writing with a focus on:

  • Form – sophisticated multi-paragraph essay structure
  • Forms of argumentation – definition, example, categorizing, classifying
  • Quotations – primary and secondary sources
  • Thesis – student generated thesis
  • Literary Criticism – Marxist, Pearson
  • Language – academic diction, various complex sentence structures

Study of Media with a focus on:

  • Style – demonstrate an understanding and application of media texts, conventions, and techniques as students create a media text of their own in order to identify and deconstruct a modern day myth
  • Terms and Concepts – Shot types, tracking, panning, pull focus, key lighting, storyboard, shooting axis, back lighting, cinema verite

Study of Oral Communication with a focus on:

  • Argument – resolutions of fact, resolutions of definition, resolutions of value, resolutions of policy; stasis in conjecture, stasis in definition, stasis in quality, stasis in place
  • Fallacies – post hoc, red herring, slippery slope, straw man

ETS4UP – Grade 12 Advanced Placement English – Course Overview

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Course Overview

This English course, focusing on British and American writers, and designed for students who love reading, covers several genres and spans artistic periods that span classical Greek Drama up to the contemporary period.

Three organizing principles help structure the activities of this course:

  1. Thematic units cluster different genres of literature
  2. A historical / artistic spectrum situates literature within the prevailing values of the period in which it was written
  3. A literary criticism toolkit reveals a series of critical lenses or rhetorical techniques which students apply in their reading and analysis of literature

This course syllabus is predicated on the idea that the interpretation of literature is based on careful observation of how structure, style, theme, diction, voice, etc. operate within the details of a given text to create meaning for the reader.

Course Units

Unit 1: Major Movements in Art and Philosophy Bulletin Board

Unit 2: Developing a Literary Criticism Toolkit

Unit 3: Paradise Lost: Freud and Twentieth Century Alienation

Unit 4: Women Who Run With Wolves

Unit 5: Poets and Revolution

Unit 6: Tragedy and Comedy is All in the Family

Unit 7: Independent Study Unit

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