English 12 First Peoples
An English 11 course such as Composition 11 or Literary Studies 11
Students need to take English First Peoples 12 or English Studies 12 in order to graduate. Both courses meet the requirements for the grade 12 English graduation requirement and both are accepted by universities and colleges.
The focus in this course is on deepening understanding of Indigenous issues and perspectives through the exploration of Authentic Indigenous text. Students will explore text in a variety of forms and genres, and will be encouraged to think critically, creatively and reflectively to explore ideas within and between texts; they will write in a variety of genres, structures, and forms, and will be encouraged to take risks and become ever more precise and intentional in their use of language.
English First Peoples 12 is organized into four units:
- Unit One: Unit One is divided into two parts: Situating Ourselves and Speaking Out.
Essential question: How are Indigenous Peoples speaking out against historical silencing?
- Unit Two: Land and Identity
Essential Question: What are the connections between land and personal or cultural identity?
- Unit Three: Novel Study
Essential Question: How does story deepen our understanding of complex societal issues?
Novel Choices will change periodically, as new literature is released. The choices will be announced within the course.
- Unit Four: Voice
Essential Question: How does authentic Indigenous voice play a role in Reconciliation and in fostering Justice?
There are a number of big ideas identified in the curriculum for this course. Here are the ones that we'll spend the most time exploring:
- The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world.
- Oral and other texts are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed.
- Voice is powerful and evocative.
- First Peoples texts and stories provide insight into key aspects of Canada’s past, present, and future.
- Self-representation through authentic First Peoples text is a means to foster justice.
- First Peoples voices and texts play a role within the process of Reconciliation
There are two broad sets of curricular competencies for this course.
Comprehend and Connect - these are the competencies connected to reading, viewing, and listening. Students will explore text in a variety of forms and genres, and will be encouraged to think critically, creatively and reflectively to explore ideas within and between texts.
Create and Communicate - these are the competencies connected to crafting, revising, and polishing original texts. Students will write in a variety of genres, structures, and forms, and will be encouraged to take risks and become ever more precise and intentional in their use of language.
Student-paced. Students are expected to submit work regularly and to complete the course within one calendar year.
Students submit all assignments electronically.
Students can write their supervised assessments at home at their convenience. The tests are supervised using an electronic test supervision program. Students will need access to a web camera in order to write their tests.
Assessment is the systematic gathering of information about what students know, understand, and are able to do in relation to the curricular competencies and content for this course.
Here are the key ways you will be assessed:
- Assignments in a variety of forms and genres, including personal response; synthesis charts; expository, descriptive and persuasive writing; and speaking tasks.
- Supervised assessments (midterm and final). These assessments are supervised with an online test supervision program.
- Self-assessment about student learning and growth conducted through phone or Zoom interviews
A final mark will be based on the student’s body of work as a whole, taking into consideration both supervised and unsupervised assessments.
Students will be assessed using the BC Proficiency Scale.
Students are supported by the online teacher for the course and can receive assistance by email, phone or Zoom.
Students need access to a computer and high speed internet. A web camera is required for supervised tests.
Basic technical skills.