Composition 10 fully meets the learning outcomes for the redesigned BC Curriculum. The focus in this course is on writing and composition, and students will complete expository, narrative, and persuasive assignments, as well as a variety of personal and opinion pieces and a short speech.
Students must take two smaller courses at the grade 10 English level. Composition 10 is a 2-unit course and we recommend that students begin with this and then move on to Literary Studies 10. Students must have a total of 4 English credits at the grade 10 level in order to move on to grade 11.
Composition 10 is organized into two units:
- Unit 1: Personal, expository and narrative writing
- Unit 2: Persuasive writing and speaking
Students will be assessed on paragraphs, a narrative composition, a persuasive essay and a persuasive speech. There are also a number of smaller assignments including organizers and charts. The students will write a final exam at the end of the course.
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.
- Language shapes ideas and influences others.
- Engagement with writing processes can support creativity and enhance clarity of expression.
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 all four English 10 credits within one calendar year.
Students will submit all assignments electronically.
Tests are written at a student’s convenience 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:
- "Formative" submissions on which we will give you descriptive feedback and no grade.
- Polished submissions in a variety of forms and genres, including expository, narrative, descriptive and persuasive writing and speaking.
- Supervised tests
- Self-assessment about student learning and growth conducted through phone or Zoom interviews
Students will be assessed on paragraphs, narrative compositions, and a persuasive speech. There are also a number of smaller assignments including organizers and charts. The students will write a final exam at the end of the course.
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 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 proctored tests.