Literary Studies 10


Lia Michalski


English 9


Literary Studies 10 fully meets the learning outcomes for the redesigned BC Curriculum. The focus in this course is on the study of literature and on writing; students will complete a variety of assignments including graphic organizers, and personal, creative, expository, and comparative writing.

This course is 2 Credits Only– Please note that students must take two mini-courses to fulfill their grade 10 English requirements. We recommend that students begin with Composition 10 and then complete 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.

Literary Studies 10 is a 2-unit course. We recommend that students begin with Composition 10 and then move on to Literary Studies 10.

Literary Studies 10 is organized into two units:

  • Unit 1: Thematic study of genre (including poetry, short stories, narrative essays and drama).
  • Unit 2: Novel Study

Students will be assessed on graphic organizers, paragraphs, comparative essays, personal essays, creative writing, and reader-response assignments.

Big Ideas

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.

Curricular Competencies

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.

BC Performance Standards


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.

All readings except for the novel can be accessed online. Students will be given a choice of novels. The current choices include:

  • Finnie Walsh by Steven Galloway
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen


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We are a public K - 12 school and a proud member of School District #63 (Saanich).