Composition 11


Laura Blake


English 10: Composition 10 and Literary Studies 10


This newly developed Composition 11 course fully meets the learning outcomes for the new 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, creative and opinion pieces and a short persuasive speech. There is also a novel study.

Composition 11 is organized into four units:

  • Unit 1: business writing, summary, creative connections, persuasive and reflective writing
  • Unit 2: novel study
  • Unit 3: descriptive, persuasive and creative writing, personal response, mind map
  • Unit 4: found poem, narrative, response, charts, expository writing

Students will be assessed on literary responses, analysis, narrative compositions, expository assignments and a persuasive speech. There are also a number of smaller assignments including organizers and charts. Students will write a midterm after Unit 2 and a final exam at the end of the course.








Students can submit all assignments electronically; students in the Greater Victoria area will write their test at the SIDES Royal Oak Campus located at 4575 Wilkinson Road.

Long distance students are responsible for arranging a test supervisor at a school, or academic institution (ex. college, university, or library). Tests supervisors will need to be approved by SIDES administration. Students should actively be arranging a test supervisor while completing the first unit of the course. Students will be required to schedule tests at times that are convenient for the test supervisor.


Orientation Course - 7%

  • formal business letter
  • personal response
  • email of thanks
  • summary

Unit One – 16% (including Orientation Course)

  • character speech
  • persuasive speech
  • image and text assignment
  • reflective paragraph
  • interview

Unit Two – 17%

  • journal or character letter
  • context chart
  • style questions
  • journal or setting speech
  • character sketch
  • symbolism chart
  • journal or questions to author/characters
  • theme mind map
  • journal or poem assignment

Unit Three – 16%

  • descriptive paragraph
  • persuasive paragraph
  • personal response
  • creative extension assignment
  • poem annotation
  • web

Unit Four – 16%

  • found poem
  • narrative outline
  • personal narrative
  • personal response
  • mood chart and images
  • mood paragraph
  • recipe for place
  • figurative language chart
  • theme paragraph

Midterm Exam – 15%

Final Exam – 20%

BC Performance Standards


Students can contact their teacher to arrange for extra help.


Students need access to a computer and high-speed internet. A web camera is required for proctored exams.

All assignments must be submitted electronically.

All readings can be accessed online, except Unit 2, the novel study. There is a choice of six different novels, and students must choose one of the following to work with in Unit 2:

  • The Things They Carried
  • The Night Circus
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Who Has Seen the Wind
  • Motorcycles & Sweetgrass
  • The Marrow Thieves


We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach.

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