English Studies 12


Erin Egan (School Age) Josh Szczepanowski & Dave Laird (Adult)


An English 11 course such as Composition 11 or Literary Studies 11


English Studies 12 meets the learning outcomes for the redesigned BC Curriculum. The focus in this course is on writing and the exploration and study of a variety of texts; students will complete a wide rangeof assignments including graphic organizers, and personal, creative, expository, persuasive, narrative and comparative writing.

English Studies 12 is organized into four units:

  • Unit 1: Identity - How can story and text help us to understand ourselves and others more fully?
  • Unit 2: Language and Voice - How does language shape us? How do we shape the world through language?
  • Unit 3: Land and Place - What can literature teach us about the value of land and place?
  • Unit 4: Novel Study - How does story deepen our understanding of complex societal issues?
    Novel Choices:
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    Keeper ‘N Me by Richard Wagamese
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The students will also write a supervised midterm and final test.

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.
  • The examination of First Peoples cultures and lived experiences through text builds understanding of Canadians' responsibilities in relation to Reconciliation.
  • 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 the course within one calendar year.


Students submit all assignments electronically.

Students can write their tests 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:

  • "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
  • Tests (supervised with an online test supervision program)

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 supervised tests.


Basic technical skills.



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).