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Welcome to ENG 4UI!


Welcome to Grade 12 University English.  I look forward to getting to know you this semester.



The course is divided into six units of study.  Please organize your binder into six distinct sections accordingly.  Under the description of each unit,

you will find links to reference materials or assignments.  


In an effort to reduce paper use, I will use this wiki as my primary tool for out-of-classroom communication with you. While we will refer to overheads of assignments and reference materials in class, rather than hand them out for you to place in your binder and promptly forget about or lose, I will post them on the wiki.  You can access them at any time for reference.


Unit One:  Prose

               developing a sense of the value of writing will be a focus as we complete close readings of a number of essays and short non-fiction pieces.  

               With a better understanding of the rhetorical strategies essayists use students will be better able to craft their own informal essays.

               These essays, as well as a major prose test, will be the major evaluations for this unit.  This unit will be worth 20% of your final grade:

               10% for the prose test and 10% for your major informal prose essay.


Unit Two:  Long Day's Journey Into Night

               Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical work A Long Day's Journey Into Night provides students with an introduction to modern American drama.                 Considered one of the most important American playwrights in the Twentieth Centrury, O'Neill offers a riveting view into what it means to be

               a family, and into the space between our visions of ourselves and our reality.  


Unit Three:  Independent Study

               As part of the course, you will complete and submit a polished research essay.  Starting early in the term, you will choose a novel (subject to

                my approval) and begin reading independently.  The project will be marked in stages, with the final product a literary research essay using

               at least two academic secondary sources and following MLA format.  This project is worth 15% of your final mark:  

               10% for the essay and 5% for process.  


               The assignment sheet for your ISU can be found here:  ENG 4UI ISU assignment.docx


               Please make note of the following due dates:

  • reading comprehension test:  Friday, October 23rd.
  • thesis process questions:  Friday, October 30th.
  • Student-teacher conferences:  Tuesday, November 3rd.
  • Annotated bibliography: Monday, November 9th
  • ISU outline:  Monday, November 30th
  • Peer Edit:  Monday, December 7th
  • Final Essay Due Date:  Thursday, December 10th



               If you are absent for any foreseeable reason on any of the due dates, please make arrangements with me BEFORE your absence.



Unit Four:  Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

A renowned novel by prominent Canadian writer Robertson Davies, Fifth Business allows us to delve into history, psychology, mythology and many other inspiring fields of study.  Students will complete daily reading at home, followed by comprehension quizzes in class.  Your summative assignment in this unit, an in-class essay, is worth 10% of your final grade.  I will post the reading schedule on this wiki when we get closer to unit four.


Unit Five:  Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hamlet is widely considered one of Shakespeare's most important plays.  Through this play, we will investigate what it means to be human, and how one can be good and make moral decisions in a world that can be corrupt and reward immorality. 










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