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English Language Arts A30 (Grade 12)
English Language Arts A30 (Grade 12)

English A30 is a study of the time periods, themes, and voices of Canadian literature. It offers the student the opportunity to explore, from a Biblical perspective, a number of Canadian authors in a variety of literary genres, including the short story, the poem, the essay, the novel, and the play, and to continue their development of effective written and oral communication skills.


The workbook series contains the shorter literary selections for study. Other resources used for this course are Gully Farm, by Mary Hiemstra, Quiet in the Land, by Anne Chislett, and The Man from Glengarry, by Ralph Connor.

This course was developed to provide a Biblically-based study of language and Canadian literature while satisfying the objectives for Saskatchewan Learning’s ELA A30.

English Language Arts A30 is divided into seven units. At the completion of each of the units, the student should be able to:

Unit 1

  • recognize the time periods of Canadian literature
  • differentiate the characteristics of each literary period
  • evaluate the major themes found in Canadian literature
  • identify key authors within each literary period
  • summarize the main thoughts in the selections discussed
  • understand and outline the differences between comparison and contrast
  • contrast the main thoughts of selected literary works
  • compare the Indian legend of the great flood with the Biblical account


Unit 2

  • define the term "critical attributes"
  • gather critical attributes from a variety of readings
  • organize a set of critical attributes into a definition of the term "Canadian"
  • create an attribute web for the term "Canadian"
  • understand the format of an exploratory essay
  • write an exploratory essay
  • review the eight parts of speech


Unit 3

  • explain how selections studied illustrate the "diverse wonders" of the Canadian landscape
  • identify the main poetic devices used in each selection and explain how these contribute to the overall effect of the poem
  • outline the principal parts of the short story
  • explain how the selections studied illustrate the challenges of the Canadian landscape
  • create "dominant impression" in a poetic "landscape" composition
  • use personal experiences to write a "landscape" short story
  • identify the major parts of a sentence
  • identify mood in sentence structure


Unit 4

  • define and identify types of non-fiction prose (essays, journals, etc.)
  • summarize the events of Gully Farm
  • use Gully Farm to illustrate one of the prominent themes in Canadian literature
  • identify the four types of writing and outline the characteristics of each
  • write a narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive paragraph
  • identify different types of sentences
  • explain the difference between subordination and coordination


Unit 5

  • identify key writers in Canadian literature and their works
  • summarize selections studied
  • explain and evaluate their part in illustrating a particular Canadian "voice"
  • identify and correct common sentence errors such as the fragment, the run-on sentence, and faulty subject-verb agreement


Unit 6

  • identify past and present Christian contributors to our literary heritage
  • summarize the lives of Henry Alline, Agnes Maule Machar, Nellie McClung, Ralph Connor and Margaret Avison
  • evaluate and explain the main thought in works by each of these authors
  • use the vocabulary learned from these selections
  • identify the various literary techniques used by each of these authors
  • analyze and outline the plot development of the play Quiet in the Land
  • summarize the internal and external conflict in the play
  • create a character sketch for each of the main characters in the play
  • explain what a hero is, by Christian standards
  • outline the research process
  • develop an outline in order to present a pictorial essay on a Canadian hero


Unit 7

  • identify and correct common sentence errors
  • employ a variety of sentence structures for effective writing
  • outline the development of the novel in Canada
  • present a brief biographical sketch of Ralph Connor
  • summarize the plot of The Man from Glengarry
  • identify the main conflicts within the plot of this novel
  • compare and contrast several of the main characters
  • identify elements of local colour within the novel
  • write a character sketch of the main characters
  • outline the characteristics of a formal essay
  • proofread for mechanical accuracy
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