Senior 3 - English Language Arts
SPECIAL NOTE: Our intention is still to offer both in-class and virtual online options for our Fall/Winter programs, so that clients can choose which way they wish to learn. Classes at our McMaster Innovation Park location are only offered in person.
When we do offer in-class options, we will be following strict protocol for the health and safety of our students and staff, and ensuring we not only adhere to government requirements but exceed safety expectations.
More information on our live online distance learning can be found HERE.
Senior 3 is designed to prepare students for university-level studies in the humanities and expand students’ intellectual horizons with material that is challenging, exciting, and fun! At the same time, it acts as both an introduction to the classics of English literature and the history of ideas, taking students on an enlightening and exciting journey that spans from the Middle Ages to the early decades of the twentieth century. Canonical authors to be studied may include Marie de France, John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer, Walter Raleigh, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Aemilia Lanyer, John Donne, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, John Milton, Edmund Waller, Andrew Marvell, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Gray, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, Rudyard Kipling, W. B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and T. S. Eliot!
Students will practice the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary to:
- Improve their high-school grades
- Produce outstanding high-school essays
- Engage in advanced intellectual discussion and debate
- Think across paradigms as well as approach intellectual questions in an interdisciplinary manner
Senior 3 focuses on the four key components of all our English Language Arts courses:
- Building sophisticated vocabularies
- Improving grammar skills
- Improving reading comprehension and critical/analytical skills
- Improving critical/analytical writing skills
In sum, this class is designed to improve students’ high-school performance on essays, examinations, research assignments, and presentations across all courses in the language arts, humanities, and social sciences spectrum. Furthermore, Senior 3 begins their preparation to excel in a university environment.
The Senior 3 year is separated into historical blocks corresponding with recognized literary periods:
- The Middle English Period (c. 1200-1500)
- The Early Modern Period (c. 1500-1660)
- The Restoration and 18th Century (c. 1660-1785)
- The Romantic Era (c. 1785-1830)
- The Victorian Era (c. 1830-1900)
- Modernism (c. 1900-1935)
Students will be evaluated on:
- Vocabulary quizzes
- Grammar activities
- Weekly writing assignments
- Essay assignments
- Mid-term and final exams