English 30-1 Personal Response Essays

Kathleen Pescador English 30-1 Module 5 “Section 3 Assignment: Personal Response” The Death of a Salesman mostly suggests to me about values, dreams, goals, and success in our consumer-driven society. Willy Loman, the protagonist in the play, has demonstrated a character with an American dream. He considers success in regards to material things and wealth. He failed to recognize how success could not merely require being rich, rather, it could mean being happy with what you’re doing. Many people, especially in today’s world, could relate to the values of this play. As a teenager myself, I can connect with how Willy wanted Biff to earn lots of money in the future. I think of the future with great ambition and would carefully ponder the careers that I could vent into the future. The most important criteria of the careers I consider would most likely be a high paying job. Similarly to Willy, he was very happy that Biff could be a successful football player in the future. He compared him to a college and professional American football halfback for the Chicago Bears by saying, “They’ll be calling him another Red Grange. Twenty-five thousand a year” (89). Indeed, Willy has a huge expectation for Biff to be successful. And just like all the young people in this world, we all aspire to be

English is one of the courses that students must take at all grade levels. Students must complete three 5-credit courses to be eligible for graduation. English 30-1 and English 30-2 are diploma exam courses.

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English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1

For students who have demonstrated strengths in their use of language and their understanding of print and non-print texts.

Students study complex and formal literature and writing. Print and non-print texts become increasingly more involved at each grade level. Students write personal responses and literary compositions based on works they have studied. 

Students begin with the study of analytical formal essay at the English 10-1 level; they hone their skills through additional practice at the English 20-1 level; and should become proficient at more complex writing tasks at the English 30-1 level. 

English 30-1 includes serious works of literature; this is both a demanding and difficult course. The student's final grade for English 30-1 is weighted 50% by the teacher and 50% by the diploma exam.

This route demands a considerable amount of reading, homework and study time. English 30-1 is for students who want to enrol in degree programs at post secondary institutions.

English 10-2, 20-2, 30-2

For students who need to strengthen their use of language and their understanding of texts. 

Students study literature and writing that is less complex than the English 10-1 series. Print and non-print texts are generally of a high interest level and are less difficult to read and analyze. Composition is more personal in nature.

The English 10-2, 20-2, and 30-2 route demands a moderate amount of reading, homework, and study time. The -2 signifies the minimum level required for graduation.

The final grade for English 30-2 is weighted 50% teacher awarded mark and 50% diploma exam mark. English 30-2 is a course intended for students who wish to enrol in a diploma program at post secondary institutions or who choose to enter the work force following graduation. 

English 10-2S (Supported)

For students who require special assistance in English. The course is suitable for some of the following:

  • Students with identified learning disabilities in reading and/or writing, with a current Individual Program Plan
  • Students who are entering grade 10 from a modified program.

In this course, students complete the curriculum requirements of the English 10-2 course. Special assistance may consist of smaller class size, exam provisions, study assistance and classroom teacher assistant support. Students are awarded credits in English 10-2 and  proceed to English 20-2, and 30-2 for grade 11 and 12. To be eligible for an Alberta High School diploma, a student must pass English 30-2 with a 50%.

Advanced Placement - English

The Advanced Placement Program in English is a highly academic route which leads the students through an intensive study of literature, style analysis and composition. 

AP Students complete English 10-1, 20-1, 30-1, earning 5 credits in each. After completion of the AP course work, students are awarded 3 credits in each of the following:

  • American Literature / Style Analysis / Composition 15 (grade 10)
  • British Literature / Style Analysis/ Composition 25 (grade 11)
  • Advanced English Style Analysis / Composition 35 (grade 12)

10-1 AP students must complete the entire year as the AP course work is blended into the first and second terms.

Students may write the AP exam in May of their grade 12 year.

The AP program places a heavy demand on homework and summer reading, and successful completion rewards students with superior communication skills and knowledge.Students will be well prepared to continue their studies in English at the post secondary level, and advanced credit from some universities may be granted if high grades are achieved. 

Participation in the AP program requires extensive extra reading, conscientous class attendance, responsible class participation, and completion of assignments. 

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