Studying literature allows us to enter another time and place, challenging us to journey through possible models of human experience. It provokes us to reflect upon and discuss things which, for better or for worse, are at the heart of our humanity: love, family, hope, triumph, fear, prejudice, loss. Literature challenges our convictions and inspires us to examine the world from other perspectives.
Writing about literature engages students to undertake high levels of critical thinking as they form clear and well-supported opinions to be shared with an audience. The abilities to read and write effectively are tools that will help students thrive in any setting. Literacy is an absolute necessity to navigate one’s way through the world.
Remembering that Christ is the greatest of teachers, English classes at St. Michael examine literature through the light of the Gospels.
The English department offers courses in compulsory English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy course), but also Canadian literature, writer's craft, studies in literature, and presentation and speaking skills. To learn more about the courses offered, check out our course calendar.
Grade 9 & 10