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ENG3U English – Grade 11 (University)

  • Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: English, Grade 10, Academic

GRADE:  11 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Part-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, International Summers Programs, Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

ENG3U online emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. ENG3U online is intended to prepare students for the compulsory grade 12 university or college preparation course. Whether taken online or in-person on campus, this course will give students communication and critical thinking skills that are important for continued English education as well as academics and life in general. Both online and in-person offerings follow the same curriculum.

Course Outline

Below is a course outline created by Blyth Academy for college preparatory studies in English. This course outline is the same, whether the course is taken online or in-person. ENG3U is divided into four units: short stories and non-fiction with a focus on literary elements; a study of “The Catcher in the Rye;” a study of “Macbeth;” and the study of a contemporary novel, “A Complicated Kindness.” The four units cover the basic foundation of literature, novels, Elizabethan drama, and contemporary novels, providing a broad survey of classic and modern literature.

Take a closer look at the details of the four units in this course and read more about how each unit’s essential question relates to what students will learn. The units in ENG3U will provide a solid foundation for future coursework in English and skills in communication that are relevant for all coursework as students graduate from high school and move on to college.

Short Stories and Non Fiction

Essential Question: How do literary elements contribute to written works?

In this unit, students will be introduced to the major terms and concepts that will build the foundation for this course. Within the unit, students will be examining a variety of short stories and non-fiction pieces using a variety of mediums and media styles.

Novel Study - The Catcher in the Rye

Essential Question: How do we use context clues to determine or clarify meaning?

In this unit, students will examine J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Students will focus on theme, character development and point of view. Though the novel was written seventy years ago, the messages and issues are still extremely relevant. Students will explore issues and challenges the protagonist faces, including family relationships, personal faith and the death of loved ones. Students will also learn about formal essay writing and apply this knowledge in a working essay submission.

Elizabethan Drama - Macbeth

Essential Question: What is the definition of a tragic hero?

In this unit, students will examine William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. They will explore the definition of a tragic hero, different types of conflict and the dramatic purpose of a scene. While studying these elements, students will continue to work on literary analysis, oral communication and presentation skills.

Contemporary Novel - A Complicated Kindness

Essential Question: What can the experiences of others teach us about ourselves? 

In this unit, students will be working with the winner of the Governor General’s award, A Complicated Kindness written by Miriam Toews. This Canadian novel explores the life of Mennonite teenager Nomi Nickel while she struggles to find her place in life. This is an Independent Study. As students read the novel, they will be expected to compile annotated notes. They will be expected to explore the novel’s plot, themes, conflicts and symbolic elements while they continue to develop their written and oral communication skills through the included assessments.


The final exam will be 30% of the final grade. Review the scheduling requirements and other details for the final proctored exam.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook
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