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ENG4U Grade 12 English (University)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE:  English, Grade 11, University Preparation

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Part-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Summer School – Accelerated, Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

ENG4U online emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. ENG4U online is intended to prepare students for university, college or the workplace. Whether students take ENG4U online or on campus, the course ENG4U fulfills Ontario curriculum and helps prepare students for the next steps in their education, covering skills necessary for success in the classroom and beyond in academic and daily life.

Course Outline

Below is a course outline for the online ENG4U course offered by Blyth Academy. As the Ontario ENG4U curriculum is set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the course and skills learned remain the same whether you take it in person or online.

Finding Your Voice

Essential Question: How can conventions be used to develop a sense of personal writing voice?

In this unit, students will be introduced to the major terms and concepts that will build a 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.

Classic Fiction: The Great Gatsby

Essential Question: How does the historical context contribute towards the theme of Gatsby?

In this unit, students will be introduced to the concept of social commentary. Students will explore the genre of the novel as a product of its cultural milieu and seek to understand how a work of literature serves as an effective tool for social commentary. Skills taught include an understanding of literary terms, narrative style, as well as, how these techniques enhance meaning in literature. Through the study of this novel, students gain a deeper understanding of the bi-directional relationship between themselves and their environment.

Elizabethan Drama: Hamlet

Essential Question: How did Shakespeare create one of the most complex characters in Hamlet?

In this unit, students will be provided with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed in previous units while extending their facility with literary analysis. Students will read and critically analyze a Shakespearean play. Students will explore the concept of an archetype and its relationship to imagery and classical allusion. Students will enhance their understanding of the phonological and semantic aspects of language through the study of allusion, imagery, and metaphor in Elizabethan drama. At the same time, students will engage in an examination of a wide variety of literary devices. Students will plan oral presentations, conduct research, and write an essay. All activities in this unit relate to the same Shakespearean play Hamlet.

Modern Fiction: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Essential Question: How do the literary devices contribute towards theme? 

In this unit, students will read a modern fiction novel. The novel chosen for this unit A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini reflects a more modern look at the culture of a different country. It will help foster the students awareness of diversity within cultures, and some of the current social issues going on today. This novel study will challenge students and prepare them for their potential to make social commentary.


The final grade a student achieves will represent the quality of their overall achievement of expectations for the course. The final grade will be determined following these percentages:

70% of the grade: Determined by evaluations conducted throughout the duration of the course.

30% of the grade: Based on final evaluations a student completes at the conclusion of the course. Final evaluations include a culminating project (10% of the final grade) and a final proctored exam (20% of the final grade).

The ENG4U course explores purposes for reading a variety of texts, guiding students through reading and developing greater fluency in all aspects of reading and writing. Register Today!

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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