Composition & Creative Writing 10 at Britannia Secondary

Teacher: Christabel Shaler


Course Synopsis:

This year, we will explore what it means to be literate in a rapidly changing digital world. This will involve the examination of texts in multiple formats and mediums. We will be analyzing short stories, novels, poems, non-fiction, music videos, social media and news stories. As we examine the narratives that shape our culture, we will create a variety of our own texts, such as personal responses, literary analysis, stories, poems, articles and essays. Additionally, you will engage in year-long journaling and independent reading. Please select novels you will enjoy reading from start to finish.

Important: Each term, at least one assignment will be designated a Cornerstone Assignment. You must complete ALL Cornerstone Assignments to pass this course.

In the revised BC curriculum, English 10 is now composed of two courses:

Creative Writing 10 “is designed for students who have an interest in creative expression through language. The course provides students with in-depth opportunities to become better writers through the exploration of personal and cultural identities, memories, and stories in a wide range of genres.”

Composition 10 “is designed for students who have an interest in developing their skills in written communication in a variety of contexts. The course provides students with opportunities to think critically as they explore, extend, and refine their writing.”

Course Outline

Both English 10 courses share three big ideas:

  1. The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world.

  2. Language shapes ideas and influences others

  3. Texts are socially, culturally, geographically and historically constructed

Creative Writing 10 also has the following two big ideas:

  1. Creative writers take risks, fail, and try again.

  2. Creative writers are observant of the world.

Composition 10 includes:

  1. People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.

  2. Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens

Assessment & Evaluation:

In English 10, you will receive both formative and summative assessment.

  • Formative assessment is meant to help you learn, and includes things such as teacher comments and notes, peer evaluation and self-evaluation.

  • Summative assessment assesses what you have learned. These are larger projects and assignments. Summative assessments will be scored on the following four-level scale:

4 Level Scale Percentage Letter Grade


86 - 100 - A


73 – 85 - B

67 – 72 - C+


60 – 66 - C

50 – 59 - C -


0 – 49 - I