Mrs. Onuska


Course Description: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse 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. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course. Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic

ENG 3U Course Outline

Edmodo Course Code: 4y2aex

Turnitin Class ID - 13903952

Enrollment Password - mrsonuska

Units of Study:

Unit 1: Short Stories

Unit 2: Macbeth (play)

Unit 3: Fahrenheit 451 (novel)

Unit 4: Independent Study Project

Mark Values:

40% - Writing Portfolio

25% - Practical Projects

5% - Observations and Conversations

10% - Independent Study Project (ISP)

20% - Final Exam

Parts of Speech

Parts of Speech (Grammar Lesson) - Noun, Verb, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Conjunction, and More
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Unit 1: Short Stories

A short story is a piece of prose fiction that can be read in one sitting.
Flocabulary - Five Things (Elements of a Short Story)
Parts of a Story
Short Story Elements

"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin (1850-1904)

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
Part I: Lecture on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"
Chopin Lecture cont'd

Group Activity

  1. Identify an example of foreshadowing and explain its effectiveness.
  2. Describe the character of Brently Mallard, making specific references to the text.
  3. Identify the narrative viewpoint (omniscience) and explain how it is used effectively.
  4. The setting of the story is very limited; it is confined largely to a room, a staircase, and a front door. How does this limitation help to express a theme in the story? Why is the weather/time of year so important?
  5. Mrs. Mallard closes the door to her room so that her sister Josephine cannot get in, yet she leaves the window open. What does the vision through the open window mean to her? Do other words in the story relate to this idea? Provide examples.
  6. Paragraph Answer: What view of marriage does the story present? The story was published in 1894; does it only represent attitudes towards marriage in the nineteenth century, or could it apply to attitudes about marriage today?
  7. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. Provide a definition for each as well as an example from the text.
  8. Explain the irony at the end of the story. Support your answer with specific references to the text.

"My Financial Career" by Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

My Financial Career


“My Financial Career” is one of Stephen Leacock’s earliest pieces, appearing in his first published humorous book, Literary Lapses. One of his most anthologized works, this short sketch of less than two thousand words already treats one of Leacock’s favorite themes: the effect of economics on the lives of men. When one remembers that Leacock took his doctorate in economics, it is not surprising that this piece illustrates the Everyman’s fear and mistrust of the bank as institution. Typical of his best work, the sketch opens quickly with the narrator’s frank admission that banks and everything about them “rattle” him.

He confesses to falling into a state of near idiocy at any attempt to transact business but is determined, now that he has more than fifty dollars in his pocket, to open an account. Timidly, he asks to speak to the manager. The manager takes him into a private room, locks the door, and proceeds to assure the narrator of utmost security. Because of the narrator’s air of confidentiality and distrust, the manager assumes he is a private detective or that he has a large sum to invest. Learning that the narrator has only fifty-six dollars, he “unkindly” turns him over to a clerk.

The narrator is now flustered, mistakenly walks into the safe, and is eventually led to the clerk’s window, into which he thrusts the money. When assured that it had been deposited, the narrator quickly asks for a withdrawal slip. Meanwhile he feels that people in the bank are staring at him, thinking him a millionaire. Intimidated and miserable, he quickly withdraws his fifty-six dollars and rushes out. The sketch concludes with the narrator’s observation that he keeps his money in his pants pocket and his life savings in a sock.

The humor of the piece is achieved not only by the exaggerated situation but also by a skillful use of short clips of dialogue. The narrator’s psychological intimidation is clearly presented by an economy of detail in which the scene richly suggests more than it relates.

Source: http://www.enotes.com/topics/my-financial-career

"The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury (1920–2012)

"The Pedestrian"-Ray Bradbury
"THE PEDESTRIAN" by Ray Bradbury

"The Open Window" by Saki/H.H. Munro (1870-1916)

Short Story - The Open Window by saki

Terms to review for the quiz:

resolution, setting, falling action, characters, climax, incitement to action (introduction), rising action, internal conflict, personification, word choice, antagonist, mood, irony, metaphor, tone, external conflict, character, imagery, simile, foreshadowing, protagonist
Literary Devices in Pop Culture

Literary Terms:

epithet, metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, allegory, metonymy, alliteration, onomatopoeia, allusion, imagery, ellipsis, exaggeration, irony, sarcasm, foreshadowing, flashback, pathetic fallacy, paradox, motif, theme, monologue/soliloquy/aside, rhetorical question, characterization - round/flat characters, protagonist, antagonist, secondary, minor characters - narrative voice (omniscience), setting, conflict, plot, poetic justice, syllogism, understatement, tragedy

Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph

Paragraph Writing Outline

Topic Sentence (main idea of your paragraph)

Supporting point #1

Proof #1 (evidence for supporting point #1)

Commentary (discussion of the significance of the proof in supporting your point)

Supporting point #2

Proof #2 (evidence for supporting point #2)

Commentary (discussion of the significance of the proof in supporting your point)

Supporting point #3

Proof #3 (evidence for supporting point #3)

Commentary (discussion of the significance of the proof in supporting your point)

Concluding sentence

Unit 2: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare - Mini Biography
Macbeth Act 1
Macbeth Act 1 Summary with Key Quotes & English Subtitles
Macbeth Act II Scene II
Macbeth Act 2 Summary with Key Quotes & English Subtitles
Macbeth Act 3 Summary with Key Quotes & English Subtitles

The Three Witches

Support one of the following statements regarding the three witches:

1) They are real witches.

2) They are bag ladies.

3) Macbeth is hallucinating.

Macbeth Act IV
Macbeth Act 4 Summary with Key Quotes & English Subtitles
Macbeth Act 5 Summary with Key Quotes & English Subtitles
MACBETH 1978 | Ian McKellen | Judi Dench

Unit 3: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Life of Ray Bradbury in 5 Minutes (Cheat Sheets Online)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Full Movie | Julie Christie Full Movies Online
NEA Big Read: Meet Ray Bradbury

Character List

  • Guy Montag
  • Mildred Montag
  • Captain Beatty
  • Professor Faber
  • Clarisse McClellan
Feeling More Alive: Fahrenheit 451's The Hearth and the Salamander
Book Discussion - Fahrenheit 451 (Part 2: The Sieve and the Sand)
Fahrenheit 451: Burning Bright Analysis.
Fahrenheit 451 Summary and Analysis
Top 10 Notes: Fahrenheit 451


Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.

  • Censorship
  • Knowledge versus ignorance


Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text's major themes.

  • Paradoxes
  • Animal and nature imagery
  • Religion


Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.

  • blood
  • hearth
  • salamander
  • the sieve and the sand
  • the phoenix
  • mirrors

Student Exemplars

Lock Down Procedures