Grade 12 English is a year-long course aimed at exposing students to a wide variety of poetry, prose, and drama. Throughout the course, students will engage in the close reading of literature and in written responses to these works. The goal of these activities will be for students to gain knowledge and insight into the world of literature as well as the world in general. In order to accomplish this objective, students will work with four units from the My Perspectives curriculum: Forging a Hero, Shakespeare Extended Study, Seeing Things New, and Finding a Home. These units will help students develop the ability to analyze a written work for meaning and artistic quality while also studying the craft of writing. Writing assignments will develop the learners’ ability to offer critical analysis of literature, including expository, analytical, and argumentative essays - writing styles that can be applied to other academic areas and to university studies. Instruction will include careful attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. It will also include study of the elements of style. By the end of the course, students will be prepared for university study of literature and possess the necessary writing skills for academic success.