ELA A30 is an exploration of Canada’s past and present through literary sources. Learners will be studying the Canadian identity and experience through news articles, short stories, poetry, novel, essays and editorials.

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ELA 20


Online Asynchronous


One ELA 30 Credit

What Will I Learn?

This course is designed to challenge the idea of what it means to be Canadian and put a spotlight on the different experiences of Canada. This is an excellent course to take alongside History 30.

ELA A30 has been designed to give you choice in the literature you study as you explore our Canadian identity and our vast and varied landscapes:

In the course you will have choice of your reading.

Choice of one non-fiction novel

  • The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson - Lois Simmie
  • Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography - Chester Brown
  • Half-Breed - Maria Campbell
  • Robert Latimer: A Story of Justice and Mercy - Gary Bauslaugh
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda - Romeo Dallaire *must have teacher and parental permission to read this selection.

Choice of one fiction novel

  • April Raintree - Beatrice Mosionier
  • A Quality of Light - Richard Wagamese
  • Lost in the Barrens - Farley Mowat
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden

Choice of one play

  1. Mirage - Gwen Pharis Ringwood
  2. Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth WORD - Drew Hayden Taylor
  3. The Ecstasy of Rita Joe - George Ryga (this has to be found in your local library or mailed from the DLC)

Choice of one play

  • Billy Bishop Goes to War - John MacLachlan Gray and Eric Peterson
  • Vimy - Vern Thiessen
  • The Occupation of Heather Rose - Wendy Lill

Units of Study

    Canadian Perspectives – Distinct and Rich

    Canadian Landscapes – Diverse and Dynamic

For This Course
You Will Need

Students need to have the following for this course. You will need to supply these items.

Audio recording equipment (a SMART phone will be sufficient)

If you're interested, so are we.

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