English 11: New Media

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of the new English Language Arts 10-12 curriculum as outlined by the Ministry of Education.  It is a 4 credit course that provides students with an English 11 credit.  Yes, this course is the exact same as English 11, but the content and the methods of delivery differ when compared to the older versions of English 11.

View the complete Learning Standards for this course: English 11: New Media

It is recommended that students take English 10 prior to enrolling in this course.

Course Description

New Media 11 is a course designed to reflect the changing role of technology in today’s society and the increasing importance of digital media in communicating and exchanging ideas.  Instead of using traditional novels and Shakespeare plays, this course seeks to use more modern forms of media to take a look at issues that are affecting today’s generation of youth.  Through a study of documentaries, online videos, journal articles, TED talks, bimodal poetry and a variety of other examples of digital media, the students in New Media 11 will explore modern issues such as cyberbullying, gender identification, media bias and manipulation, environmental issues and an overall umbrella of how to find a sense of self in the modern technological age.

Course Structure

The course is divided into three units:

Unit 1 – Citizens in a Digital World

  • Course Instructions
  • Poetry Terms and Comprehension
  • Spoke Word Poetry
  • Bully Documentary
  • Synthesis Writing

Unit 2 – Media Manipulation and Bias

  • Media Bias
  • Advertising and Consumer Manipulation
  • Gender Stereotypes in Media
  • Miss Representation documentary
  • The Mask We Wear documentary

Unit 3 – The Global Community

  • Progress and Human Nature
  • Surviving Progress documentary
  • Validity of Sources of Information
  • How to Cite Sources
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Final Project

Grade Structure

First Assignment 10%
Formative Assessment

(assignments that are designed to help students build comprehension and skills)

Summative Assessment

(assignments designed for students to demonstrate that they have developed the level of comprehension and skills that have been practiced in the formative assessments)

Unit Tests 30%
Total 100%

Required Resources: a computer with internet access and speakers or headphones.

BC Performance Standards