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The Bayridge English department


Mr. McCourt
Ms. McGarvey
Ms. Stasel


At Bayridge we run a full range of English courses at all grade levels. Our department office is accessible to students and we welcome requests for extra help and support. Select email addresses have been included above, and we welcome parental contact. Our department phone extension is #314.

Impact Zone is a literacy tutoring program which runs at lunch for Grade 9 and 10 students who are preparing for the Ontario Literacy Test. Our staff supports literacy efforts at the school and each junior class incorporates activities to help prepare students for the Ontario Literacy Test.

Sample Reading Lists

The reading we do in each course varies from time to time. Novels and plays that have recently been used in our courses include:

Grade 9

Freak the Mighty
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Grade 10

Of Mice and Men
Lord of the Flies
Romeo and Juliet

Grade 11

Black Like Me
The Body of Christopher Creed
Brave New World
The Kite Runner

Grade 12

The Wave
Death of a Salesman
The Great Gatsby
Their Eyes Were Watching God
On Writing (Writer’s Craft Class)
Oedipus Rex

Novel Study

Most courses require students to do a guided study project which would include independent reading. Students can choose a novel from our Resource Centre and have it approved for study by their teacher. In preparation to fulfil curriculum expectations related to independent novel study, students will meet with teachers to discuss topics, thesis, themes, and other parts of the writing process. Our department places a large emphasis on collaboration in preparation for handing in excellent work.

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