English 30 Spruce Grove

English 30 Spruce Grove*

* While this course is primarily designed for 30-1 students, 30-2 students are also welcomed. We provide customized 30-2 learning materials and differentiated instruction, just email us to let us know if you need 30-2 materials.


Instructor: Carolyn Harrison

Price: $119 prepaid OR $130 pay at the door
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before Dec 1st and we’ll take $5 off your first course, and $15 off each additional course.

Location: St. Peter the Apostle High School Spruce Grove

Course Schedule

Class Date Location Teacher
Class 1 Friday January 10 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm St. Peter the Apostle High School S.P.A. classroom Carolyn Harrison
Class 2 Saturday January 11 10:00 am - 3:45 pm St. Peter the Apostle High School S.P.A. classroom Carolyn Harrison
Class 3 Sunday January 12 10:00 am - 3:30 pm St. Peter the Apostle High School S.P.A. classroom Carolyn Harrison

Topic Timeline

Class Number Topic Covered
Class 1 On day one we'll begin by discussing how to be successful on the written response portion of the English Diploma Exam. Course instructors have marked diplomas for over 20 years and will help students create a clear and executable outline for success. (And quickly dispel any notion that this exam "cannot be studied for")
Students dive in with a short story, and apply "close reading of a text" in order to model the type of reading necessary for full comprehension. The evening will close with a most crucial element of successful writing - the formation of the thesis statement.
Class 2 Class will begin with analysis of examples of successful (and some not so successful) student writing. Next, students will continue the process of writing thesis statements in conjunction with texts they've already seen in class. (Specific content will be analyzed here - students will have the chance to gain fresh perspective on works they studied throughout the year)
The day will finish with an examination of past diploma critical essay questions
Class 3 On the final class students will extensively review for Part B of the diploma. Instructors have assembled a comprehensive booklet containing hundreds of exemplar reading comprehension / multiple choice diploma-style questions.
Students will be shown trends in the types of questions to expect and gain valuable practice in examining texts and applying applicable concepts and definitions

Carolyn Harrison
B.ED, University of Alberta
Teacher, 16 years

In Carolyn's own words:

I have lived and taught in Parkland County for the past 15 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years as an English teacher and am currently the English Department Head at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain.

I am excited to share my expertise and knowledge with students in order to help prepare them for both Part A and Part B of the English Diploma Exam. It is so gratifying and fulfilling to see students gain the needed confidence when approaching the exam.

When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending quality time with my family on our acreage. In the summer we can be found camping and boating and in the winter at the hockey rinks and ski hills.

I look forward to meeting all the students!

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