English Language Arts

This page covers Grad resources for English Language Arts.

English Language Arts:

The proposed five outlines for Grades 10-12 are as follows:
Focussed Literary Studies: Including a wide range of literature including poetry, short stories, novels, drama and graphic novels
Writing and Communication: Including short fiction and poetry, creative non-fiction writing, advanced composition and essays, memiors, academic research and writing and technical and business writing
Oral Language: Including both creative and professional modes of communication
New Media: Including media and film studies, journalism and publishing and digital communication (blogging etc.)
Foundations of English: Including support for goals in writing for other subjects, graphic texts, literature, practical texts, vocabulary development, technical writing, functional literacy, text features and academic writing.


Here are links to a variety of English Language Arts resources including Grad Resources.

Overdrive Resources:

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Here are all of the Overdrive resources that are appropriate for your Grade 10-12 students.
Here is a list of Overdrive Novels and Novel Studies by Grade level. For grades 10-12 the category grades 7-9+ will also have many Grad Program appropriate resources.
Contact Pippa Davies for information on getting you started with Overdrive e Library resources.

L4U Resources:

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L4U has resources for the Grad Program that include Literature Studies, Writing Programs, Foundational English Programs and much more. You could search for resources by grade, subject or by author. You could also use keyword searches for a specific need.
Contact Shandra Wiebe to get you going with learning how to use L4U for your needs.


We have a wide range of subscriptions that will assist your Grad program student.  The login information may be found at the “Resource Subscriptions” site in Encom or in the username/password document.  Contact bjohnson@onlineschool.ca for this.   These subscriptions include:

BC Exam Bank (for exam practice)

ExamBank is a website where students can write online practice exams in core subject areas for all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  The ExamBank consists of nearly 500 practice exams pertaining to British Columbia’s curriculum. The exams are automatically and instantly scored to provide immediate feedback including correct answers and, in most cases, detailed explanations.  You can choose an exam that is just for a section you’ve studied, or to test an overview of the whole year’s work.

BrainPOP (for all subjects)

This animated, award-winning online resource provides hundreds of animated curriculum-based movies covering topics in Science, Social Studies, Math, English, Arts and Music, Health, and Technology with the core content targeted for grades K-8. (Some content is helpful to high school students, as well.) Following each movie clip students have the opportunity to participate in quizzes, cartoons, and do-it-yourself experiments and with the click of a button, the quiz result can be forwarded to your support teacher.

Curio.ca (for Canadian content and argumentative essays)

The Curio.ca platform gives teachers and grade 8-12 students streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada.  You will find documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots and kids shows.  Curriculum resources are available for all grades including French and English language content.  There is also closed captioning for hearing impaired.  National Geographic is also available, including awesome documentaries on many topics.  Educational content is correlated to British Columbia standards.

Discovery Education (for all subjects)

This online video library contains full length educational videos including Canadian content correlated to Provincial standards.   It has Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Magic Schoolbus, Bill Nye, and much, much more.  You can search through the library easily to find what you’re looking for.  This is a great supplement to every student’s education.  There are videos covering a huge variety of topics in arts and music, science, language arts, health, and social studies from grades K through 12.  This site includes  hundreds of Canadian topics such as: Canadian geography, Canadian history, Canadian culture,Canadian attractions, famous historical figures, video clips and audio files in French.

Shmoop Literature and Author Guides on Discovery Education

Explora High School (for research)

Accessing Canadian content for all subjects is now a simple process through EBSCO. This is a premium online information resource specializing in Canadian content. EBSCO includes the following resources:

○Academic Search Premier

○Canadian Reference Centre

○Middle Search Plus

○Primary Search

○Professional Development Collection

○Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

○Consumer Health Complete

○MasterFile Premier

○Business Source Premier


Gale Cengage Learning (for research)

Gale Cengage Learning is one of the world leaders in eResearch and educational publishing for libraries and schools. It includes full-text magazine, newspaper articles and articles from over 600 online databases. These include the following resources:

○Global Issues in Context (international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events)

○12 titles from the Gale Virtual Reference Library (encyclopaedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research)

○CPIQ (Canadian Periodicals)

 Know BC Encyclopedia (for research)

Encyclopaedia of BC through KNOWBC.com includes more than 4000 authoritative entries and 1500 photographs, maps, charts, tables, sound, and video clips covering BC people, places, events, culture, accomplishments, inventions, and resources. Teacher resources are available for both contemporary BC and its history.  In addition, BC outcomes are correlated to specific data links within the encyclopaedia. These entries may be searched within EBSCOhost Digital Database at the Explora link.

Learn 360 (for all subjects)

Stream and download audiobooks, music, speeches, articles, images, science experiments, math activities and timelines.

High-Quality Video for Grades Preschool to 12.

Stream and Download Video anytime, anywhere

Acclaimed A&E, National Geographic, Reading Rainbow, Scholastic, BBC and more

Includes full Videos, Video Clips, short videos, newsreels, and speeches

Audio, Audiobooks, Music Tracks, Sound Effects and Speeches


Articles and Timelines

Statistical, Geographic and Historical Maps


World Book Encyclopedia

World Book Advanced gives students of grade 8 and up access to refined, optimized searching of World Book’s encyclopaedia, multimedia, eBook, and primary source databases. It also includes research tools such as dictionaries, atlas, and research guides with citation builders for bibliographies. Students have the ability to create individual accounts, to save their content both within World Book and external sources, and to create timelines and citations.


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