English 30-2 Essay Topics

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English Language Arts 30-2 Course Resource Book

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This resource is available online, however students without internet access may choose to purchase this material.

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  • Publisher: ADLC
  • Revision / Publication Date: September 2016

Bleachers

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The protagonist of this story, Neely Crenshaw, was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the Messina Spartans. Now, fifteen years have passed and Neely returns home to bury the revered and loathed Coach Eddie Rake, whose influence holds a lasting impact on both players and the community. Through the use of flashbacks, the boys recall and replay the glory days and their often tumultuous relationship with their coach. Neely must deal with his need to forgive both the players, himself, and his coach, as the feelings of love and hate for the coach fight for supremacy within him.

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  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.
  • Author / Editor: John Grisham
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2003
  • ISBN: #9780385340878

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Junior, the main character of the novel, is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Medical problems threaten to shorten his life and are the cause of ridicule by of his peers. Luckily, his best friend defends him at every turn. Junior is determined to receive a good education, so he decides to attend an all-white school in the neighbouring community where he is the only native Indian. An outcast both at home and at school, Junior experiences several great family tragedies, and attacks life with wit and humour, discovering a strength inside of himself that he never knew existed. The cartoon illustrations within the novel enhance the sensitivity, humour, and the pain Junior experiences.

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  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Author / Editor: Sherman Alexie
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2009
  • ISBN: #9780316013697

The Fault in Our Stars

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Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 17-year-old girl you won’t soon forget. Her offbeat humour and quick one-liners will leave you laughing even though you know Hazel might not have long to live. You see, Hazel has cancer. And while her struggle is heartbreaking, Hazel refuses to allow her sad fate to define her. The book opens as Hazel is reluctantly attending a support group for cancer patients. Just when Hazel fears the oppressive sadness of the situation might overcome her, a boy named Augustus Waters catches her eye, and their lives will never . . . ever . . . be the same. (As a side note, if you have seen the movie and didn’t love it, don’t let it discourage you from reading the book. It’s much better!)

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Author / Editor: John Green
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2014
  • ISBN: #9780142424179

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

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Adam Spencer Ross is the quirky and charming teenaged protagonist of this modern Canadian novel. Adam is nearly 15, and struggles mightily with the things most teenagers his age encounter—family drama, girl drama, and school drama. In the midst of trying to survive the trials of high school, however, Adam is also battling his OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as well as the baffling mystery of who is sending threatening letters to his mother. Despite the chaos in Adam’s life, he finds humour, friendship, and love in his OCD support group. This is a page-turning novel that will leave you thinking about these characters long after you close the book.

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  • Publisher: Random House of Canada Limited
  • Author / Editor: Teresa Toten
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2013
  • ISBN: #9870385678346

The Impossible Knife of Memory

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For the first time in a very long time, eighteen-year-old Hayley Kincaid has a shot at a normal life. After being on the road with her father, Andy (a war vet suffering from PTSD), for years, never staying too long in one place, they are finally back in Hayley’s hometown. Despite her painful memories, her difficult past, and the lurking threat that their difficult past might come back to haunt them, Hayley believes she just might have a chance at happiness. . . especially after she meets Finn, the hot guy who is obviously into her. Life is never simple, though, and Hayley soon learns that her sarcastic wit and hard exterior may not be enough to keep herself safe from “the impossible knife of memory.”

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Author / Editor: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2015
  • ISBN: #9780347510723

Tuesdays With Morrie

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Have you ever had that one person in your life that cared enough to listen to you, mentor you, and help you find your way? Perhaps for you it was a coach or a parent, maybe even a brother, a sister, or a friend. For Mitch Albom, the person was Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Mitch hasn’t seen Morrie in almost 20 years, but when he learns his beloved professor is dying, Mitch commits to visiting Morrie every Tuesday, just as he did those many years ago. Even after all these years, Morrie still has a great deal to teach Mitch . . . and anyone else who will listen. This moving true story will remind you of the power we have to impact one another’s lives.

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  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.
  • Author / Editor: Mitch Albom
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2002
  • ISBN: #9780767905923

Gage Canadian Thesaurus

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Thesaurus.

Note: This material is recommended.

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  • Publisher: Nelson Education Ltd.
  • Revision / Publication Date: 1998
  • ISBN: #9780771519857

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Dictionary.

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  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster Inc.
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2004
  • ISBN: #9780877799306

Canadian Writer’s Handbook

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This Handbook, designed for grade 10-12 students, is an up-to-date, concise reference focusing on the practicalities of writing effective essays.

  • Extensive support provided to address common spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • Additional topics such as note-taking, oral presentations, writing research papers, developing character sketches, writing reviews, resumes, and various types of letters, memos, and e-
  • Includes practice exercises

(Description from Nelson Education).

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  • Publisher: Nelson Education Ltd.
  • Author / Editor: Richard Davies & Glen Kirkland
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2000
  • ISBN: #9780771517471

English 30-2 The Key Study Guide

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Study guide following the Alberta English 30-2 curriculum including practice questions and tests.

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  • Publisher: Castle Rock Research Corporation
  • Author / Editor: Anthony Regan & Bill Talbot
  • Revision / Publication Date: 2015
  • Edition: 2016 Alberta Edition
  • ISBN: #9781770444133

June 2016

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the interplay between time and opportunity when an individual seeks to create a meaningful life.

 

January 2016

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the nature of motivations that direct an individual’s course of action.

 

June 2015

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the ways in which an individual’s resilience is shaped by empathy.

 

January 2015

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the human need to reconcile the uncertainties of the past with a new or present situation.

 

June 2014

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the role self-perception plays when individuals seek to reconcile the conflict between illusion and reality.

 

January 2014

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the role kindness plays when individuals attempt to determine their own destiny.

 

June 2013

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about an individual’s capacity for self-sacrifice in the face of compelling circumstances.

 

January 2013

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the human need to make a commitment or renounce a course of action.

 

June 2012

Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the interplay between how individuals perceive themselves and are perceived by others.

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