English in Poems and Songs

ENG-4101-1 / ENG-4111-1


English in Poems and Songs is the first of three courses for Secondary IV English Language Arts. The learning situations encourage the students to develop an understanding and ability to apply the codes and conventions used in poetry and song. The course addresses the competencies: uses language/talk to communicate and to learn (C1) and reads and listens to written, spoken and media texts (C2). By the end of the course students will be able to analyse and discuss poems and songs and make an oral presentation of a poem.


The learning guide contains three learning situations and two formative assessment situations. Students identify poems and songs that reach them, they learn to recognize and respond to sensory images, patterns of rhythm and ryhme, and identify elements to consider in a poetry reading. Students record a poem and an oral response to a poem. The students will learn a procedure to follow in understanding a poem, write responses to poems, and reflect on how poetry and song use similar techniques to deliver a message. Students learn to discuss and analyse poetry and songs and to consider the creative process of artists. As well, students will examine the imagery and poetic devices used in poems and songs and look at the content and meaning in poems and songs. Media resource page: online or down-loadable audio and video resources


Secondary IV (grade 10), English Language Arts students.


Secondary III English Language Arts or the equivalent. English in Poems and Songs (ENG-4111-1) or the equivalent. NB - ENG-4101-1 is the identical course content, only the course code number has changed.


A Teacher/Tutor Guide is available for download.The scored activities can be purchased separately. This work is funded by the Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche du Québec and by the Canada-Quebec Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Language Instruction.
Duration: 25 hours
Number of units: 1




50% and 50%

Corrections time

One hour per evaluation.


Passing grade 60%


Author(s): Wendy Ann Sturton

Production date: May 2015