EFP 11 Literary Studies + Writing


  1. English First Peoples 11 Outline (pdf)
  2. English First Peoples 11 Overview: Grades. Rules, and Routines (pdf)
  3. English First Peoples 11 Calendar (pdf)
  4. English First Peoples 11 Progress Report (Marks and Grades Overview) (pdf)
  5. English First Peoples 11 Models and Frameworks (pdf)
  6. English First Peoples 11 Stuff-to-Learn List (pdf)

Parent/Guardian Updates

Thematic Quotes

  1. “I’m a man who keeps promises” (Alexie, father in One Good Man)
  2. You want to burn the inside of me, the soul of me. Burn me. Me?” (Maracle, Marla in The Laundry Basket)
  3. “stories are all we are” (King)
  4. “narrative organizes the structure of human experience” (Bruner)
  5. “the only cure/I know/is a good ceremony” (Silko)
  6. “through others we become ourselves” (Vygotsky)
  7. “learning emerges from strong relationships” (Davidson)

Poetry Packets

  1. Feb 5: English First Peoples 11 Poetry Packet #1 – Rita Joe (pdf)
  2. Feb 5: English First Peoples 11 Poetry Packet #2 – Duncan Mercredi (pdf)
  3. Feb 12: English First Peoples 11 Poetry Packet #3 – Marie Annharte Baker (pdf)
  4. Feb 12: English First Peoples 11 Poetry Packet #4 – Lee Maracle (pdf)
  5. Feb 26: English First Peoples 11 Poetry Packet #5 – Peter Blue Cloud Arionwenrate (pdf)
  6. Feb 26: English First Peoples 11 Poetry Packet #6 – Beth Brandt (pdf)

Test and Exam Study Guides

  1. Mid Term Week (Mar. 4, Mar. 11-15)
    • Mid Term Exam Study Guide (will be posted later)
  2. Unit Test Week (May 10, May-13)
    • Unit Test Study Guide (will be posted later)
  3. Final Exam Week (June 14, June 17-21)
    • Final Exam Study Guide (will be posted later)

The last day of the Final Exam Week is Friday June 21. This is the last regular day of the semester. The Make-Up Day is June 24. If you miss an exam day, you can make it up on the Make-Up Day. Grades are posted on June 25. Year end grades must be posted at year end. Late work, turned in after the summer break, may be accepted and may result in a revised grade. This requires permission the office, so please see Mr. Kertes if you plan or expect to miss the exam week. The last day to submit any work for possible revision is September 30, 2024.

Assignment Overviews and Rubrics

  1. Due Mar. 1: Short Story Report (pdf) (will be posted later)
  2. Due Mar. 4: Expository Essay (pdf) (will be posted later)
  3. Due Mar. 8: Poetry Reflection Report (pdf) (will be posted later)
  4. Due Apr. 12: Student-Led Conference Report (pdf) (will be posted later)
  5. Due Apr. 15 or Apr. 17: My Story Presentation (pdf) (will be posted later)
  6. Due Apr. 18: Self-Assessment Report Due (pdf) (will be posted later)
  7. Due May 9: Textual Analysis Essay (pdf) (will be posted later)
  8. Due May 9: Novel Study Report (pdf) (will be posted later)
  9. Due June 3 or June 5: Policy Presentation (pdf) (will be posted later)
  10. Due June 6: Policy Self-Assessment Report (pdf) (will be posted later)
  11. Due June 17: 750-word Biography Report on Lee Maracle or Sherman Alexie

Lesson Study Guides

  1. Feb 2: Focusing Questions (LOAs)
  2. Feb 9: Thesis Statements (Five Fs)
  3. Feb 23: Theories (LOAs)
  4. Mar 1: The Importance of Theory
  5. Apr 5: Short Cuts and Reading Strategies
  6. Apr 8: Five Fs and Levels of Analysis (LOAs)
  7. Apr 22: Six Stages of Writing
  8. Apr 29: Theory and Praxis (Reflective Action)

Quiz Study Guides

  1. Feb 5: How to ask a research question. (pdf)
  2. Feb 12: How to write a thesis statement. (pdf) (will be posted later)
  3. Feb 26: How to apply systems-thinking. (pdf) (will be posted later)
  4. Mar 4: How to write a paragraph. (pdf) (will be posted later)
  5. Apr 8: How to write an essay. (pdf) (will be posted later)
  6. Apr 15: How to use writing as a system for thinking. (pdf) (will be posted later)
  7. Apr 29: How to use writing as process for thinking. (pdf) (will be posted later)
  8. May 6: How to use writing to produce knowledge. (pdf) (will be posted later)

Homework Templates and Readings

Homework is password protected for copyright reasons. Ask Mr. Kertes for the student password. The PDFs are posted weekly. The student password expires at the end of the course. The files are for student use only.

  1. Due Feb 2: Welcome Letter to Families (Including Info on Readings and Films) (pdf)
  2. HW#1 Leonard and Mister Mandela
  3. HW#2 The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Juke Box Love Song
  4. HW#3 In Memory of Jeff David and How to Make Good Baked Salmon from the River
  5. HW#4 Wen net k’l and Sune’wit at Kelly’s Mountain
  6. HW#5 The White Judges and Letter to Sir John A. Macdonald
  7. HW#6 Annotations of Auschwitz, During the Eichmann Trial, and The Survivor
  8. HW#7 He Likes to Dance, the duke of windsor, born again indian, and Prayer/Oracion
  9. HW#8 My Death, What the Living Do
  10. HW#9 beware: do not read this poem
  11. HW#10 Communications class

Readings (Passages, Essays, Poems, Short Stories, etc.)

PDFs of passages. For student use only. Password protected for copyright reasons. Please ask Mr. Kertes for student the password. The student password changes after the semester ends.

  1. “You’ll Never Believe What Happened” Is Always a Great Way to Start” (Thomas King) (pdf)
  2. Borders (Thomas King) (pdf)
  3. Celebrating One More Time (Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson) (pdf)
  4. Coyote and the Enemy Aliens (Thomas King) (pdf)
  5. Daughters of the Dust (film)
  6. Ehtee/Grandpa (pdf)
  7. Goodbye, Snauq (pdf)
  8. Haida Gwaii (Thomas King) (pdf)
  9. Hearts and Flowers (pdf)
  10. I Am Filled with a Trembling Light (pdf)
  11. I Am Woman (Lee Maracle) (pdf)
  12. Keeper’n Me (Richard Wagamese) (pdf)
  13. One Good Man (Sherman Alexie) (pdf)
  14. SGaawaay K‘uuna (film)
  15. Smoke Signals (film)
  16. So You Girls Remember That (Gaadgas Nora Bellis) (pdf)
  17. Superdrunk (pdf)
  18. Sweat (pdf)
  19. The Importance of the Act of Reading (Paulo Freire and Donald Macedo) (pdf)
  20. The Laundry Basket (Lee Maracle) (pdf)
  21. The Narrative Construction of Reality (Jerome Bruner) (pdf)
  22. The Promise (Richard Van Camp) (pdf)
  23. The Raven Steals the Light (Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst) (pdf)
  24. The Sasquatch at Home (Eden Robinson) (pdf)
  25. Yin Chin (Lee Maracle) (pdf)

Core Competencies

In this course you will develop the following core competencies: (1) communication, (2) thinking, and (3) personal and social, by applying the knowledge, skills, processes, and dispositions that are associated with interactions with others, intellectual development, and your place in the world of people and ideas.

Mr. Kertes is an English teacher in Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Ts’msyen, at Charles Hays Secondary School - home of the Rainmakers.