English 30 Edmonton North Central

English 30-1* Edmonton North/Central

* While this course is designed primarily for 30-1 students, English 30-2 students are welcomed and can certainly benefit. We provide supplementary handouts for our 30-2 students that outline the differences in their exam, which our instructors will discuss in class. Just choose the “30-2” option when registering so we can be ready for you!


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Edmonton - North/Central (MacEwan University)

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Edmonton South (Terwillegar Rec Centre)

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Spruce Grove (St. Peter the Apostle High School)

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SEATS AVALABLE

This slightly longer option will likely run in a smaller class setting than option 2

Instructor: Joey Dvorak

Price: $99 prepaid OR $110 pay at the door
MULTI-COURSE DISCOUNT: PAY REGULAR PRICE FOR YOUR FIRST COURSE, EACH ADDITIONAL COURSE IS $15 OFF.
Prepaid only, single-day workshops excluded

Location: MacEwan University

Course Schedule

Class Date Location Teacher
Class 1 Saturday January 4 10:00 am - 3:30 pm MacEwan University 9-202 Joey Dvorak
Class 2 Sunday January 5 10:00 am - 3:30 pm MacEwan University 9-202 Joey Dvorak
Class 3 Friday January 10 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm MacEwan University 9-201 Joey Dvorak
Part B Reading Comp. Q&A Saturday January 18 8:30 am - 10:30 am MacEwan University 9-215 Joey Dvorak

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
Part B Reading Comp. Q&A

SEATS AVALABLE

Instructor: Paula Parker

Price: $99 prepaid OR $110 pay at the door
MULTI-COURSE DISCOUNT: PAY REGULAR PRICE FOR YOUR FIRST COURSE, EACH ADDITIONAL COURSE IS $15 OFF.
Prepaid only, single-day workshops excluded

Location: MacEwan University

Course Schedule

Class Date Location Teacher
Class 1 Saturday January 11 9:45 am - 4:30 pm MacEwan University 9-201 Paula Parker
Class 2 Sunday January 12 9:45 am - 4:30 pm MacEwan University 9-201 Paula Parker
Part B Reading Comp Q&A Saturday January 18 8:30 am - 10:30 am MacEwan University 9-201 Paula Parker

Topic Timeline

Class Number Topic Covered
Class 1 On day one we'll begin with the Part A portion of the exam; specifically the PRT (Personal Response to Text) Assignment. Course instructor Paula has marked diplomas for many years and she will help students create a clear and executable step by step outline for success; and quickly dispel any notion that this exam "cannot be studied for". Students will then dive in with a step by step approach for how to best "survive" the Part B portion of the exam - Reading Comprehension. Paula will model the type of reading necessary for full comprehension.
Class 2 To begin, students will revisit the PRT (Personal Response to Text) assignment to be sure questions are answered and students feel prepared for this first assignment. We will take the time to analyze examples of successful (and some not so successful) student writing. Next, students will revisit the reading comprehension portion of the exam, working their way through excerpts, practicing different strategies being critical readers. Finally for the day, we willl break down a clear step by step outline and approach to successfully tackle the second assignment for Part A - the Critical Analytical Response to Literary Text (Essay). We will examine past diploma essay questions and students will prepare the literature they would like to write their essays on.
Part B Reading Comp Q&A

Paula Parker
BEd, BA University of Alberta
Edmonton Catholic School District (over 15 years)

Paula joined us in January 2011 and her student feedback was phenomenal – in fact perhaps the best of any of our instructors. In her words …

I have been enjoying the experience of teaching English 30-1 and 30-2 for the past seventeen years in the Edmonton Catholic School District. Several of these years have been spent at Archbishop O'Leary High School, although I have also taught at Louis St Laurent and Fresh Start earlier on in my teaching career. I am currently teaching at Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre. Marking diploma exams every year allows me the opportunity to continue the professional development of learning what Alberta Learning is looking for from my students; I can then share this experience with not only my students, but those of you preparing for your English 30/30-2 diplomas that attend our RTD sessions. Our time together will include preparation for both the Part A and Part B portions of the Diploma Exam. Students who have attended Rock the Diploma courses have expressed that our time together definitely benefited them and they felt much more prepared for their exam; establishing that confidence is sometimes half the battle! I look forward to the opportunity to help you prepare for your English diploma.

Joey Dvorak

Joe Dvorak is a well-rounded and experienced ELA teacher, having 18 years teaching experience (every aspect of the program), and is currently Department Head at St. Francis Xavier High School. He has consistently taught the 30 level stream, is a prominent member of the AP community, and is a knowledgeable marker for the Diploma exams. 

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