Frequently Asked Questions

What are the components of the Pearson Senior English program?

Viewpoints 11 is a 500+ page full-colour student anthology organized by four genres: short fiction, non-fiction (essays, articles and media), poetry and drama. Media (both formatted and unformatted) and stand-alone visuals are integrated throughout. Viewpoints 11 contains a wide range of selections at a range of reading and conceptual levels suitable for mixed ability Grade 11 English (university) classrooms. Many teachers will also find this anthology suitable for their Grade 11 College classrooms.
Reference Pointsis a 450-page full-colour companion text covering all aspects of purposeful communication both in the classroom and in the wider world. The text is divided into six chapters covering all major forms of literary and informational texts, encouraging students to both respond to and create such texts; extensive coverage of all major print and non-print media; and extensive coverage of communication in the world of work. ReferencePoints contains over a hundred literary works, models, student samples, and activities.

The Viewpoints/Reference Points Teacher Guideis 470 pages and contains for each selection: selection activities (with suggestions for modifying the activities for more or less challenge and ESL), key vocabulary, teaching notes, reproducible masters, links to ReferencePoints, thematic links, a list of additional resources, and suggestions for starting lessons with Reference Points. In addition, a CD-Rom version of the teacher guide is also included inside, allowing Blackline Masters to be modified to suit and photocopied.

How do Viewpoints and Reference Points fit together?

A teacher can use Viewpoints and Reference Points independently or together. If a teacher wishes to teach deductively, he/she can begin with the author narrative and models in Reference Points then go on to specific selections in Viewpoints. If a teacher wishes to teach inductively, he/she can begin with any literary selection in Viewpoints and then move to the appropriate chapter in Reference Points for reinforcement of theory, process and implementation. The Teacher Guide for Viewpoints and Reference Points provides strategies and materials for both approaches.

Will you publish a Language Works for Grade 11?
No, instead we have included over 50 pages of photocopiable Language Masters right in the Teacher Resource.

Will you be publishing rubrics on disk?
No, instead, we have included a CD-ROM version of the Teacher Guide within the Teacher Guide. The CD-ROM allows teachers to modify and customize the rubrics and print them, just the same as the Rubrics on Disk .

Will the books be available in hard or soft cover?
Viewpoints will be available in hard and soft cover, Reference Points will be in hard cover.

Why did you change the name from SightLines to Viewpoints?

Teachers have told us that there is a distinct difference between the Grades 9/10 and Grade 11/12 levels. At Grade 11 students are more mature than Grade 10 students. Expectations for performance increases in terms of independent learning, research and writing, and more serious literary selections that lend themselves to in-depth analysis and interpretation. Further, teachers told us that students in Grade 11 begin to think about their future and the wider world.

Why did you do one anthology for all of grade 11 instead of separate anthologies for different streams?

Teachers have told us that university level classrooms are often made up of students who should really be in college level classrooms. Therefore, teachers have said, they need a variety of selections with a range of reading and conceptual levels. In fact, many of the selections in VIEWPOINTS 11, can be used in many college level classrooms if a teacher so chooses. Further, teachers have said that it is often not the selection that determines its suitability for the college level classroom but the activities that accompany it. In the Teacher Guide, teachers will find activities specifically marked for "Less Challenge".

How do you support ESL?
Teacher Guide: See the Key Vocabulary sections for each selection as well as selections activities marked specifically for ESL. Viewpoints 11: See the "notes" that accompany many selections.

Why didn't you put "Language study" in the anthology? Why a second text?

The number of expectations and the sophistication of the expectations in the Ontario curriculum along with the major topics that Grade 11 teachers have always taught, did not lend themselves to the development of a single text. For example, including such things as the structures and processes involved in literary criticism, writing the literary essay, or support for the writing process (including grammar and mechanics) in a single text would have led to minimal instruction and/or fewer selections, neither of which teachers of Grade 11 English said they wanted. VIEWPOINTS AND REFERENCE POINTS together provide comprehensive coverage of the four strands of the Grade 11 English curriculum. While most teachers have said they wouldn't use these two resources as a program, the texts do provide a "backbone" to the entire course from which teachers can pick and choose while still retaining many of their favourite novels, Shakespeare plays and other single-genre anthologies in their new course.

Where are the grammar and mechanics exercises?
There is a Grammar Reference section in Appendix B in Reference Points, plus over 50 Blackline Masters in the Teacher Resource.

Where do you cover media?

VIEWPOINTS AND REFERENCE POINTS provide everything a teacher needs to teach media effectively - whether he/she is comfortable teaching it or not!
VIEWPOINTS contains over 20 print and non print media selections, both formatted and unformatted. The wide range of media in VIEWPOINTS includes fine art, sculptures, photographs, newspaper articles, ads, internet reports and posters. Context setters and activities accompany all selections. In addition, many literary selections are accompanied by visual material that can be used to teach media.

REFERENCE POINTS devotes an entire chapter to media and includes full sections on journalistic media, visual messages (posters, ads etc,), and electronic messages, (movies, broadcasting, commercials etc.) Each section provides activities that allow students opportunities to consolidate their learning and then go on to produce media pieces.


The texts are available now. Teacher Guides will be available June 2001.


Pricing of Prentice Hall Senior English will be available through your local representative in May, 2001.

How do I know I've covered the expectations using VIEWPOINTS AND REFERENCE POINTS.

VIEWPOINTS AND REFERENCE POINTS provide practical support for the teacher and/or curriculum co-ordinator to ensure that all the expectations are covered.

  • Every selection in VIEWPOINTS and every subsection in REFERENCE POINTS includes "Learning Focus" boxes directly tied to the curriculum.
  • Unit planning charts in the Teacher's Guide provide teachers with a tool for cross-referencing to the curriculum document.
  • A correlation of VIEWPOINTS and REFERENCE POINTS to the Grade 11 curriculum document is available.
  • Suggested course outlines in the front matter of the Teacher Guide provide suggestions for covering all the expectations of the new curriculum.

How is the anthology organized?
VIEWPOINTS 11 is organized into four genre-based units: short fiction, non-fiction (essays, articles and media), poetry and drama. Media, both formatted and unformatted is integrated throughout.

Other features of the anthology:

  • "Context setters" at the beginning of each selection provide background on the author, information of literary, historical, or social interest, and two or three open-ended questions to trigger creative and critical thinking.
  • "Learning Focus" boxes identify the knowledge and skills that students are expected to develop and demonstrate in the reading/viewing of the selection and in the accompanying selection activities.
  • "Notes" provide brief definitions or history of words, and specific information on references in the selection
  • "More to Explore" highlights themes, and literary elements and techniques of particular interest in the selection.
  • "Analyze and Interpret" activities encourage students to develop and demonstrate the skills required by the curriculum
  • Media selections such as movie reviews, editorials, are identified with a media logo. Some media selections are formatted and designed to study form; others are unformatted and designed to study purpose.

What if I teach by theme?
VIEWPOINTS - There is an alternate Thematic Table of Content in the anthology.
TEACHER GUIDE - For each selection, see the "Themes" section under MORE TO EXPLORE

Which selections are for Non-Academic students?
Teacher Guide
See the chart at the beginning of each selection for reading level.
See the suggested course outlines
See the activities throughout the teacher guide marked as "Less Challenging"




Q:  How is your Table of Contents (TOC) organized and is there an alternative TOC?
A:   There are two TOCs in the anthology: the first one is organized by genre and form, which includes the four In-Depths; the second one is organized by theme. We have also developed an additional TOC in chronological order.

Q:  What is an "In-Depth"?
A:   It is a multi-genre section in the anthology that allows students to explore more deeply a major area of literary and media interests. We have included four In-Depths: "Universal Themes and Patterns" (archetypes), "Media on Media," "Argument and Persuasion," and "Shakespeare." They may be used for independent study and summative evaluation.

Q:  The reality is that university-bound classes are mixed level. Is your anthology appropriate for those classes?
A:   Viewpoints 12 has a wide variety of literary, oral, and visual texts-117, in fact-and a rich balance of traditional/contemporary; Canadian/International; male/female to choose from. Plus, in the Teacher Resource Guide, you will find Curriculum Pathwaysto help department heads and teachers design course outlines quickly and effectively for either high-level or mixed-ability classes.

Q:   Have you included a media section?
A:  Yes, to meet the Ontario curriculum guidelines we have developed an In-Depth called "Media on Media." In Reference Points, a chapter is dedicated to media.

Q:  How are your activities organized?
A:   The activities are always ordered in the following way: 1) Meaning; 2) Form/style; and 3) Extension. Plus we have included Another Viewpoint and Wrap-Upactivities to allow the student to extend, connect, and consolidate ideas and skills.

Q:   Teaching the Essay is an important curriculum requirement. How have you approached it?
A:  The treatment of the essay is thorough and substantial. Over 40 per cent of the book is composed of essays from six sections that range from traditional essay forms to articles and media selections, plus an In-Depth on argument and persuasion for further exploration. Reference Points chapters 2 and 3 provide more in-depth commentary and models of the essay form. The Teacher Resource Guideoffers a specific section on teaching the senior essay.

Q:  My new teachers would like assistance when organizing their course outlines. What type of support will you offer?
A:   Curriculum Pathwayshelp department heads and teachers to design course outlines quickly and effectively for ENG4U course for either high-level or mixed-ability classes.

Q:  Do you have footnotes that explain complex literary devices?
A:  Teachers told us not to point out literary devices in text because it is intended for a senior-level class. In the Glossary and Notesfeature, we highlight challenging concepts and vocabulary. We also provide annotated selections in Reference Points.

Q:  What type of BLMs do you have in the TRG?
A:   There are 181 masters on rhetorical and literary devices; using the Internet and assessing information; and grammar and language for review and reinforcement.


Q:   Do you have a Catholic Teacher Resource Guide?
A:  Yes, we have a guide specifically developed for the Catholic School Boards.