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In this course, students will do more than master basic language skills, they will learn to value the power of language and use it responsibly. Students will learn how to express feelings and opinions and support these opinions with research. They will learn how to use language in formal and informal situations and how to communicate clearly; orally, in writing, and through a variety of media. As students read and reflect on a rich variety of literary, informational, and media texts, they will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others and of the world around them. They will also develop the ability to understand and critically interpret a range of texts and to recognize that a text conveys one particular perspective among many.
Course Code: LAN5
Curriculum Policy Document: Language, Grades 1 – 8, 2006 Revised
Course Developer: Virtual Elementary School
Development Date: 2016
Students will learn about the book of Guiness World Records. They will read and analyze parts of these texts while practicing before, during, and after reading strategies. Students will be given the opportunity to complete numerous interactive activities and to view several short video clips which focus on enhancing active listening skills. Students will discuss lesson materials while applying formal speaking strategies and finally, students will set personal Language goals that they would like to accomplish during the duration of this course. They will design and implement a plan how to achieve these goals.
A very important guest by the name of Mr. Tiddle will visit the Virtual Elementary School classroom and whisk away one lucky student to take part in a cross-cultural adventure. Mr. Tiddle is the make-believe owner of a board game company in Toronto called Schwallemer Games. He is facing problems with his business because there are other competitors who are becoming more popular. His goal is to find a Grade 5 student to design a new, unique and innovative board game. This student will travel to countries around the World to learn about their cultures and various games. The student will be asked to complete tasks and assignments that will enhance literacy skills such as the ability to give effective presentations. There will also be numerous reading, writing, and viewing exercises.
Students will learn about two important gold rushes that occurred in Canadian history including the Klondike Gold Rush, and the Caribou Gold Rush. Students will experience a series of flash-backs that will take them back in time to Dawson City. During these flash-backs, students will meet key figures like Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie. They will learn what life was like during the gold rushes while continuing to strengthen crucial literacy skills. There will be two novel studies in this unit.
Students are back in the Virtual Elementary School classroom setting for this unit. However, strange things seem to be happening at the school. For example, when asked to go to the Art Supplies closet, an unexpected green alien is hiding out amongst the art supplies. Are these events real, or are they imaginary? Students will learn the differences between fiction and non-fiction literature. They will read and view numerous examples of these two writing styles. They will examine Expository Writing components as well as Narrative Writing components. There are many opportunities for students to read and to write in this unit.
Virtual Elementary School has another exciting visitor who comes to talk to the class. This famous individual is none other than Walt Disney. He teaches the students about cartoon animation from past to present. Students will observe, interpret, and create many of their own cartoons, comic-strips, and animations. Spelling tips and strategies will also be practiced in this unit. Students will be given the chance to read several graphic texts and to write and to create their own graphic texts.
The evaluation of the student’s achievement in this course is based on the student’s achievement of the curriculum expectations. The percentage grade represents the student’s overall achievement and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the Achievement chart for this discipline. The final grade for this course is calculated based on each of the five units (20% each) which are broken down into differentiated summative assignments. There are no tests so to speak, but rather assignments that assess an understanding of the expectations as outlined in the units above.