Students will use their life experiences and knowledge from the foundational skills acquired in their primary school years to complete creative, descriptive, and persuasive writing assignments and compelling presentations. Students will engage in meaningful interactions with texts and will explore complex topics through personal reflection. Multiple perspectives will be identified by exploring regional cultures and through the study of media literacy. Upon completion of this course, students will have the proficiency to enter the intermediate language course.
Course Code: LAN6
Curriculum Policy Document: Language, Grades 1 – 8, 2006 Revised
Course Developer: Virtual Elementary School
Development Date: 2012
The first unit of the course will examine non-fiction literature with a focus on media literacy. Presentation skills are reviewed with respect to reading out loud to a specific audience and are assessed through creative writing as well as informational texts. Finally, a checkup of writing descriptively is explored as students develop their skillset for this course.
Students explore various festivals around the world through reading and writing activities. They will learn to write using connective text and utilize their creative side when creating visual media projects. They will learn to write persuasively as they propose an interesting festival in their own community.
The elements of non-fiction and fiction are examined, specifically myths and legends. After learning further writing tools, students will create a dialogue, an invention, and a piece of persuasive fiction. Presentation skills are revisited in preparation of writing a song and the design of a commercial. A full legend is written utilizing the whole writing process including story mapping, rough draft, editing, revision and final draft.
Fiction is examined as students travel across Canada using a VIA rail pass that takes them to the far reaches of the country. Exploring regional cultures and everything that characterizes them provides the backdrop for student reflection and the creation of an fictional autobiography. Students continue to learn to speak with confidence and present their opinions to others. Reinforcing personal reflection results when students learn how to properly journal their own thoughts.
The final unit of this course consolidates the skills in reading comprehension that students have been exposed to since the first unit. Many of the reading and writing activities are conducted in a shared method, using the coach or peers at home to move through some of the lessons with. Learning the skills associated with writing a great introduction, developing characters and plots, as well as creating an effective climax and conclusion are displayed in the production of a complete fictional story. This final project allows the student to establish themself as one ready to enter the Intermediate language program.
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.