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Grade 3 Language

In Grade 3 Language, our students round out their primary Language journey by continuing to explore different texts and forms of media, such as plays, poetry, fables, and novels. As their confidence in English increases, they will learn techniques to improve and perfect their own writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. This course is designed to be 200-300 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Language (2006)

Over the next year, the VES team will be working on updating some of our language courses to align with changes to the curriculum released by the Ontario Ministry of Education in June 2023.

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2021

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.




In the Fables unit, students will read fables. They will also listen and respond to stories while learning about adjectives and spelling familiar words. Finally, students will brainstorm and write a fable.


In the Non-Fiction unit, students will read non-fiction texts and learn to recognize their features. They will identity media forms and techniques and show an understanding of different media texts and text patterns. They will also identify the point of view and use question words to share their opinions in their writing. Students will also use research to improve their writing.


In the Letters unit, students will read different texts and make connections. They will expand their vocabulary and use pronouns in their writing. They will learn about sentence structure an support their thoughts in their writing. Finally, students will write and revise a letter.


In the Poetry unit, students will learn about different poems. They will learn how to use listening strategies and make connections to poems. They will write a poem using the best words and adverbs for their writing. Students will also create and publish a media text while reflecting on their writing process.


In the Plays unit, students will listen to plays. Then, they will learn to identify the important information. They will read fluently and use vocal effects to communicate. They will write a play using action verbs and add voice to their writing. Finally, students will learn proofreading skills and use them to improve their writing.

Media Texts

In the Media Texts unit, students will read a variety of media texts. From reading, they will identify text features and the rules and techniques used in each media text. They will make inferences and find the messages within the text. They will discover who creates media texts and why. They will create a media text for a specific audience. They will complete this using proper nouns, rules, and techniques. Finally, students will reflect on their media creations.

Novel Study

In the Novel Study unit, students will read a novel. As they read, they will make inferences based on the information available. They will identify the main character’s point of view and the perspectives of other characters in the novel. They will use active listening strategies and speak clearly while presenting. They will create a book report using quotation marks in their writing. They will also create a media text to go along with their book report. Finally, students will reflect on their reading and listening strategies.


In the Presentations unit, students will identify purposes for speaking. They will use presentation strategies and visual aids while presenting. They will make their presentation interesting by using cues, words, and phrases. They will write and create a media text for a presentation. Finally, students will reflect on their presentation skills.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Various household items to complete offline activities
  • Pencil, fictional texts, music, non-fiction texts, paper, colouring tools, variety of media, mirror

Through a balance of problem-solving and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of language processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. The course utilizes a combination of technology and offline activities, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways and engage multiple learning styles. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, characters, videos, storybooks, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. These activities also build a foundation of reading, writing, oral communication, and media literacy that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a teacher to support young students through the content. The teacher will be involved in facilitating the course content, and participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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