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LANGUAGE ARTS OUTLINE (2013-14)

Mr. Giovannini:      Language Arts Outline (2013-14)

Language Arts in Room 201

The language arts program  follows the curriculum laid out in the 
Ontario Curriculum Document. 
It is divided into four sections, Oral Communication, Reading, Writing, and 
Media Literacy. 
The Language Arts Program will be organized as follows:

• Self-Selected Reading
• Word Study
• Reader's Workshop
• Writer's Workshop
• Media Literacy

Through this format the students will be exposed to a rich variety of 
literacy activities that are effective in foster the development of key 
literacy skills. Every student will have opportunities to practice and 
demonstrate their skills at an appropriate level that reflects their 
individual development stage.

-Self-Selected Reading    This goes beyond just simply reading on your own for
a period of time. During this time the students will also engage in
discussions and opportunities for responding to text. This allows for the
development of opinions and the ability to communicate these opinions effectively

-Word Study   Students will work with a weekly spelling list. The format is: 
Words go into planners on Monday, On Tuesday and Wednesday there is a 30 min
period to work on their weekly spelling activities in class, 

Friday is Dictation.  Any spelling activities not completed on Wednesday are
to be completed for homework and are due on Thursday. The spelling activities
allow students to develop their understanding of spelling patterns and word
meaning as well as literary tools and elements like parts of speech ( nouns,
verbs) synonyms, antonyms etc.

-Reader's Workshop The purpose of guided reading is to develop comprehension
strategies through a wide variety of texts. Each month the students will be
engaged in working with at least one selection  from a Current Events package
called "What In The World". This enables the class to be aware of events in
our country and the world on a regular basis.

-Writing   The purpose of Writer's Workshop is to develop our writing skills
through writing, revising and editing a variety of texts.

-Media Literacy  Students will: identify the advantages and disadvantages of
different media; compare and contrast various techniques of persuasion;
analyse the role of sound effects, music and dialog in media messages; uncover
bias embedded in news and information media and identify and understand media
stereotyping.


Organization of the Literacy Program (2011 - 2012)

-Assessment:  Each term the students write a CASI ( Comprehension Attitudes 
-Strategies Interests) reading assessment and an OWA (Ontario Writing 
Assessment)  
-Students will also have on going assessment of Reading and Writing 
assignments. The use of class generated rubrics and exemplar samples will
allow them to see what is expected to achieve a level 3 or 4 in their work. 



September:
• Comprehension strategies
• Non Fiction Text/ Reports, Information texts
• Current Events Text
• Summarizing and Main Idea
• Report writing
• Weekly Spelling activities

October:
• Comprehension strategies
• Non Fiction Text/ Reports, Information texts
• Current Events Text
• Summarizing and Main Idea
• Report writing
• Weekly Spelling activities

November:
• Comprehension strategies
• Writing Public Service Announcements
• Different Types of Media
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

December:
• Comprehension strategies
• Recount Writing
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

January:
• Recount Writing (Journal)
• Narratives, Fictional Tales
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

February 
• Writing Narratives
• Fictional Stories
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

March 
• Point Of View
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

April
• Research Skills
• Opinion, persuasive Writing 
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

May:
• Poetry
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

June:
• Assessment/Review
• Current Events Text
• Weekly Spelling activities

  


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