I am very excited to introduce the new Grade 6, 7, and 8 Curriculum Outlines for the 2018-2019 school year, and I hope that you will find it both helpful and informative. I hope that the students’ classroom minutes in Literature prove to be a happy and fulfilling time for each of them.
Grade 6 – Literature
In the first year in the Upper Unit, students will encounter a significant change in the academic structure to which they have been accustomed. Whereas in the Lower Unit, students received the majority of their academic lessons from a single classroom teacher, they will now encounter a different specialist teacher for each subject.
This structure necessitates a degree of movement around the school with students travelling to specialist subject rooms, rather than the teachers coming to them. This is a useful preparation for the system which students will encounter in their high schools and it significantly raises the levels of independence and organizational skills which are required of them. Some students adapt more quickly than others to this new way of life.
In Grade 6 Literature the students have four Marking Periods. Students will be required to read Literature-based materials and respond to questions involving a range of comprehension skills.
-Respond to novels both fiction and nonfiction and apply found information to an alternative format: newspaper, magazine article, YouTube, or movie clip
-Be able to read a range of texts of varying genre with an understanding for both information and enjoyment
-Be able to speak clearly, fluently, and cogently in a range of contexts
Grade 7 Literature
At the outset of Grade 7, a subtle but significant change occurs in the demands made of the students who will be expected to show growing signs of organization, independence, commitment and most importantly – maturity.
From the beginning of the year, it will be important to understand that Reading is at the heart of the curriculum and crosses over into all other areas of study. The skills acquired through literacy are the building blocks needed for the student’s entire school career.
-Be able to read a range of texts of varying genre with understanding, for both information and enjoyment. They will respond to alternative texts including a Broadway play production
-Be able to speak clearly, fluently and cogently in a range of contexts
-Be able to listen, understand, and respond appropriately and with empathy
Grade 8 Literature
There is no denying that Grade 8 Literature is an academically challenging and demanding year for the students and much will be expected of them in terms of their organization, commitment, independence and maturity.
The skills acquired through literacy are the building blocks needed for the student’s entire school career; progress is made from year to year by developing and refining the key areas of speaking, listening, responding, and reading.
-Develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately to the best of their ability
-Be able to read a range of texts of varying genre with understanding for both information and enjoyment. Students will respond to alternative texts including a Broadway play production
-Be able to listen, understand and respond appropriately and with empathy
-Be aware of and feel part of the English language and its literature
-Read a range of novels both in the classroom and independently for study and pleasure
-Understand layers of meaning in texts and varying genre
Again, welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year. I hope that your final years at St. Joseph Regional School prove to be happy and fulfilling.
Any questions, please just ask.
Mrs. Sylvia Mary McFadden