GCO4 Students will be expected to select, read, and view with understanding a range of literature, information, media, and visual texts.
SCO 4.1 select texts that address their learning needs and range of special interests
SCO 4.2 read widely and experience a variety of young adult fiction and literature from different provinces and countries
SCO 4.3 explain with some regularity how authors use pictorial, typographical, and other organizational devices such as tables and graphs to achieve certain purposes in their writing, and rely on those devices to construct meaning and enhance understanding
SCO 4.4 read with greater fluency, confidence, and comprehension by furthering personal understanding and recognition; and use cueing systems and strategies to read and view increasingly complex texts
SCO 4.5 regularly identify the processes and strategies readers and viewers apply when constructing meaning; develop an understanding of the personal processes and strategies applied when reading and viewing; reflect on personal growth as readers and viewers of texts and use this awareness of personal development to push reading and viewing ability even further
GCO5 Students will be expected to interpret, select, and combine information, using a variety of strategies, resources, and technologies.
SCO 5.1 access appropriate print and nonprint sources with increasing independence and select information to meet specific needs with increasing speed, accuracy, and confidence
SCO 5.2 experiment with and rely upon a range of print and non-print (email, CD-ROMs) sources for accessing and selecting information
SCO 5.3 employ various relevant research strategies such as generating questions, drafting an outline, or interviewing peers to determine what questions they would like answered by their research
GCO6 Students will be expected to respond personally to a range of texts.
SCO 6.1 elaborate personal reactions to what is read and viewed by providing some extended explanations, examples, and supporting arguments
SCO 6.2 state personal points of view about what is read and viewed and justify views with increasing regularity
SCO 6.3 with increasing confidence and flexibility, find evidence in texts to support personal claims and viewpoints about issues, themes, and situations
GCO7 Students will be expected to respond critically to a range of texts, applying their understanding of language, form, and genre.
SCO 7.1 recognize that texts need to be assessed for bias and broaden their understanding and awareness of the ways in which print and media texts can be biased; begin to question and think critically about the relevance and reliability of information when answering questions and inquiries
SCO 7.2 identify the various features and elements writers use when writing for specific readers for specific purposes; describe how texts are organized to accommodate particular readers' needs and to contribute to meaning and effect
SCO 7.3 expand on earlier abilities to respond critically to a range of texts in various ways
understand how personal knowledge, ideas, values, perceptions, and points of view influence how writers create texts
recognize how and when personal background influences meaning construction, understanding, and textual response
describe how cultures and reality are portrayed in media texts
Writing and Other Ways of Representing
GCO8 Students will be expected to use writing and other ways of representing to explore, clarify, and reflect on their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and learnings; and to use their imagination.
SCO 8.1 demonstrate competence in the frequent use of writing and representing strategies to extend learning; to explore their own thoughts and consider others' ideas; to reflect on their feelings, values, and attitudes; and to identify problems and describe logical solutions
SCO 8.2 identify and reflect upon strategies that are effective in helping them to learn; describe their personal growth as language learners and language users
SCO 8.3 begin to use various forms of note making appropriate to various purposes and situations
SCO 8.4 demonstrate an awareness of how and when to integrate interesting effects in imaginative writing and other ways of representing; include thoughts and feelings in addition to external descriptions and activities; integrate detail that adds richness and density; identify and correct inconsistencies and avoid extraneous detail; make effective language choices relevant to style and purpose, and, when appropriate, select more elaborate and sophisticated vocabulary and phrasing
GCO9 Students will be expected to create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms for a range of audiences and purposes.
SCO 9.1 continue to develop writing forms previously introduced and expand this range to produce, for example, autobiographies, drama, surveys, graphs, literary responses, biographies, illustrations, and reviews
SCO 9.2 consider and choose writing forms that match both the writing purpose (to define, report, persuade, compare) and the reader for whom the text is intended (understand why language choice, organization, and voice used in an essay differ from that used in a media advertisement)
SCO 9.5 know how and when to ask for reader feedback while writing and incorporate appropriate suggestions when revising subsequent drafts; assess self-generated drafts from a reader's/ viewer's/listener's perspective
GCO10 Students will be expected to use a range of strategies to develop effective writing and other ways of representing, and to enhance clarity, precision, and effectiveness.
SCO 10.1 build and rely upon a broad knowledge base of how words are spelled and formed; use such knowledge to spell unfamiliar words and expand vocabulary; regularly use resource texts to verify spelling; use punctuation and grammatical structures capably and accurately; use a variety of sentence patterns, vocabulary choices, and paragraphing with flexibility and creativity to engage readers