8 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.
experiment with a range of strategies (brainstorming, sketching, free writing) to extend and explore learning, to reflect on their own and others' ideas, and to identify problems and consider solutions
become aware of and describe the writing strategies that help them learn; express an understanding of their personal growth as language learners and language users
understand that note-making is purposeful, and has many purposes (e.g. personal use, gathering information for an assignment, recording what has happened and what others have said) and many forms, (e.g. lists, summaries, observations, and descriptions)
demonstrate an ability to integrate interesting effects in imaginative writing and other forms of representation, for example, 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 select more elaborate and sophisticated vocabulary and phrasing
9 Students will be expected to create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms for a range of audiences and purposes.
produce a range of writing forms, for example, stories, cartoons, journals, business and personal letters, speeches, reports, interviews, messages, poems, and advertisements
recognize that a writer's choice of form is influenced by both the writing purpose (to entertain, inform, request, record, describe) and the reader for whom the text is intended (e.g. understand how and why a note to a friend differs from a letter requesting information)
ask for reader feedback while writing and use this feedback when shaping subsequent drafts; consider self-generated drafts from a reader's/viewer's/listener's point of view
10 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.
understand and use conventions for spelling familiar words correctly; rely on knowledge of spelling conventions to attempt difficult words; check for correctness; demonstrate control over most punctuation and standard grammatical structures in writing most of the time; use a variety of sentence patterns, vocabulary, and paragraph structures to aid effective written communication