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    (from The Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum, 7 - 9)

    LEVEL: 8
    By the end of Grade 8 students will be expected to:

    Assessment and Evaluation Stage

    GCO A (Speaking/Listening)
    speak and listen to explore, extend, clarify and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences

  • consider and reflect on the contributions of others' ideas during discussions (1)
  • ask questions that probe for accuracy, relevancy, and validity; respond thoughtfully and appropriately to such questions (2)
  • listen carefully to identify key points in oral presentations, and evaluate the relevancy of supporting details (4)

  • GCO B (Speaking/Listening)
    communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly, and to respond personally and critically

  • contribute to small-group conversation and whole-group discussion, choosing appropriate strategies that contribute to effective talk (1)
  • recognize that different purposes and audiences influence communication choices such as vocabulary, sentence structure, rate of speech, and tone during talk; consider appropriate communication choices in various speaking contexts (2)
  • give instructions and respond appropriately to instructions, directions, and questions (3)
  • evaluate speakers and the effectiveness of their talk in particular contexts; identify the verbal and non-verbal language cues used by speakers (e.g., repetition, volume, and eye contact) (4)

  • GCO C (Speaking/Listening)
    interact with sensitivity and respect, considering the situation, audience and purpose

  • recognize that spoken language reveals values and attitudes such as bias, beliefs, and prejudice; understand how language is used to influence and manipulate (3)

  • GCO D (Reading/Viewing)
    select, read, and view with understanding a range of literature, information, media, and visual texts

  • 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 abilities even further (5)

  • GCO E (Reading/Viewing)
    interpret, select, and combine information using a variety of strategies, resources, and technologies

  • access appropriate print and non-print sources with increasing independence and select information to meet specific needs with increasing speed, accuracy, and confidence (1)
  • experiment with and rely upon a range of print and non-print (e-mail, CD-ROMs, online databases...) sources for accessing and selecting information (2)
  • employ various relevant research strategies like generating questions, drafting an outline, or interviewing peers to determine what questions they would like "answered" (or examined) by their research (3)

  • GCO H (Writing/Other Ways of Representing)
    use writing and other forms of representation to explore, clarify, and reflect on their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and learnings; and to use their imagination

  • identify and reflect upon strategies that are effective in helping them learn; to describe their personal growth as language learners and language users (2)

  • GCO I (Writing/Other Ways of Representing)
    create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms for a range of audiences and purposes

  • 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 differs from that used in a media advertisement) (2)
  • attempt to use various technologies for communicating to a variety of audiences for a range of purposes (3)
  • keep the reader and purpose for writing in mind when choosing content, writing style, tone of voice, language choice, and text organization (4)
  • know how and when to ask for reader feedback while writing and incorporate appropriate suggestions when revising subsequent drafts; assess self-generated drafts from readers'/viewers'/listeners' perspective (5)

  • GCO J (Writing/Other Ways of Representing)
    use a range of strategies to develop effective writing and media products to enhance their clarity, precision, and effectiveness

  • 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 (1)
  • choose, with increasing regularity, the prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and presentation strategies to aid in producing various texts (2)
  • attempt to use various technologies for communicating to a variety of audiences for a range of purposes (3)
  • demonstrate a commitment to crafting pieces of writing and other representations (4)
  • gather information from a variety of sources (interviews, film, CD-ROMs, texts) and integrate ideas in communication (5)

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