Language Arts

Ministry of Education
Gr 7 LA outcomes/indicators
Gr 8 LA outcomes/indicators

Saskatoon Public Schools places significant emphasis on literacy skills. For 2022, our division has implemented new tools for assessment. The intent is to help teachers better understand the literacy needs of individual students. LA consists of six strands; reading, writing, listening, speaking, interpreting, representing. Each day, one or more of them is addressed. Ongoing efforts to improve literacy skills this year will include:

  • formal reading assessments

  • specific instruction for reading strategies

  • scheduled reading periods

  • stories and novels read by me with response activities

  • instruction and practice of various writing techniques such as the newspaper format, short essay, letter and poetry

Reading Requirements and Lists

Our classroom has a reading requirement. For the most part, students choose their own books with communicated expectations for level and content. Completed books are recorded in a log kept in the classroom. A sample version can be seen here. Using books from this record, students are asked to complete assignments. These will be due about every three weeks, usually on a Friday. In class reading time is offered at least once, sometimes twice a week. Regular visits to Alice Turner Library are planned to support reading.

Current Focus - Thinking About Rich Language Use, Reading Plan, Assessments, Structures within Writing

We begin the year with considering the importance of precision and detail in descriptive writing. Using the best word or phrase can change a drab, colourless description into something clear and alive. Several in class activities will be followed by the first graded assignment of the year.