Central Elgin Collegiate Institute COURSE OUTLINE 2011-2012 Course Name: Locally Developed Course Code: Compulsory
VALLEY DISTRICT THAMES Credit Course SCHOOL BOARD Grade 9 Locally Developed Ms.Barker Credit Value: ENG 1L
Course Type: Teacher(s): Course Description:
In this course, students focus on developing their literacy, communication, and organizational skills to prepare for success in high school, in their daily lives, and in the workplace. From this course, students advance to the grade 10 locally developed English, and the grades 11 and 12 workplace English courses. ENG1L1 is designed to meet the needs of students who require support to develop their reading, viewing, listening, talking, writing and critical thinking skills. In all strands the focus is on developing and refining foundational literacy skills and on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts. Course Overall Expectations: Strand Oral Communication
Overall Expectations use listening skills to participate in formal and informal classroom discussions; use talk to develop thinking skills in small and large group interactions; contribute ideas and converse while participating in classroom activities; identify their strengths as oral communicators and reflect on next steps in further developing listening and talking skills. develop reading and viewing strategies to understand and make connections with texts that are part of school, workplace, and everyday life; read and recognize a variety of short, engaging, authentic, and relevant print and non-print text forms, both teacher- and student-selected; identify their strengths as independent readers and viewers and reflect on next steps in further developing their reading and viewing skills. apply the writing process by generating and organizing ideas, writing a draft, revising, and editing to produce a variety of short written texts; convey information and ideas clearly in a variety of short written forms; identify their strengths as writers and reflect on next steps in further developing their writing skills.
Reading and Literature Studies
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies: The purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Assessment and evaluation is based on the provincial curriculum expectations and the achievement levels outlined in the curriculum document. In order to ensure that assessment and evaluation are valid and reliable, and that they lead to the improvement of student learning, teachers use a variety of strategies throughout the course, including: providing students with feedback about their work (known as assessment for learning), helping to set learning goals and monitor their own progress (known as assessment as learning), and evaluation and reporting of progress in the form of grades and marks (known as assessment of learning). Assessment and Evaluation Methods (May include major evaluations)
Unit 1: Diagnostic In this unit students will complete diagnostic activities to assess their strengths and areas for improvement in all four of the strands, Oral Communication, Reading and Literature Studies, Writing, and Media Studies
Creation of a digital/paper portfolio
Unit 2: Heroes Students will explore the idea of what makes a hero, while practicing essential reading strategies such as making connections and visualizing. They will review the elements of narrative texts and practice writing supported opinion paragraphs. This unit will also focus on the development of basic grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills and strategies. Students will select pieces for their portfolio to demonstrate their growth based on goals identified in unit 1. Unit 3: Technology and the Future
Will the world be a better place in the future because of technology? Students will explore this question through examining media such as video games and graphic texts. Reading strategies developed will include making inferences and identifying the features of graphic texts. Students will develop critical questioning skills and use them to interview people connected to the video game industry. Students will develop digital literacy skills and discover what it means to be a good digital citizen by creating a blog and becoming citizen journalists. This unit will focus on digital forms of communication and writing news articles as well as listening and speaking skills. Students will select pieces for their portfolio to demonstrate their growth based on goals identified in unit 1.
Canadian Hero Website: Students will select a Canadian to nominate as a hero, conduct research, and then write a supported opinion paragraph to be posted on a website where individuals may vote for their favourite hero.
Multi-media presentation/Interview Students will choose a genre or media format such as children’s movies, Manga, video games, sitcoms, etc. and prepare a short multimedia presentation identifying stereotypes and explaining whether or not they think they are harmful. Online Newspaper: Students will choose a topic that is meaningful to them regarding students and their use of technology. They will then write a newspaper article and post it on their blog. These blogs will be turned into an online class
newspaper. Course Culminating Activity/Independent Study: The CCA for this course will take the form of a literature circle unit where students will have the opportunity to put into practice all the skills they have learned with a novel or graphic novel that suits their interests and learning needs. Final Exam
Portfolio: Students will have portfolio conferences with the teacher where they select a piece they feel needs the most work and refine and present this as their CCA.
Assessment and Evaluation Categories and Weights: Achievement Chart Categories Achievement Category Knowledge/ Understanding Evaluation/Weight of Marks
Evaluation Term Evaluation (Formative) Final Evaluations (Summative
Thinking/Inquiry 25% Communication Application
Learning Skills and Work Habits Assessment: The development of learning skills and work habits is an integral part of student learning. These skills are: Responsibility Organization Independent Work Collaboration Initiative Self-Regulation
Learning skills and work habits influence student achievement and are included as a formal part of the assessment and evaluation process. Learning skills and work habits will be assessed through a variety of teacher strategies. ( e.g. observation, student /teacher conference, self-reflection, checklists, exit cards, etc.) These important learning skills and work habits will be formally reported on the Provincial Report Card according to the following scale: E- Excellent, G- Good, S- Satisfactory, N- Needs Improvement.
Academic Dishonesty - Cheating and Plagiarism: Learning tasks that students complete, as well as all assignments, tests and exams which students submit for evaluation must be their own work. Cheating and plagiarism is a serious offence which will not be condoned. Academic consequences will result. Late and Missed Assignments - Student Roles and Responsibilities Students are expected to: be responsible for providing evidence of their achievement of the overall expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher; understand that there will be consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation and/or for submitting those assignments late; use class time productively; in extenuating circumstances, request an extension from the teacher before the due date. Mark deductions for late and missed assignments may apply to major assignments only. References: TVDSB Assessment & Evaluation Policy, September 2011; Growing Success - Assessment and Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010. Student Planner and School Web site