Inspired by questions asked by my own students, this series of literacy activities was designed for and used in my own classroom. All of the activities in the series work with the anchor text O Canada is Gender Neutral Again, which is written at a grade 8-9 reading level. The text focuses on the history of the Canadian national anthem, including the 2018 update.
This activity works well as practice for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and as part of the Ontario Literacy Course (OLC, OLC4O).
This package includes the following items:
O Canada is Gender Neutral Again anchor text
Series of Paragraphs Expressing an Opinion - prompt and rubric
I recommend starting with the KWL chart, then a detailed reading of the anchor text, using a text coding strategy (there are several available online and through TpT). The reading provides a good launch point for classroom discussion and research. Students then determine their position on the updated lyrics, and write a series of paragraphs expressing an opinion.
The estimated duration is 1 week, assuming drafts and good copies are both completed.
All rubrics are based on information from The Ontario Curriculum, English, The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC), Grade 12 (2003).
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O Canada is Gender Neutral Again – Complete Unit
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O Canada is Gender Neutral Again – Multiple Choice and Open Response Questions
O Canada is Gender Neutral Again - Opinion Piece Writing Prompt
O Canada is Gender Neutral Again – Original Text and KWL Chart