Language Program is divided into 6 cycles per year about 1.5 months per cycle. Each cycle/unit plan combines areas of Language curriculum: reading, writing, oral, media.
Cycles include lessons with descriptions of lesson that can be done to teach in literacy block. The units link to either Science or Social Studies unit. These units were planned for a grade 4/5 combined class but can easily be used for either a grade 4 or grade 5 class.
Form of Writing: Narratives
Social Studies Units:
Grade 5 – First Nations and Exploration
Grade 4 – Early Societies
BIG IDEAS: Identity
Is it better to be a child now or in the early society time? Compare life of ancient societies and first nations to today.
1.1 Purpose & Audience
Learning Goal: We are learning to write a narrative for a specific topic, purpose and audience
2.6 Preparing for Revision
Learning Goal: We are learning to identify parts of our writing that need improvement and make revisions to improve our writing.
1.7 – Analyze Text
Analyze texts and explain characters, setting, main idea, problem/challenge and resolution, plot development and morals of story.
1.1 – Reading a Variety of Texts
Read a variety of texts from diverse cultures, including literary texts (Ex. myths, plays, short stories, chapter books, letters, diaries, graphic novels, diagrams, brochures, charts and maps and informational texts like textbooks, non-fiction books, encyclopaedias)
Learning Goal: We are learning to read a variety of texts and be able to identify the elements of a narrative (ex. plot, setting, character…)
1.7 Analyzing Texts
Analyze oral texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute to meaning (e.g., ideas and information, body language, tone of voice)
Analyze oral texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute
to meaning (e.g., ideas and information, word choice, tone of voice, pace of delivery, body language)
1.4 Audience Responses
Explain why different audiences might respond differently to the same media text. What do you think of this media text? Who might agree or disagree with your opinion?” “How does gender/age/culture seem to influence people’s choices?