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					                                             Mrs. Kaliszuk’s
                                     Course Outline and Expectations
                                    Grade Eight Language Arts 2008-2009
                                         terra.kaliszuk@blackgold.ca



Welcome to Language Arts Eight!
I am really looking forward to getting to know you this year and am very excited to explore the interesting world
of Language Arts with you. I hope that you learn some new things about yourself as we progress through this
course together!

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

1. Respect yourself, others, and your surroundings.
2. Be on time and prepared.
3. Take responsibility for your decisions, and accept the consequences (good or bad) of your
   choices.
4. Have all assignments ready at the beginning of class.
5. All work is to be completed to the best of your abilities.

COURSE OVERVIEW

   UNIT                                             PRIMARY FOCUS                        PROJECTED TIME
   Getting Back Into it                         Baseline Testing                                   September
   Thematic Unit:                               The Giver                                 September/October
   Individuality or Conformity?
   Expressing Ourselves                         Writing Skills and Process                         November
                                                Reader’s Workshop Project
   Dramatic Arts                                Drama Conventions                                  December
                                                A Christmas Carol
                                                Character Study
   Reading and Responding                    -   Short Story Theory                           January/February
                                             -   Narrative Writing
   The Novel                                 -   The Outsiders                                 February/March
                                             -   Literature Circles
   Exploring Alternative Texts               -   Film Conventions                                         April
                                             -   Film Study -- Rudy
   The Art of Persuasion                     -   Essay Writing                                             May
                                             -   Final Writing Assessment
   Visual and Media Literacy                 -   Fine Art Analysis                                    May/June
   (cross-curricular unit with
                                             -   Advertising Techniques / Critical
   Social Studies 8)
                                                 Viewing Skills
                                             -   Creating an Advertising Campaign
   Being Proactive                              Review                                                   June

                             This is a tentative schedule. It is subject to change.

*** I will do my best to post homework assignments, exam/project due dates, as well as other information on my
               blog. Please check it on a regular basis, as it will help you keep up with your work.***
                           http://mrskaliszuksblog.blogspot.com
MATERIALS

The following supplies are required for Language Arts 8:
    - Language Arts binder (materials should be kept in chronological order)
    - 4 dividers (we will review binder organization in class)
    - black/blue pens (including at least one different coloured correction pen)
    - pencils/erasers
    - pencil crayons
    - ruler
    - glue stick
    - at least 2 different coloured highlighters
    - pocket dictionary
    - thesaurus
    - 2 duo-tangs (this is where you will store units that we have finished)
    - we will also be completing several projects during the course of the year that may require special
         materials


HOMEWORK POLICY – Subject to Teacher’s Discretion

    1.   Most assignments will be allotted a reasonable amount of time for you to finish your work in class. Any
         work not completed within the given time is expected to be completed for homework.
    2.   If you are absent from school, you are expected to take the initiative and, depending on the
         circumstances, ask for assignments before you leave or request make-up work for the time you were
         gone. Always check my blog for homework updates. Either way, you are expected to complete all
         class work you have missed on your own time.
    3.   In general, all group and/or oral presentations must be completed on the assigned dates; no late
         presentations will be permitted.
    4.   Unless otherwise stated, all assignments are to be ready for the BEGINNING of class.


MARK DISTRIBUTION

Term 1 will be worth 20% of your final grade, terms 2 and 3 worth 30%, and your final exam worth 20%. The final
exam in June will be a school-wide assessment and will be comprised of a written and reading component. You
may be exempted from your final exams, provided that:
           1) your cumulative average in the subject is 85% +, and your attitude and behaviour have been
               exemplary.
           2) you were not exempted from that subject’s exam in grade 7.
           3) your teacher approves the exemption.

A variety of formal and informal assessments will be used. Some of these include, but are not limited to exams,
projects, essays, anthologies, presentations, quizzes, web quests, homework checks, etc. You will also be taught
and encouraged to accurately self-assess your work as much as possible – this will help you to discover how YOU
learn best, and help you to improve the quality of your work as well. Assignments will be weighted
according to their significance; for example, a unit end project will be worth more than a homework check.


FINAL NOTE

In order to ensure a successful year, it is important that you complete your assignments and actively participate in
class activities. Your parents/guardians are welcome to visit our classroom and are also encouraged to call/email if
any concerns or questions arise.
Parents and/or guardians:

Please sign and return this sheet indicating that you have read the course outline and are aware
of the expectations of your son/daughter. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns,
please contact me at:

Mrs. Terra Kaliszuk
Phone – 929-5977 (ext. 111)
Email – terra.kaliszuk@blackgold.ca

In addition, if you are interested in further communication throughout the year, please leave
your email address below.

Please return no later than Monday, September 8, 2008.

Student Name: _________________________________

Parent Name: __________________________________

Parent Signature: _______________________________

Parent Email Address: _________________________________

*If your son/daughter is in more than one subject with Mrs. Kaliszuk, please return only
one form.
                   Language Arts 8 -- “I CAN” Statements


General Outcome 1 – I can listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to explore my own thoughts,
ideas, feelings, and experiences.

General Outcome 2 – I can listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to understand and respond
(personally and critically) to oral, print, and other media texts.

General Outcome 3 – I can listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to manage ideas and
information.

General Outcome 4 – I can listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to make my writing more clear
and interesting to my readers.

General Outcome 5 – I can listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to respect, support, and
collaborate with my classmates.




                    Reevaluating and Extending Personal Understanding
1.1.1    I can change my understanding and expression of ideas by making connections with
         new and past knowledge and experiences.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Literature Circles
1.1.2    I can review, reread, discuss and reflect on different types of text to explore, confirm,
         and revise my own understandings.
         A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy
         Social Studies 8

1.1.3    I can find and consider different ideas, opinions, and experiences to develop and
         extend my own ideas, opinions, and experiences.
         Short Story Narrative Writing Literature Circles Social Studies 8
1.2.1    I can acknowledge the value of others’ ideas and opinions when I am exploring and
         extending my own interpretations.
         Literature Circles Social Studies 8
1.2.2    I can exchange ideas and opinions with others to clarify and broaden my own
         understandings and perspectives.
         Narrative Writing Literature Circles Social Studies 8
1.2.3     I can reconsider or revise my own initial responses in light of new information or
         feedback from others.
         A Christmas Carol Short Story Narrative Writing Literature Circles Visual and Media Literacy
         Social Studies 8
2.1.1    I can use strategies to add to and extend my own knowledge and experiences when I
         interpret new ideas.
         Short Story Social Studies 8
3.3.7    I can incorporate new ideas with my previous knowledge to help me develop new
         understandings.
         Short Story Literature Circles Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
5.1.2    I can broaden and clarify my own opinions by looking at the ideas of others.
         Short Story Narrative Writing Literature Circles Social Studies 8
                             Experiencing Different Forms of Text
1.1.4    I can discuss and respond to ways that different texts enhance OR restrict the way
         ideas, information, and experiences are communicated.
         A Christmas Carol Film Study -- Rudy Visual and Media Literacy
2.2.1    I can enjoy a variety of texts from many cultural traditions and genres.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
        Film Study -- Rudy Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
2.3.1   I can discuss how the form and genre of a text is appropriate for its intended purpose
        and audience.
        Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles Visual and Media
        Literacy
2.3.2   I can discuss how useful different types of media texts are.
        A Christmas Carol Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy
2.3.6   I can summarize the content of media texts and discuss the choices made when
        planning and producing them.
        A Christmas Carol Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy
2.4.4   I can choose to use different text forms and genres for their particular purpose and
        affect they have on their audience.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Visual and Media
        Literacy

3.4.1   I can communicate information in a variety of texts (interviews, mini-lessons,
        documentaries).
        The Outsiders Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project
        Narrative Writing Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8

4.1.8   I can choose a document format that is appropriate for my content, audience, and
        purpose.
        The Outsiders Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Visual
        and Media Literacy
                                Pursuing Personal Interests
1.1.5   I can pursue my own personal interest in specific genres of text.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Narrative Writing Literature Circles
2.1.2   I can use knowledge about authors, text forms, and genres (found in previous readings)
        to direct my own reading experiences.
        The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project Literature Circles
                                          Vocabulary
2.1.8   I can use strategies that help me improve my word identification, develop my
        vocabulary, and help my spelling.
        The Outsiders Short Story Narrative Writing Literature Circles Essay Writing
2.1.9   I can use a thesaurus to improve my vocabulary and locate appropriate synonyms.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Narrative Writing
        Literature Circles Essay Writing
4.2.1   I can use words and phrases to clarify and enhance the ideas and descriptions in my
        own writing.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Narrative Writing
        Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy
                                      Attend to Spelling
2.1.8   I can use strategies that help me improve my word identification, develop my
        vocabulary, and help my spelling. Literature Circles
        The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Narrative Writing
4.2.6   I can create a system for studying and remembering the correct spelling of key words.

4.2.7   I can use my knowledge of spelling rules to spell technical terms and unfamiliar words
        in my own writing.
        Social Studies 8
4.2.8   I can identify different spellings of a word in texts and discuss why the different
        spellings are appropriate for the audience and purpose of the text.
        Short Story Narrative Writing
                               Punctuation and Capitalization
4.2.9   I can use hyphens to break words at the end of a line and to make a new word from two
        related words.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.2.10   I can identify semicolons, dashes, and hyphens, and can use them to help me
         understand the meaning of text.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.2.11   I can use parentheses correctly in my writing.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.2.12   I can use appropriate punctuation and capitalization when I refer to other texts in my
         writing.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Essay Writing
                                     Grammar and Usage
4.2.2    I can use different simple, compound, and complex sentences to make my writing
         interesting.
         Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.2.3    I can use correct pronoun-antecedent agreement in my writing.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.2.4    I can use verb tenses consistently in my writing.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
                                     Editing and Revision
4.1.1    I can share my drafts with others so that I get useful feedback from them.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.1.2    I can identify how certain features enhance or detract from the overall effectiveness of
         mine AND someone else’s work; I can also suggest and make revisions to the text.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.1.3    I can emphasize important ideas or create dominant impressions by revising my word
         choice.
         Narrative Writing Social Studies 8
4.1.4    I can revise my work to make my sentence variety, word choice, and tone better.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.1.5    I can use electronic editing tools (spell check, thesaurus) to enhance the clarity of my
         texts.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing
                             Reading Comprehension Strategies
2.1.3    I can enhance my own understanding by paraphrasing main ideas and supporting
         details, and by rereading and discussing important passages.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy
2.1.4    I can adjust my reading rate (skim, scan, or read slowly) to help my understanding of
         the passage.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Literature Circles
2.1.5    I can take notes, make outlines, and use other strategies (like read, recite, review) to
         remember ideas and information.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Literature Circles
2.3.3    I can identify the difference between theme and topic/main idea.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing
3.2.4    I can adjust my reading or viewing rate to suit the purpose and density of the material I
         am reviewing.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Literature Circles
                                      Character Analysis
2.2.5    I can interpret characters’ choices and motivations in different texts and relate them to
         myself and others’ choices.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy
2.2.6    I can identify and describe character’s traits and motivations, showing proof from the
         text and my own personal experiences.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing
2.2.7    I can discuss ways that characters are developed and reasons why characters may
4.2.5    change.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing
2.2.9    I can discuss how characters, plot, and setting are connected to each other.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing
2.3.4    By considering a character’s words, actions, interactions with other characters, and the
         narrator’s perspective, I can explain a character’s traits and motivations.
         The Outsiders Reader’s Workshop Project A Christmas Carol Short Story Literature Circles
         Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing
                              Creative and Figurative Language
2.2.10   I can discuss how word choice, figurative language, plot, setting , and characters work
         together to create mood and tone.
         Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Narrative Writing Literature Circles
2.3.7    I can identify creative uses of language and visuals in popular culture; I can also
         discuss how imagery and figurative language create tone and mood in these texts.
         A Christmas Carol Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy
4.1.9    I can explain ways that new words, phrases, and expressions enter the language
         (popular culture, technology, other languages).

4.1.10   I can understand the literal and figurative meaning of words, using idioms, analogies,
         metaphors, and similes.
         Literature Circles
4.1.11   I can experiment with figurative language, voice, sentence structure, patterns, camera
         angle, and music to create a mood in my text.
         Narrative Writing Visual and Media Literacy
                                         Mood and Tone
2.2.10   I can discuss how word choice, figurative language, plot, setting , and characters work
         together to create mood and tone.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Narrative
         Writing
2.3.7    I can identify creative uses of language and visuals in popular culture; I can also
         discuss how imagery and figurative language create tone and mood in these texts.
         A Christmas Carol Film Study -- Rudy Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy
4.1.11   I can experiment with figurative language, voice, sentence structure, patterns, camera
         angle, and music to create a mood in my text.
         Narrative Writing Visual and Media Literacy
                                          Point of View
2.2.2    I can write and represent narratives from different points of view.
         Short Story Social Studies 8
2.2.3    I can realize that there is more than one possible interpretation for texts and can
         discuss these different points of view.
         The Outsiders Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Short Story Literature Circles Film
         Study -- Rudy
2.3.5    I can compare and contrast different perspectives provided by first and third person
         narration.
         Short Story Narrative Writing
2.4.2    I can retell texts from different points of view.
         Short Story
3.1.2    I can follow the development of arguments, opinions, or points of view in texts.
         Reader’s Workshop Project Short Story Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
3.3.2    I can organize ideas and information to establish an overall point of view in my texts.
         Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Short Story Narrative Writing Essay Writing Visual
         and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
5.1.3    I can compare ways that texts show different cultures or periods in history.
         A Christmas Carol Short Story Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
                                        Research Skills
2.1.6   I can identify and use clues in reference materials (catalogues, databases, web sites,
        thesauri, writers’ handbooks) to easily access information.
        Social Studies 8
2.1.7   I can identify and use structural features of texts (magazines, newspapers, instruction
        booklets, advertisements, schedules) to find information and to help me read with
        purpose.
        Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
3.1.3   I can select appropriate sources of information for my topic, audience, purpose, and
        text form.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project
3.1.4   I can make my own plan to access, gather, and record information.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Social Studies 8
3.2.1   I can find information from a variety of sources when conducting research.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Social Studies 8
3.2.2   I can use tools and text features (subtitles, margin notes, key words, electronic
        searches, visual effects and sound effects) to access information.
        Social Studies 8
3.2.3   I can record key ideas from texts and avoid overusing direct quotations.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Social Studies 8
3.2.5   I can develop and use criteria to evaluate the usefulness, currency, and reliability of
        information for my research.
        Social Studies 8
3.3.3   I can make point-form notes that summarize major ideas and supporting details of my
        research sources.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Social Studies 8
3.3.4   I can discard information that isn’t important for my audience, purpose, form, or point of
        view.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Narrative Writing
        Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
3.3.5   I can use a consistent and approved format to give credit for my quoted and
        paraphrased ideas.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Social Studies 8
3.3.6   I can identify the relevance of information to my purpose AND can address gaps in my
        information.
        Narrative Writing Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
3.4.3   I can consider different ways to achieve my research goals.
        Social Studies 8
                                 Presentation of Information
3.4.2   I can incorporate appropriate visuals and other media to inform and engage my
        audience.
        A Christmas Carol Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
4.1.7   I can vary my handwriting style and pace, depending on my purpose and audience.
        The Outsiders Short Story Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.3.1   I can plan small group and short, whole class presentations that share information.
        The Outsiders Literature Circles Social Studies 8
4.3.2   I can present information that has a clear purpose, and that appeals to the interest and
        background knowledge of my audience.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Essay Writing Visual
        and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
4.3.3   I can use feedback from presentation rehearsals to modify my presentation AND can
        plan a particular effect or purpose that my presentation achieves.
        The Outsiders Social Studies 8
4.3.4   I can predict how presentations will be organized and can identify important ideas and
        supporting details in the presentation.

4.3.5   I can respond respectfully by using appropriate verbal and non-verbal feedback.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Short Story Essay Writing Social Studies 8
                                    Working With a Group
5.2.1   I can present ideas and promote ideas that help my group advance their thinking AND
        recognize everyone’s ideas.
        Literature Circles Social Studies 8
5.2.2   I can contribute to group goals and extend my own learning.
        Literature Circles Social Studies 8
5.2.3   I can cooperate with my group to get the task done by defining responsibilities,
        negotiation to reach agreements, setting objectives and time frames, and reviewing the
        group’s progress.
        Literature Circles The Outsiders Social Studies 8
5.2.4   I can evaluate my contribution to the group, offer feedback to others, and suggest ways
        to improve our group task.
        The Outsiders Literature Circles Social Studies 8
                               Text Structure and Composition
2.4.1   I can create texts that are related to issues I have encountered in other texts and in my
        own life.
        Narrative Writing Visual and Media Literacy
2.4.3   I can create texts with both main and minor characters.
        Narrative Writing
2.4.4   I can choose to use different text forms and genres for their particular purpose and
        affect they have on their audience.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Narrative Writing
        Visual and Media Literacy
3.1.1   I can experiment with different ways to focus a topic and select an appropriate text form
        for my purpose and audience.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Visual and Media
        Literacy
3.3.1   I can organize ideas and information to create a comparison, chronology, or to show a
        cause-effect relationship.
        Reader’s Workshop Project Essay Writing Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
3.4.1   I can communicate information in a variety of texts (interviews, mini-lessons,
        documentaries).
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Essay Writing Visual
        and Media Literacy Social Studies 8
4.1.6   I can use paragraphs to create unity and clarity in my texts.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Narrative Writing Essay Writing
4.1.8   I can choose a document format that is appropriate for my content, audience, and
        purpose.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Reader’s Workshop Project Visual and Media
        Literacy
                           Making Comparisons and Connections
2.2.4   I can make connections between an author’s biography and their texts.
        The Outsiders A Christmas Carol Short Story
2.2.8   I can compare the characters, plot, conflicts, and main ideas of similar texts.
        Short Story
5.1.1   I can compare my understanding of other people, cultural traditions, and values with
        others’ understandings through texts.
        A Christmas Carol Short Story
                                     Community Conduct
5.1.4   I can participate in organizing and celebrating special events while recognizing their
        significance to Language Arts.
        A Christmas Carol Grade 8 Farewell
5.1.5   I can use language and actions that respects different races, cultures, genders, ages,
        and abilities.
        Newspaper Article Writing (Film Critique) Short Story Visual and Media Literacy Social Studies
        8
                                       Goal Setting
1.1.6   I can reflect on my growth in how I use language to make and revise my own personal
        goals.
        Narrative Writing Literature Circles Essay Writing Short Story Social Studies 8

				
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