English Language Arts 7, 8 & 9
Welcome to English Language Arts. We look forward to working with you to build a classroom of engaged readers and writers!
“Language is the basis of all communication and the primary instrument of thought. It is essential for forming relationships, extending experiences, reflecting on thought and action, and contributing to society.”…The aim of English language arts is to enable each student to understand and appreciate language and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning.”
– Alberta Education, Program of Studies, English Language Arts
Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:
★ explore thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences.
★ comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print, and other media texts.
★ manage ideas and information.
★ enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
★ respect, support, and collaborate with others.
As a student in English Language Arts class, you are expected to:
- HAVE A BOOK TO READ WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES
- come prepared to class with the required materials
- respect classmates, teachers and the school community as a whole
- ask questions to clarify and extend understandings
- participate in class activities and work cooperatively
- stay engaged and focused
- do your best, and help your classmates to do the same
- complete homework and hand in assignments on time.
- read, review and study on a regular basis
- avoid plagiarism/copying/cheating
- take responsibility for work missed when absent from class
- speak to the teacher as soon as possible if any difficulties are experienced
Ongoing formative assessments will be made to assist with teaching and learning.
Summative assessments will reflect student level of achievement of key learning outcomes and
grading will be cumulative. Grades will be based on the following:
● 75% Coursework:
o 30% Knowledge (quizzes, tests, etc.) o 70% Composition (writing pieces, visuals, oral
● 25% Final Exam
Note: For Grade 9 students, the PAT will be used as their final exam (Part A & Part B)
Accommodation/Differentiation Students with PLPs, IPPs or ELL designation may be assessed
using accommodated or differentiated criteria on assignments and examinations to ensure that
they are able to fully participate in the learning of the course material.
Students are encouraged to access books through the school library, individual teachers’
classroom libraries, and the Edmonton Public Library. As with any library, materials can be
found in our classroom and school libraries which range from elementary to university level
texts. Some of these texts deal with sensitive topics. We encourage students to select reading
material that fits their maturity level, as well as parental expectations, and ask parents to
regularly engage with their children about what they are reading.
Students who are enrolled in the Pre-AP program will extend their learning through:
project-based learning, encountering and self-selecting a variety of texts throughout the year,
informing themselves about and developing leadership skills in the area of social justice, and
expanding their cultural and literary experiences through student choice in text and projects. For
additional information, please see the Pre-AP package.