BC Curriculum – English Language Arts

BC curriculum: Grade 6 Language Arts

–> need to provide Scaffolding (Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development – things kids can do with help). We are trying to help kids become good communicators and be creative. Being able to present information confidently / fluidly is an important skills we don’t really model / teach to kids.

The new curriculum is based on a know, do, understand model.

Big ideas (UNDERSTAND) 

  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy
  • Understand selves and connect
  • Texts have different perspectives
  • Using language helps us understand how language works (kids learn language through communicating – e.g. learning through talk – trying to integrate more discussions among students instead of always being teacher-led)
  • Questioning creates educated citizens

Curriculum Competencies (DO) demonstration of learning, how we know students know what they know 

  • Comprehend and connect (reading, listening, viewing)
  • Create and communicate (writing, speaking, representing)

Content (KNOW) what students know 

  • Story/text
  • Strategies/processes
  • Language features / structures / conventions

Core competencies: Communication

  • Connect and engage to share and develop ideas
  • Acquire, interpret and present information
  • Collaborate to plan, carry out and review constructions and activities
  • Explain/recount and reflect on experiences and accomplishments

* The new curriculum has increased focus on First People’s perspectives and technology

* Link to old (2006) BC curriculum for English Language Arts – this can be a resource, particularly for assessment planning.

  • Prescribed learning outcomes <–> curricula competencies
  • Assessment <–> Achievement indicators, performance standards