Grammar in the curriculum (CAN)

Grammar & The Curriculum Overview: Newfoundland & Labrador

The Newfoundland Labrador – English Language Arts Curriculum “supports literacy development through both integrated experiences and the teaching of discrete skills in speaking and listening, reading and viewing, and writing and representing”.   Under Writing and Representing:

·Students will be expected to create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms for a range of audiences and purposes (GCO 9)

·Students will be expected to use a range of strategies to develop effective writing and other ways of representing and to enhance their clarity, precision, and effectiveness. (GCO 10)

Different text types (descriptive, procedural, explanatory and persuasive) are covered through modelling and guided writing.  Students develop an understanding of how writers craft their writing in different ways. The Curriculum highlights that instruction on language structures and conventions should be embedded within the context of meaningful reading and writing experiences.  Appendixes containing language structures and conventions include:

•Different sentence types – simple, compound and complex

•Different word classes – adjectives, adverbs, verbs (action), conjunctions, pronouns, prepositions

•Subject/verb agreement; tense etc.

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