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GRADE 8: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

What your child is learning

Grade 8 children assess their own points of view during discussions with others. They listen actively, share viewpoints, disagree politely, ask questions correct misconceptions, and provide feedback.

Children compare how they understand what they read, see and hear. They summarize main ideas and learn to use specialized and technical vocabulary.

Children do research in a variety of ways and choose appropriate information sources to find answers to their questions.

Children try more ways to communicate ideas keeping in mind the purpose and the intended audience. For example, they present panel discussions, debates, dramatizations and speeches. They may also create timelines, write biographies or letters to the editor, and prepare audiovisual presentations and documentary videos.

In Grade 8, children use a variety of skills and strategies to edit their work.

Children learn to cooperate to ensure that groups work well together. For example, they discuss responsibility and resolve conflicts.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.

How your child is assessed

There are two types of assessment in Grade 8 English Language Arts: the teacher’s classroom assessments and the Middle Years Provincial Assessment.

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year. Here are the English Language Arts reporting areas and some examples of what the teacher will assess.

Comprehension (Reading, Listening and Viewing)

  • How does your child think about and discuss strengths, needs and learning experiences to check his or her progress towards goals?
  • How does your child use what he or she already knows to predict, question, and make connections to new learning?
  • How does your child summarize information from various sources and learn from it?

Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)

  • How does your child get and share information from a variety of sources?
  • How does your child identify strengths and areas for improvement?
  • How does your child use criteria and resources to check and improve work?

Critical Thinking

  • How does your child compare his or her own viewpoints and ideas to those of others?
  • How does your child use language in a way that respects gender, age, culture and race?
  • How does your child examine ideas and materials for point of view and bias?

As part of the Middle Years Provincial Assessment, you will receive a report from the school on your child’s achievement in reading comprehension and writing of informational texts. Using information from observations, conversations and samples of your child’s work, the teacher will prepare a report at the end of January that compares your child’s performance to mid-grade provincial criteria. The report will give you an opportunity to discuss the results with your child and the teacher and help you support your child’s learning.

Resources

Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes and Standards Kindergarten to Grade 8
A listing of outcomes by grade for Kindergarten to Grade 8

Lead the Way with ELA - A Parent Report on What’s New in English Language Arts
This Parent Report highlights some features of Manitoba’s new English language arts curriculum frameworks and describes ways parents can help their child learn. By working together, we can help ensure that every child can enjoy and experience success in English language arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY IS CRITICAL THINKING AND CRITICAL LITERACY IMPORTANT?

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