Grade 7 children compare and summarize points of view by discussing their thoughts with others. For example, they express opinions, disagree politely, and ask questions to clarify their thinking.
Children learn a variety of strategies that help them understand and communicate about what they read, see and hear. For example, they read material quickly in order to find the main and supporting ideas in their own words, think about its meaning and how it makes sense.
Children learn to choose appropriate information sources when looking for answers to their research questions.
Children use a variety of ways to communicate ideas, keeping in mind the purpose and the intended audience. For example, they do role-plays, create posters, prepare PowerPoint presentations, and write legends, scripts, advertisements, speeches, etc.
In Grade 7, children use skills and strategies to edit their work. They create a variety of interesting sentences and use figurative language such as similes. They eliminate repetition and apply rules for spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
Children learn to reach agreement when working in groups. They evaluate their own contributions and how the group is working.
To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.
You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.
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)
Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)
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.
WHY IS CRITICAL THINKING AND CRITICAL LITERACY IMPORTANT?
Critical thinking helps students focus on developing their ability to reason, analyze, evaluate, and create in a way that expresses their thoughts, feelings and actions in a reasoned and clear manner. It includes the ability to clarify problems, determine viewpoints, and distinguish between facts, opinions, and preferences. It is necessary for students to understanding how we interact with new ideas, what we read, view and experience is as important as what these texts and ideas are. When children think critically, they ask questions, discuss ideas and opinions, and identify the message of the author or artist and why he or she is communicating it.
Critical literacy involves questioning our own viewpoints and those of others, and focusing on social and political issues. Critical literacy encourages us to recognize and state contradictions and biases. It means asking questions that challenge commonly accepted social practices, and questioning our own understanding, beliefs, assumptions, and values.
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD?
Talk to your child’s teacher and local librarians. They can provide advice about helping your child. Here are some topics you could discuss with the teacher:
Spend time with your child playing word games, writing grocery lists, birthday or everyday messages, reading stories, and watching appropriate television programs will provide him or her with many opportunities to practice reading and writing skills. As you discuss, ask lots of question, make predictions and encourage your child to tell you what he or she thinks and feels about what is going on in the story. Your child will gain insights, gather information, and learn about the world. Having discussions with your child about stories, videos, etc., are important for their learning.