Language Arts 

Grade 6

This course exposes students to a wide variety of literature and literary genres. Short stories, poetry, plays, novels, and media works are analyzed. Topics include: oral presentations and formal debates, typing and Internet skills, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, creative writing, and ongoing spelling and grammar mastery. The language arts strands of reading, writing, and oral communication are equally weighted in this course.

Grade 7

This course provides extensive opportunities for the student to explore various literary genres, poetic styles, writing conventions, and dramatic forms. Themes covered include adventure, survival, fantasy/science fiction, recognizing bias (fact versus opinion), prejudice, civil rights/responsibilities, and tolerance. Ethics and character development are also introduced. After fundamental writing and editing strategies are reviewed, the focus is on developing competencies in complex sentence, paragraph, report, letter, creative, journal, and essay writing. By the end of the year, with each student’s improved oral, reading, and writing skills, he should be well on his way to becoming a far more effective, thoughtful, and even influential communicator.

Grade 8

This course provides extensive opportunities for the student to explore various literary genres, poetic styles, writing conventions, media works, and dramatic forms. The ability to recognize and effectively respond to bias (fact versus opinion), prejudice, and tolerance will be addressed. Ethics and character development are explored beyond that which is introduced in the grade 7 program. After fundamental writing and editing strategies are reviewed, the focus is on developing competencies in complex sentence, paragraph, report, letter, creative, and journal writing. By the end of the year, with each student’s improved oral, reading, and writing skills, he should be well on his way to becoming a far more effective, thoughtful, and even influential communicator.
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 3H7 Canada
Tel: 905-727-3178