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The Ontario Curriculum Exemplars Grade 1-8 Writing (1999)

The Ontario Curriculum Exemplars are intended to provide a model for planning, assessing, and improving student work across Ontario. The exemplars give Ontario teachers the opportunity to view graded student work that is based on tasks that were designed with the curriculum expectations in mind and assessed according to the four levels of achievement outlined in the curriculum. The specific goals behind publishing the exemplars are: to show examples of student work at each of the four levels of achievement; to work toward consistency in assessment across the province; to demonstrate an approach to student learning that is based on clear criteria; and to highlight the links between the curriculum expectations and assessment.

Ontario Curriculum Writing Exemplars Grade 1-8

 

Read, Write, Think

Read, Write, Think is a joint venture between the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. The site provides tools for quality reading and writing instruction, web links, literacy-based activities, and lesson plans. There are also online reading and writing activities for students.

Read, Write, Think

Boys’ Literacy Links

The Ministry of Education has developed a variety of resources to support boys’ literacy in the province. At this link you can find access to videos, reports, and booklets.

Boys’ Literacy Links

Acrostic Poems

In five 50-minute lessons students work on writing acrostic poems using the theme ’All About Me and My Favourite Things’.

Acrostic Poems

Action Alphabet Book

In four 30-45 minute lessons students create an Action Alphabet Book. The lesson plans also contain a link to an online tool called the Alphabet Organizer which allows students to create an alphabet book or chart.

Action Alphabet Book

Official Berenstain Bear Site

This is the official site of the Berenstain Bears – one of the most popular collection of fictional characters for young children.

Official Berenstain Bear Site

Lesson Plan: K-2 Writing

In this lesson, entitled Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists, students engage in a meaningful writing exercise. Although the lesson suggests using food for the shopping part of the lesson small items or images of “products” can be substituted. There is also a cross-curricular connection to math since the students have a budget when they make their list. The approximate time to complete the lessons is three 50-minute periods.

Lesson Plan: K-2 Writing

Interactive Language Arts

This site provides links to dozens of interactive language arts sites containing games, activities, and stories. The links are organized into reading, writing, and media literacy sections.

Interactive Language Arts