In this course students will be introduced to the world of writing stories, understanding stylistic devices and reading a classic work of fiction to help them better understand what makes a good story. The students will be brought through the parts of the story and learn how to write stories that include the stylistic devices that make a good story. They will also learn the grammatical rules that are imperative to good storytelling. Students will learn how to edit their own work and be exposed to a variety of story styles from flash fiction to fables. Students will be asked to complete in class writing assignments and share their writing.

Grades 1 - 3

In Core English courses for primary grades, we provide professional support for building strong foundational knowledge in phonics, word patterning, letter-sound relationships, and syntax. Students will learn to listen and speak real, purposeful talk with the support of communication strategies, explicit teaching, and modeling. Reading and writing practices are designed to accelerate competence in vocabulary and grammar for fluency.

Active learning strategies at Lorvale will help children to quickly interpret meanings, express thoughts clearly, and gain language production skills for both formal and informal audiences. With guided instruction, students will explore new ways of relaying information. They will be exposed to a variety of materials, including storytelling, printed texts (with and without pictures), letters, plays, discussions, book reports, instructions, and storyboards.

Grades 4 - 6

In Core English courses for junior students, we work together with learners to enhance their abilities and strategies to clearly and confidently speak, listen, read and write, as well as critically analyze and communicate. In alignment with and enrichment for provincial curriculum standards, students will explore a wide range of print, oral, and media texts. They will receive modeling and teaching that will prepare them to explore multiple perspectives and social justice topics for different audiences.

Students can apply their knowledge and analytic skills to overcome challenges and reach a higher proficiency in English. Print and oral texts include speeches, fiction and nonfiction, myths and legends, poetry, dramatic presentations, summaries, formal letters, media texts, and more. Students will be expected to apply teachings on language structure, patterns, themes, and vocabulary to analyze and respond with clarity and purpose.

Grades 7 - 8

The Core English courses for Grades 7-8  will engage students in developing strategies to create, analyze, and evaluate written, oral and media texts that have higher levels of complexity. With the support of clear teacher modeling and guidance, students will learn to understand, reflect upon, and critically examine challenging texts. The material is designed to incorporate a variety of contexts, multiple perspectives, and real-world relevance to achieve and excel in provincial curriculum standards.

Students will receive preparation for increased levels of confidence in communication and in making decisions on purpose and appropriate writing forms. They will receive useful tips on improving upon challenging grammar points, syntax, and vocabulary. Students will also explore themes, plots, ideas, organizational patterns, persuasive techniques, and stylistic elements applied to more formal texts such as editorials, reports, speeches, debates, satire, reviews, essays, historical literature, science fiction, and famous plays. They will also learn how to consolidate meaning for initiating responses to world and Canadian social issues for their academic needs in the future.