Skills - Content

Brief Explanation

  • According to Alberta Education, the following should be considered:

Clearly Identified Key Outcomes

Use your programs of study for curriculum outcomes related to content

Please refer to CESD’s Essential Outcomes work if you are using the previous Alberta Curriculum (Grade 7+).

Here is the New Alberta ELAL Curriculum, from the New Learn Alberta website, laid out like a scope and sequence.

Purposeful Instructional Strategies

    • Develop stamina – write for increasingly longer periods of time
    • Develop a process of ongoing revising (ideas, concepts, voice) and editing (conventions).
    • Continue research of topic to fill in gaps
    • Writing Process is in place (Planning, drafting, writing, editing, revising)
    • Teacher modelling of strategies and skills
    • Mini lessons being taught according to need
    • Ongoing conferencing – with teacher and with peers (with guidelines)
    • Sharing written work on a daily basis, both ideas, partially written work, completed assignments and form presentations
    • Teach students how to critique each other for constructive feedback
    • Elaborating important details or events by “show not tell”, moment by moment action, dialogue, etc.
    • Use a grade level editing checklist
    • Share with others – writing is a social activity
    • Goal setting with the teacher
    • Revisit previously written pieces – help students see that writing can always be edited, revised and refined

Personalization of Learning

  • Remove barriers by using word walls/word lists, assistive technology, personal dictionary, scribe, graphic organizers, etc.
  • Allow for choice – choice of topics increases student engage and interest in writing: students should write on topics that are personally meaningful to them
  • Individualized goals and expectations: focus on one area at a time to avoid overwhelming students