Language Arts

Ministry of Education
Gr 8 LA outcomes/indicators

Saskatoon Public Schools places significant emphasis on literacy skills. LA consists of six strands; reading, writing, listening, speaking, interpreting, representing. Each day, one or more of them is addressed. Ongoing efforts to improve literacy skills this year will include:

  • formal reading assessments

  • specific instruction for reading strategies

  • scheduled reading periods

  • stories and novels read by me with response activities

  • instruction and practice of various writing techniques such as the newspaper format, short essay, letter and poetry

Reading Requirements and Lists

Our classroom has a reading requirement. Choice reading plays a large role in the assigned work throughout the year. For the most part, students choose their own books with communicated expectations for level and content. Completed books are recorded in a log kept in the classroom. A sample version is linked below. A log update will be due about every three weeks, usually on a Friday. In class reading time is offered at least once, sometimes twice a week. Regular visits to Alice Turner Library are planned to support reading.

Current Focus - Narrative Writing and Reading Assessments

We're embarking on an activity where students work to build a narrative. We begin the series with some smaller activities building to a full composition.

Meanwhile, some division required assessments are scheduled.