English (August – September 2015)

For the first Unit of Inquiry, (How We Organise Ourselves) we will discuss our own goals and how to be successful as a SVP”s student. We will work to demonstrate an own point of view and respect the views of others by arguing, explaining and discussing the writing of persuasive texts.

At the same time, the students will continue to develop their own personal reading preferences by selecting books based on their needs and interests. The students will also be guided to efficiently use a range of strategies to self-monitor and self-correct themselves when they read. Throughout this school year, they will use a journal to share stories, ideas, feelings or questions related to different subjects or discoveries. To become efficient writers, the students will continue to learn how to use graphic organisers, use a range of specific vocabulary and forms of grammar in different situations and they will be guided to use different techniques to improve their writing.

Writing

  • Write independently and with confidence, developing a personal voice as a writer
  • Organise ideas in a logical sequence (paragraphs)
  • Reread, edit and review (check content, language, organisation, punctuation, variety of sentences, spelling and presentation)
  • Work cooperatively with a partner to discuss and improve
  • Use appropriate punctuation to support meaning
  • Select vocabulary and supporting details to achieve desired effects (to persuade, to explain)

Reading

  • Read a variety of books for pleasure, instruction and information; reflects regularly on reading and set future goals
  • Know how to skim and scan texts to decide whether they will be useful
  • Understand and respond to the ideas, feelings and attitudes expressed in various texts
  • Access information from a variety of texts both in print and online, for example newspapers, magazines, journals, graphic books, e-books, blogs, wikis

Speaking and Listening

  • Listen reflectively, appreciably and responsively
  • Identify and expand on main ideas in familiar oral texts
  • Demonstrate an understanding, present an own point of view and respecting the views of others
  • Argue persuasively and defend a point of view
  • Explain and discuss the writing with peers and adults
  • Use a range of specific vocabulary and forms of grammar in different situations, indicating an awareness that language is influenced by purpose, audience and context
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