Outcome Chart - Ontario - Language 5

This outcome chart contains media-related learning outcomes from the Ontario, Grade 5 Language curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Understanding Media Texts

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

  • identify the purpose and audience for a variety of media texts
  • use overt and implied messages to draw inferences and construct meaning in media texts
  • express opinions about ideas, issues, and/or experiences presented in media texts, and give evidence from the texts to support their opinions
  • explain why different audiences might respond differently to the same media text
  • identify whose point of view is presented or reflected in a media text, ask questions to identify missing or alternative points of view, and, where appropriate, suggest how a more balanced view might be represented
  • identify who produces various media texts, the reason for their production, how they are produced, and how they are funded

Lessons that meet the grade five expectations

Stay on the Path Lesson One: Searching for Treasure

Stay on the Path Lesson Two: All That Glitters is Not Gold

Stay on the Path Lesson Three: Treasure Maps

Stay on the Path Lesson Four: Scavenger Hunt

Media Minute Introduction: What is media anyway?

Media Minute Lesson 2: Media are constructions


Advertising All Around Us

Anatomy of Cool

Media Kids

Packaging Tricks

You’ve Gotta Have a Gimmick!

Elections and the Media

Junk Food Jungle

Looks Good Enough to Eat


Messages About Drinking

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Young Drinkers

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Understanding Brands

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Interpreting Media Messages

Body Image

Image Gap

Mirror Image

Prejudice and Body Image

Gender Portrayal

Comic Book Characters


Newspaper Ads

Reporter for a Day

News and Newspapers: Across the Curriculum


What Students Need to Know about Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy


Violence in Sports


Sheroes and Heroes

Villains, Heroes and Heroines

Stereotype and Bias: The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf

Stereotyping and Bias


Teaching TV: Critically Evaluating TV

Television as a Story Teller

Learning With Television

Television Techniques

Who Does What?

The Constructed World of TV Families

Taking Charge of TV Violence

Thinking About Television and Movies

TV Stereotypes

How to Analyze the News

The Broadcast Project


Freedom to Smoke

True Story

Thinking Like a Tobacco Company

Educational Games

Data Defenders

Student Tutorial (Licensed Resource)

Passport to the Internet: Student tutorial for Internet literacy (Grades 4-8)

Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

  • describe in detail the main elements  of some media forms
  • identify the conventions and techniques used in some familiar media forms and explain how they help convey meaningmeaning and influence or engage the audience

Creating Media Texts

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

  • describe in detail the topic, purpose, and audience for media texts they plan to create
  • identify an appropriate form to suit the purpose and audience for a media text they plan to create, and explain why it is an appropriate choice
  • identify conventions and techniques appropriate to the form chosen for a media text they plan to create, and explain how they will use the conventions and techniques to help communicate their message
  • produce a variety of media texts for specific purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques

Reflecting on Media Literacy Skills and Strategies

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

  • identify, with some support and direction, what strategies they found most helpful in making sense of and creating media texts, and explain how these and other strategies can help them improve as media viewers/listeners/producers
  • explain, with some support and direction, how their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing help them to make sense of and produce media texts