Outcome Chart - Ontario - Language 8

This outcome chart contains media-related learning outcomes from the Ontario, Grade 8 Language curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Understanding Media Texts

By the end of Grade 8, students will:

  • explain how a variety of media texts address their intended purpose and audience
  • interpret increasingly complex media texts, using overt and implied messages as evidence for their interpretations
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the presentation and treatment of ideas, information, themes, opinions, issues, and/or experiences in media texts
  • explain why different audiences might have different responses to a variety of media texts
  • demonstrate understanding that different media texts reflect different points of view and that some texts reflect multiple points of view
  • identify who produces various media texts and determine the commercial, ideological, political, cultural, and/or artistic interests or perspectives that the texts may involve

Lessons that meet the grade eight expectations

Media Minute Lesson 3: Audiences negotiate meaning

Media Minute Lesson 4: Media have commercial implications

Media Minute Lesson 5: Media have social and political implications

Cyberbullying and Civic Participation

Cyberbullying and the Law

Understanding Cyberbullying : Virtual vs. Physical Worlds

Promoting Ethical Behaviour Online: Our Values and Ethics

That’s Not Cool

Put Your Best Face Forward


Selling Obesity

Scientific Detectives

Sports Personalities in Magazine Advertising

Create a Youth Consumer Magazine


Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Young Drinkers

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Understanding Brands

Kids, Alcohol and Advertising: Interpreting Media Messages

Who’s on First?  Alcohol Advertising and Sports

Alcohol Myths

Gender Messages in Alcohol Advertising


ICYouSee: A Lesson in Critical Thinking

Deconstructing Web Pages


Looking Through the Lenses

Whose Lenses? How Mass Media Portray Global Development

Adjusting the Focus

News Journalism Across the Media:


Definitions and Comments about the News

The Newspaper Front Page

Radio News

Summative Activities


You Be the Editor

Bias in the News

Writing a Newspaper Article


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

Online Marketing to Kids: Protecting Your Privacy

Who Knows? Your Privacy in the Information Age

Privacy and Internet Life


Exposing Gender Stereotypes

Female Action Heroes

The Girl in the Mirror


The Broadcast Project

Cop Shows

Cinema Cops

Video Production of a Newscast


Thinking Like a Tobacco Company: Grades 7–9

True Story

Freedom to Smoke

Gender and Tobacco

Tobacco Labels

Video Games

Video Games

Violence and Video Games

Educational Games

Allies and Aliens: Interactive module on online hate

Click if You Agree

The Target is You!: Alcohol advertising quiz

Student Tutorial (Licensed Resource)

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

A Day in the Life of the Jos

MyWorld: A digital literacy tutorial for secondary students

Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques

By the end of Grade 8, students will:

  • explain how individual elements of various media forms combine to create, reinforce, and/or enhance meaning
  • identify the conventions and techniques used in some familiar media forms and explain how they help convey meaning and influence or engage the audience

Creating Media Texts

By the end of Grade 8, students will:

  • explain why they have chosen the topic for a media text they plan to create and identify challenges they may face in engaging and/or influencing their audience
  • identify an appropriate form to suit the specific 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 8, students will:

  • identify 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 how their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing help them to make sense of and produce media texts