Outcome Chart - Nova Scotia - English Language Arts Grade 7

Listening and Speaking

GCO 1: Use oral language to learn

  1. invite others to participate in discussions and think about what other people have said during a discussion
  2. ask questions of others in order to clarify and get more information
  3. answer questions asked by others in order to clarify or give more information
  4. state a point of view and support it with explanations, reasoning, or personal examples
  5. listen to others closely and identify the main ideas and details of their message

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GCO 2: communicate using clear oral communication

2.1 contribute to small-group and whole-class discussions using a variety of strategies for effective talk

2.2 realize that how we communicate (vocabulary, sentence structure, speed, tone) is influenced by communication with others

2.3 give instructions and follow instructions 2.4 respond appropriately to instructions, directions, and questions

2.5 consider the effectiveness of a speaker based on his or her talk

2.6 identify verbal and non-verbal cues speakers use (repetition, volume and eye contact)

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GCO 3: interact with sensitivity and respect

3.1 demonstrate active listening (eye contact, rephrasing, clarifying, extending, refining, and summarizing)

3.2 show respect and sensitivity toward others and their differences when giving personal opinions

3.3 recognize that our values, attitudes, biases, beliefs, and prejudices are reflected in our spoken language

3.4 understand how language is used to influence and manipulate

3.5 recognize that different situations require different conventions (questioning techniques, persuasive talk, formal language)

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Reading and Viewing

GCO 4: read widely and with understanding

  1. select texts that meet needs and interests
  2. read a variety of texts including fiction and literature, non-fiction, and media texts from different provinces and countries.
  3. show an awareness of how authors use text features to create meaning
  4. use text features to construct meaning and understand the text
  5. develop independence in using the cueing systems to enhance fluency and make meaning from increasingly complex text
  6. develop independence in the use of a range of reading strategies (predicting, connecting, questioning, inferring) to make meaning from complex print and media texts
  7. identify and discuss the kinds of strategies good readers and viewers use
  8. recognize and explain personal processes and strategies for reading various texts

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GCO 5: conduct research

5.1 identify relevant or interesting topics or questions for further study

5.2 recognize the need for additional information to meet learning needs

5.3 locate information from a variety of print and non-print sources

5.4 develop approaches and strategies for conducting research (questioning, narrowing topic, webbing, note-making, drafting, using organizers)

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GCO 6: respond personally

6.1 give initial response, orally or in writing, to what is read or viewed

6.2 support personal response to the issues, themes, and situations within texts by giving personal examples and citing evidence from the text

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GCO 7: read critically

7.1 recognize that print and media texts can be biased

7.2 begin to question the relevance and reliability of the content presented

7.3 begin to recognize the tools authors use in their writing to achieve different purposes (organization of information, language choice, use of time, imagery)

7.4 identify, describe, and discuss the impact that text form, content, and structure have on meaning

7.5 understand that values and personal experiences influence understanding and critical response

7.6 explore culture and reality as portrayed in media text

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Writing and Representing

GCO 8: use many kinds of writing to think and learn

8.1 experiment with a number of strategies as a language learner, such as brainstorming, sketching, and free-writing

8.2 write to extend, explore, and reflect

8.3 reflect on the writing strategies that help them learn and describe their personal growth as language learners.

8.4 understand the purpose and benefits of note-making and the forms of note-making

8.5 integrate interesting effects in their writing (feelings and thoughts, detail, correct inconsistency, avoid extraneous detail, language choice, vocabulary, and phrasing)

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GCO 9: create a variety of texts

9.1 produce a range of writing forms (stories, cartoons, journals, business letters, speeches, reports, interviews, messages, poems, ads) 9.2 understand that what is written and how it is written must fit the audience and the purpose for writing

9.3 understand that ideas can be represented in more than one way and experiment with many forms

9.4 ask for feedback about writing and apply it to future drafts

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GCO 10: produce clear and effective writing and other representations

10.1 use spelling conventions for familiar words and attempt difficult words; check for correctness; use standard punctuation, grammar, variety of sentences, vocabulary, and paragraph structures

10.2 begin to use specific strategies for creating texts, including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and presenting

10.3 use various technologies for the purpose of communicating (video, email, word processing, audiotape, Internet)

10.4 demonstrate a commitment to crafting writing and other representations

10.5 collect and combine information from several sources (interview, film, CD, text)

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