Understanding the English Curriculum – Reading and Literature Studies

In keeping with the focus on the revised Ontario English curriculum (2007) http://wp.me/pT6KW-4j, what follows is a description and explanation of the “Reading and Literature Studies” strand.

According to the ministry documents, the English program is designed to foster in students an ability to read efficiently and to absorb information quickly.  By building on the knowledge and skills that are acquired in elementary school, the revised curriculum enables students to become effective readers; students will have the ability to understand ideas communicated in a text as well as the ability to apply these ideas in new contexts. Students will learn to think clearly, creatively and critically about the ideas and information communicated in texts in order to understand, analyze and absorb them.

The Reading and Literature Studies strand encourages students to become critical readers who are familiar with the characteristic elements of different forms of texts. Students will develop an understanding that reading is a process of constructing meaning from the given text; they will be equipped with the tools necessary to understand and appreciate what they read.

In terms of the overall expectations for all levels of compulsory English courses, the strand for Reading and Literature Studies requires that students will:

  1. 1.      Reading for Meaning: read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning
  2. 2.    Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning
  3. 3.    Reading With Fluency: use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently

Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.


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