This is my latest attempt at organizing the grade 8 Ontario FSL curriculum's expectations into units that make sense. I try to develop my long-range plans into a one-page, "year-at-a-glance" type of document. I more or less succeeded in this case, since the resulting documents are ledger-sized. I'm a big fan of the following quote when it comes to long-range plans.
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
That sort of summarizes how I expect these long-range plans to work this year. These documents are both very much works-in-progress, and have likely changed repeatedly by the time you read this. Feel free to modify them to your needs, and let me know if you have any suggestions or if you see any glaring omissions.
Grouping the Ontario Grade 8 French as a Second Language Expectations
The first thing I did was to try to find the expectations that looked similar between the four strands (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Most of the expectations aligned nicely, but some didn't match up.
Next, I tried to find a theme that bound the whole set of expectations together. In this case, I called the units "Fiction: Analyzing Narrative Text Patterns", "Media Texts: Evaluating Texts", "Non-Fiction: Summarizing Important Ideas While Reading", and "Poetry and Song: Making Connections".
Finally, as I go through the process of teaching these units, I will have a chance to readjust the titles, and to see if any of the expectations should be moved around.
Download for Excel (modifiable): 2016-06-30 Grade 8 FSL Curriculum Expectations Grouping Download as PDF (ready for print): 2016-06-30 Grade 8 FSL Curriculum Expectations Grouping
Ontario Grade 8 FSL Year-at-a-Glance
Here is my formalized version of the grouped expectations. I've broken them down into the following periods and units.
- September - November: "Fiction : Analyzing Narrative Text Pattern"
- December - January: "Evaluating Texts"
- February - March: "Summarizing Important Ideas While Reading"
- April – June: "Making Connections"
- Full Year: "Synthesizing and Making Inferences"
Each unit hits on group expectations for each of the four strands, in the order I'll be doing them: (C) Reading, (D), Writing, (B) Speaking, and (A) Listening. On top of that, I've added « Les études grammatiques » ("Grammar Talks"), which are analogous to Number Talks in the sense that I'm planning on putting problems on the board and have students analyze possible solutions.
Or just click on the following image to enlarge (though the quality is vastly better in the above two files).