16 Jan. 2017
Students at the Golden Learning Centre are continually improving their writing skills on a daily basis. Writing is a complex process: students need to express their ideas, organize them in a way that makes sense to a reader, is easy to understand, and persuade the reader to understand their point of view. These skills apply to a wide range of writing forms such as reports: letters, procedures and persuasive arguments, etc. Students also need to revise their pieces of writing and polish their finished work for an audience, which means moving from inventive spelling to conventional spelling and incorporate correct punctuation and grammar. Reflecting on their own strengths and next steps as writers, helps students improve their writing abilities.
There are four overall expectations in the Ontario Language Curriculum for writing:
1. generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
2. draft and revise their writing, using a variety of informational, literary, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience;
3. use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively;
4. reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process.