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How to Use These Resources

TVO Learn is designed to meet each student where they are on their learning journey. Learning Activities are comprehensive and require guided instruction from an adult, while Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts and Vocabulary lists work well to reinforce specific skills or to enable independent exploration of a subject. Use these helpful tips to get the most from TVO Learn.

Curriculum Overview

Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.

In grade 8, students are encouraged to explore issues related to personal identity and community concerns as they interact with increasingly complex and challenging texts. Students are asked to critically analyse and evaluate perspectives in texts and the influence of media on their lives. They are asked to write about and discuss topics of relevance that matter in their daily lives. In the language expectations the use of knowledge, skills, and strategies are used to facilitate learning in other subjects areas as a tool to help students understand real world applications in order to participate in society.

The language curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Media Literacy

Interested in learning more? View Curriculum PDF
For French resources, please visit idello.org

Learning Activities

Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.

Please note: To access the learning activities, visit this page with a computer or tablet.

Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

Complete the suggested activities using these resources and other TVO resources.

Apply the Learning

Choose from the following to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.

  • Create a poster for a "knock-off" of a popular product. How can you take it and reinvent it?
  • Identify the topic, purpose, and audience in one of these articles or videos on dance and how movement relates to language.
  • Pick one of the people interviewed in the videos. Devise five questions you would ask them to learn more about their experiences.
  • List three music artists that you like and explain why/how they have had an impact on you.
  • Use a graphic organizer to state the main idea, supporting arguments, and the author’s purpose and point of view.
  • Create your own definitions for 20 of the words in the vocabulary list.
  • Organize one of the topics into a KWL chart.
  • Compare and appraise media techniques used within the articles and videos in a graphic organizer.
  • Create a word cloud of high-frequency words using notes from throughout your observations on debates.

Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

audience

blog

comprehension

concept map

conventions

critical literacy

critical thinking

culture

diversity

editing

elements of text

graphic novel

homonym

homophone

hyperbole

hyperlink

idiom

imagery

inclusive language

inferring

irony

media

metacognition

paraphrase

point of view

revising

stereotype

storyboard

summarizing

synonym

syntax

synthesis

text

voice

webcast

web page

webquest

website

zine

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