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English Language Arts


English Language Arts (ELA) is an integrated subject that includes reading, literary study, communication arts, and creative writing.  

Our ELA Framework in Manitoba aims to develop learners who can:
  • Make Sense 

    • Use their growing understanding and strategies to make sense of a variety of texts 
  • Apply Conventions

    • Understand and apply rules and conventions of language and texts 
  • Explore and Design

    • Use language to study, research, design, and solve problems 
  • Think Critically

    • Think critically about the way language and texts are balanced and ethical, and use language to express perspectives and act.

The classroom approach teachers use in English language arts is to build on student strengths with these four language practices by providing opportunities to read, communicate, and collaborate in context. Students explore both literary and non-fiction texts in multiple forms, including books, electronic texts, and visual texts. 

English language arts courses emphasize assessment for learning, making certain that goals and criteria are clear, specific feedback is frequent, and students regularly reflect on their growth and progress. Summative assessment is conducted with a set of expectations outlined in grade bands K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. On report cards in K-8, teachers assess students in three categories that include comprehension, communication, and critical thinking. 

Carrie Lourenzo 
English Language Arts Consultant (Grades K-6) 
e-mail: clourenzo@wsd1.org 
VOIP: 193 315 

Warren Nickerson 
English Language Arts Consultant (Grades 7-12) 
e-mail: wnickerson@wsd1.org 
VOIP: 193 314 


Professional Staff Support Services 
c/o Room 20, Second Floor, 
Rockwood School 
350 Rockwood Street 
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3C5 

Phone: 204.478.8548 


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