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Letter: English Language Arts IRP 8-12

December 20, 2007
Gail Hughes-Adams, English Language Arts Co-ordinator, Content and Achievement Standards Unit, Ministry of Education
P.O. Box 9183 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9H9

Dear Ms. Hughes-Adams,

The new English Language Arts 8-12 IRP represents a dramatic departure from the previous 1995 IRP. The extent of the change is no doubt a reflection that concepts of literacy have evolved significantly over the intervening dozen years. While there is much to admire and applaud with this draft IRP in terms of promoting concepts such as an “apprenticeship model of instruction” and an “expanded definition of text,” the practical measures needed to translate the many innovative instructional practices into everyday classroom reality are nowhere in sight. (more…)

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