BCTELA Grades 2-12 Writing Contest

We are pleased to announce our annual writing contest!

BCTELA 2016-2017
Voices Visible Writing Contest Rules

  1. The Voices Visible writing contest is open to all students in British Columbia from Grades 2 to 12.
  2. This contest is free to enter.
  3. Contest entries must be submitted by a BCTELA member. To become a member, please register at BCTELA.ca
  4. All entries must be received by April 30, 2017

Here’s the VV Poster 2016 2017 for your school so you can advertise!

Download the remainder of the 2017 Writing Contest Entry Form-BCTELA

We look forward to receiving submissions from all your talented students!

 

Call for Articles – Share your Practice!

English Practice Call for articles: 

In line with the BCTELA 2016 conference theme, English Practice invites you to submit teaching ideas, classroom inquiries and practice-focused research, reflective and critical narratives, poems, fiction and other arts-based renderings, as well as, book reviews for our upcoming issue.

Entitled Empowering Learners; Renewing our Practice this broadly-themed issue opens a space for exploration and conversation around all that brings a sense of empowerment, vitality, agency and deeper purpose to the learning and teaching of English Language Arts.

Questions to consider might include:

What does empowerment mean and look like for students?  What role does language, literacy and/or literature have in student empowerment? How do I nurture a sense agency in my students? How might I use texts and/or literature to help students understand themes of power and agency? How do I maintain vitality and feel empowered as a teacher?

We have four sections to assist you in preparing and submitting your writing:

  • Teaching Ideas (classroom lessons and strategies)
  • Investigating our Practice (teacher inquiry)
  • Salon (Literary & arts-based pieces)
  • Check this Out (book reviews)

Deadline: March 15th, 2017. Anticipated publication Summer 2017. 

Editors: Sara Florence Davidson and Ashley Cail

More detail can be found by following this link.

Please send your queries and completed submissions to:

englishpracticejournal@gmail.com

Please see this page for our guidelines for submission. 

See our previous journal, Fall 2016 Story and the Landscapes of Learning for inspiration!

Proposed ELA 10-12 Curriculum Structure

Proposal for English Language Arts Grades 10-12 Curriculum

via Ben Pare

Context

As with Grades K-9, the redesigned Grades 10-12 curriculum will support both disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning, encourage locally-developed curriculum, as well as enable a variety of learning environments and school and classroom configurations. This flexibility supports teachers and students wanting to organize learning through interdisciplinary inquiries that focus on project-based learning, problem-based learning, or learning through design. Central features of the 10-12 curriculum include the following:

  • Core competencies remain central to BC’s redesigned curriculum framework and apply from Kindergarten through to graduation.
  • Curriculum in Grades 10-12 maintains the same structure as in Grades K-9, including Big Ideas, Curricular Competencies, and Content.
  • Grades 10-12 provincial curricula consist of both core curriculum (curriculum that all students are required to study) and optional curriculum (curricular options that students may choose from).

It is proposed that there be two curricula within the Graduation English program: English 10-12 and English First Peoples 10-12. These two curricula are academically equivalent, and both are accepted for entrance to post-secondary education. It is also proposed that Communications 11/12 curriculum and the Communications 12 examination be discontinued as of September 2017.

The following is a draft of the redesigned curriculum for English Language Arts (ELA) 10-12. Your feedback on this draft is encouraged.

ELA 10-12 Proposed Curriculum structure.

We welcome your feedback.

  • What do you like about the draft? Please comment on the core and optional curricula.
  • What do you think should be improved? Please comment on the core and optional curricula.
  • Does the core curriculum require anything further to meet the needs of students graduating from BC schools? Please provide details.

You can find a feedback link here on the 10-12 Draft Curriculum site.