Curriculum Connections

Saskatchewan Reads


“The K-12 aim of the Saskatchewan English language arts curricula is to help students understand and appreciate language, and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for learning, communication, work, life and personal satisfaction.” (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, 2010a, p. 5)


The starting point for improving Saskatchewan students’ reading literacy is the Saskatchewan language arts curricula.

An Effective English Language Arts Program:

• provides meaningful contexts that address “big ideas” and questions for deeper understanding;
• focuses on grade-specific outcomes to achieve the K-12 aim and goals of the program;
• focuses on language and helps students understand how it works;
• teaches students through powerful cognitive and communication strategies;
• includes a range of texts (oral, print, and other media); and
• encourages student inquiry, social responsibility, and self-reflection.
(Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, 2010b, p. 1)

All choices for assessment and instruction begin with a solid understanding of curricular expectations, including the infusion of First Nations and Métis content and perspectives.

Reading is the focus of this support document, Saskatchewan Reads. The provincial English language arts curricula provide details regarding the interconnection of all the language arts goals and outcomes in supporting students’ reading literacy.

For the purposes of this ESSP work, the curricular reading expectations for grades 1, 2 and 3 are included in Appendix A.

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