NEW 2023 Ontario Language - Grade 5 - Composition

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New Ontario 2023 Language Curriculum – Composition: Expressing Ideas and Creating Texts Strand. This resource covers all expectations and learning goals in the Grade 5, 2023 Ontario Language Curriculum – Composition: Expressing Ideas and Creating Texts Strand.

There are 304 activity sheets that are aligned to cover all expectations in the NEW Ontario 2023 Language Curriculum. Included are 10 blocks of content, each covering a different text form. Within each block, the overall and specific expectations are met.

This is a language program developed by a language teacher. We have included exemplars for students to formulate success criteria so they can improve their writing quality. Moreover, we’ve chunked the progressions involved with producing quality writing to ensure all students can progress.

Included in this unit are the overall expectations:

D1. Developing Ideas and Organizing Content: hands-on activities, group work, and many independent work opportunities to develop these skills

D2. Creating Texts – 13 different assignments with planning pages included to scaffold student learning

D3. Publishing, Presenting, and Reflecting – group work revision activities, success criteria, and rubrics as well as opportunities for students to present and reflect on their work.

We have also covered Strand A in Language - Literacy Connections and Applications. We have included curriculum connections for all our activities, so you can see exactly what you will be covering by completing each activity. We know this will help you when writing report cards!

Some of the concepts covered:

  • Types of text forms – when to use each one (narratives, letters/emails, persuasive, comic strips, reports, etc.)
  • Experiment – writing with planning time versus writing without planning time (no brainstorming)
  • Activity – creating “Secret Agent” notes
  • Personal voice in writing
  • How to write a paragraph – topic sentence (hook), body, conclusion
  • Formal versus informal letter writing – voice in our writing
  • Purpose and audience in letter writing – effect on our voice
  • Narrative writing – beginning, middle, end
  • Analyzing quality stories – building success criteria
  • Using quotations in our narratives – dialogue
  • Activity – Story Swap Revision Party
  • Understanding persuasive writing
  • Activity – creating a persuasive poster
  • Understanding bias in persuasive writing
  • Assignment – advertising a new invention
  • Confirmation bias in persuasive writing
  • Report writing – a quick guide
  • Writing reports – using the facts provided to organize a report
  • How to research effectively
  • Activity – Online Treasure Hunt
  • Report Writing – writing strong introductions and conclusions
  • Report – coherence in report writing: why diversity in schools is important
  • Types of poems – Haiku, Limerick, rhyming poems
  • Assignment – writing a poetry children’s book
  • Activity – rhyme time analysis
  • Cursive writing – Limerick
  • Examining and removing bias in reviews
  • Practicing summaries in book review writing
  • Publishing a book review
  • Comic strips – onomatopoeia and illustrating graphic texts
  • Assignment - creating an online comic strip
  • Biographies – cross curricular connections: Hippocrates (human body). Einstein, and Chief Pontiac
  • How to cite where we find research – bibliography
  • Cursive writing practice pages (PDF only)
  • Answer pages for all activities


This is a comprehensive unit that will save you hours of planning! It has everything you need to feel confident that you are covering the NEW Ontario Language curriculum.