Instructional Links


Developing literacy skills and instilling a love of reading are a high priority for YK1. From the Early Literacy programs in Kindergarten through to Grade 12, there is a strong focus on communication and understanding the world.

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 follow the NWT English or French Language Arts curriculum, while those in Grades 7 - 12 use the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol English or French Language Arts Framework. These documents are available online at

Primary students (Kindergarten to Grade 3) listen to lots of stories and storytelling. They learn to match oral language to print, to "crack the code" of letters and sounds, and to make meaning when they are reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing.

Students learn to communicate in many different ways and connect their new learning to prior experiences and understanding. Teachers use Guided Reading strategies to address instructional needs on the learning continuum, as well as reading and writing workshops to give students choice and ownership in their learning.

Elementary and Middle Years students (Grades 4 - 8) consolidate their skills for figuring out new words, and continue to build strategies that help them make sense of what they read, hear and watch. These students also expand the kinds of writing, speaking and representing they do and focus more on 'crafting their work' to make it clear and understandable as they learn to use conventions correctly. Teachers use literature circles and reading and writing workshop to expand students' choice and foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for their own learning.

High School students (Grades 9 - 12) focus on understanding more complicated non-fiction material, and writing non-fiction text. They hone their writing conventions, experiment with many different ways to share information through speaking and representing as they read, watch and view an ever-widening variety of text styles and genres. By the end of high school, students are ready to communicate in a vast assortment of situations, including the work force, college or university, traveling or trade school.

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 uses a program called Project CRISS with middle years and high school students to help those students build strategies for comprehending content-area text books. This program is very beneficial and helps students make sense of their reading in diverse subject areas beyond Language Arts. Students develop strong study and learning skills that will benefit them far beyond their years in school.

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Unsure of a few words in your math textbook? Check out the Mathematics Glossary: English or French

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French Immersion:

CPF Magazine:

How bilingualism affects children's beliefs:

Second Language Pedagogy:

How Smartphone Apps are Revolutionizing Language Learning:

Bilingual Learning:

Intensive/Post-Intensive French:

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