Instructional Samples

These instructional samples show how teachers from across the province have interpreted the redesigned BC Curriculum to plan learning experiences for their students.

The committee that selected these materials recognizes that each district, school, and classroom has its own unique characteristics that should be considered in planning.

Each sample identifies clear connections to the Big Ideas, Learning Standards, and Core Competencies. First Peoples Principles of Learning and content are included in some samples.

Many of the samples make cross-curricular connections, offer choice for students and teachers, explore multiple entry points and adaptations, provide assessment ideas, and include samples of student work. Some also show how teachers have made explicit connections to the curriculum through cycles of thinking, planning, and reflection.

This learning experience encourages students to reflect on who they are as writers, establish personal goals based on that reflection, and engage in a revision process that nurtures their personal growth. Students are encouraged to create personal writing plans that establish goals and concrete actions for how they can grow their proficiency in creative writing. They do this by reading, revising, and reflecting on their own and others’ work.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Discover the five, 2-credit option courses available to Grade 10 students and how schools are offering the courses in a variety of implementation models.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts

This instructional sample describes a design challenge for building and programming a robot for Electronics and Robotics 10. Students will design, build, and program an autonomous supply robot that will transport firefighting materials to a supply drop zone near a forest fire.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
This video discusses the redesigned course structure of the ELA curriculum and the inclusion of the Core Competencies and student choice.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts
What are the choices for students in Grades 10-12? Learn about the purpose of the 2-credit course options in Grade 10, the common curricular competencies across each of the ELA courses, and the required Grade 12 English/EFP course.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Storytelling is integral to the English First Peoples curriculum. This unit helps to build an understanding of, and comfort with, the idea of stories, listening to stories, and telling stories. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Cross-Curricular: 
English First Peoples
For years I have been inviting students to share their stories through various writing assignments in the class, and I always try to connect students’ worlds with those they encounter in literature. Memoir writing is a powerful medium through which students can reflect on and share moments that have shaped who they are.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Cross-Curricular: 
Creative Writing
New Media

In this lesson, students will create a personally meaningful gargoyle that explores our identities, using ceramics techniques.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
Arts Education
Go beyond the course titles and learn how to present course offerings to students to help them make informed course selections.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Are you a non-Indigenous educator who teaches or would like to teach EFP? This video speaks to the supports and resources available to educators and the opportunities for non-Indigenous educators to teach EFP.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Discover the richness of EFP, and its accessibility to all students – Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, the importance of authentic First Peoples texts, and how the First Peoples Principles of Learning are included in EFP courses. This video explains how the academic rigour in EFP is equal to that of the English courses.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts
This video explores how mixed learning environments can create confidence in the classroom. What does an inclusive learning environment look like in terms of texts and student interests?
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts

This activity uses a place-based approach to investigate the Science curriculum at the grade 10 level. Students will investigate potential and kinetic energy concepts from events that take place in the natural environments of their communities.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Science
This unit uses diverse written and visual texts to help students understand aspects of who they are by exploring other people’s experiences and perspectives. Students have opportunities to understand how they’re connected to the land and to consider their sense of place. Students analyze and synthesize written and visual texts to inform and inspire the creation of their own written and visual texts.
File(s): 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Cross-Curricular: 
Social Studies
Arts Education

This lesson encourages self-reflection and community building. Using a 4x6 canvas tile, students are challenged to visually depict a profound or defining moment in their lives. Individually, each tile tells a personal story and highlights how we are unique and special. Collectively, the tiles speak to our diverse culture, describe our connections with others, and reveal our similarities and differences.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Arts Education
What are the core principles of inclusion? Learn what an inclusive classroom looks like for ELA and what it means for students with diverse learning needs. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts

By using two different voices, Two Voice Poems are written to offer two different perspectives or points of view. Two Voice Poems are useful in highlighting how people can look at the same issue (a war, a law or rule, policy or international agreement, an election, a migration, etc.) and come away with contrasting views and beliefs, depending on their perspective and experiences. This task will assist students in practicing and understanding historical perspective.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Social Studies