Unit Plan: Imagine!
Creative Writing

English Language Arts / Grade 4-5

Big Ideas

English Language Arts 4-5

  • Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.

Visual Arts 4-5

  • Creative expression is a means to explore and share one’s identity within a community.
  • Engaging in creative expression and experiences expands people’s sense of identity and belonging.


  • Creativity
  • Imagination
Essential Questions

Students will keep considering…

  • How can I express my creative ideas effectively in oral and written language?
Evaluative Criteria

Formative Assessment

  • Participation in classroom activities: reading circles, listening to peers, reading stories, etc.
  • Planning and drafts of story writing : editing and revising
  • Journaling: students write weekly journals and choose one to hand in
  • Teacher observation in class

Summative Assessment

  • Creative story: “What happens on your perfect day”?
  • Storytelling: share story out loud with the class
  • Journaling: students hand in one journal assignment (they choose the best from the unit)
Monitoring Progress

Teacher will monitor progress:
Teachers can monitor progress through ongoing formative assessment including but not limited to:

  • N/A


  • Imagine by Bart Vivian
  • Imagine a Day by Rob Gonsalves and Sarah L. Thomson
  • Imagine a Place by Rob Gonsalves and Sarah L. Thomson
  • Imagine a Night by Rob Gonsalves and Sarah L. Thomson

How will teachers and their students reflect on and evaluate the completed project?

Teacher Reflection

  • What aspects of the unit went well?
  • What did students struggle with?
  • What did you struggle with?
  • What would you add/revise the next time you taught this unit?
  • Were there any unintended outcomes?
  • Were students engaged?

Stage 2 – Evidence

Authentic Performance Tasks

AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE TASK: Assessing for Understanding
Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding by:

Creating a class book, modeled on Imagine a Place by Sarah Thomson and Rob Gonsalves

By writing and creating art for one page of the book

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What is a GRASPS task?

> No GRASPS available for this Unit Plan

Other Evidence

OTHER EVIDENCE: Assessing for Knowledge and Skills
Students will show they have acquired Stage 1 knowledge and skills by:


The following resources are made available through the British Columbia Ministry of Education. For more information, please visit BC’s New Curriculum.


Big Ideas

The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.

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Core Competencies

orangecommunicationCommunications Competency

The set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media

bluethinkingThinking Competency

The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development

greensocialSocial Competency

The set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society

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Curricular Competencies & Content

Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.

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Additional Resources

First People's Principles of Learning

To read more about First People’s Principles of Learning, please click here.

For classroom resources, please visit the First Nations Education Steering Committee.