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Turning Points is a program designed to encourage students to:                              
  • write a personal narrative focusing on an important event in their lives and articulate the impact the event has had on their development
  • employ the writing process
  • read, write and think about their fundamental values
  • engage in self-reflection
  • have the opportunity to submit their work for consideration for publication in an anthology and be given an award at a Celebration of Student Success
Teachers register online, develop and implement the program to suit the needs of their class, with suggestions from the Turning Points Resource Guide. They can also refer to the Anthology of Student Work for exemplars.
Students write, revise and edit personal narratives through the writing process, submit student writing on-line and are invited to attend the Student Success Celebration if they are notified that their work is to receive an award.
Implementation of the Turning Points program correlates directly with provincial curricula for literacy and other subjects that include religious studies and health and well-being. Teachers are able to provide students with a framework for the writing of a personal narrative and to take the students through the writing process to publication. Activities are designed to create a positive classroom environment to encourage students to discuss and think critically about personal issues and values.
Students have the opportunity to write for an authentic purpose since they are eligible to submit their work for publication. The essay, a personal narrative, focusses on a challenge and or problem that they must solve (a turning point)  as well as the self-reflection and resilience they call upon to demonstrate the impact that the turning point has had on their lives. Students also are able to discuss, examine and understand themselves and their classmates in a positive classroom environment.
Yes. The program is offered to students in English, French and French as a Second Language programs.
Turning Points is offered to students in grades 6-12.
There is no cost to participate in the program.
Teachers are required to register online at www.thelearningpartnership.ca/programs/turning-points/register. Registration usually takes place in the fall, however teacher registrations can be accepted into the winter term. Once teachers have registered, they are able to access resources and program information including deadlines and program contacts specific to their region.
Yes, the Spring essay deadline will be announced in early 2021.
Yes. Teachers who have registered for the program are able to access the Teacher’s Resource guide on line. The guide provides teachers with a number of classroom activities, suggested mini-lessons focussing on writing skills as well as information regarding assessment and evaluation strategies and tools.
Resources include the Teacher’s Resource guide, correlations between provincial curricula expectations or outcomes and the Anthology of Award Winning Essays which is  a publication of student work.