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Great Read Alouds and Engaging Students in the School Library

Literacy Day at Mackenzie Elementary School

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mary Locke, Teacher Librarian Mentor for the VSB and Teacher Librarian at Gordon, and I are hosting a workshop this Tuesday afternoon. Below you will find all of the documents we distributed at the workshop.

Great Read Alouds Slide Show

Piazza Reading List

jens book list 2016

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Story Summary Gordon

Story Pyramid

Jeffers booklet Yamashita

Elements of a Story Tornroos

Dan Bar-El Author Shepherd

Character Pawagi (1)

Character Map

Can Have Are (1)

Book Review DS 2

Venn Diagram

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Award winning Cree author Larry Loyie’s latest book tells the harrowing history of Canada’s residential schools. Over 150,000 Aboriginal children were taken from their homes and families in a systemic effort to eradicate Aboriginal culture. These residential schools began in 1870. The last one closed in 1996. Many children were mistreated, malnourished and abused.

An essential book for all libraries. Great for educators and staff to read for developing greater cultural and historical awareness and understanding, and critical for working with Aboriginal students and their families. You could read this book in chunks with older students.

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What an honour it was to attend the Aboriginal Literacy K-12 Symposium at UBC in the gorgeous First Nations House of Learning. Squamish Chief Ian Campbell was a captivating storyteller who demonstrated the power and importance of oral storytelling, and encouraged us to look more critically at the colonial lens through which we teach and live.

Musqueam Elder Larry Grant explained what unceded territory means and the important of acknowledging the traditional territory of the land we are on. Larry Grant shared his published picture book, Let’s Take a Walk, co-authored by Sarah Ling and written in three languages: hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, English and Chinese, as part of UBC’s First Nations Language Program and Oral Traditions Project. UBC offers courses in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓. Let’s Take a Walk, is a memoir of Larry Grant’s childhood, growing up with a Musqueum mother and Chinese father.

School District #37 Delta circulated a wonderful resource Weaving Aboriginal Perspectives into the Curriculum, that include ’10 Ways to Weave Aboriginal Ways of Knowing into Classroom Curriculum, First Peoples Principles of Learning,and Place-Based Thinking Concepts.

Aboriginal Children’s Literature Online Resources

http://oyate.org/ Are your resources appropriate and authentic? Check out this site’s book reviews.

http://firstnationswriter.com/ Cree author Larry Loyie and partner Constance Brissenden promote writing in First Nations communities.

http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.ca/ Debbie Rees reviews many, many books.

http://www.goodminds.com/top-picks Book lists and other teaching resources for sale.

http://books.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/AbCat2014_Final_web2.pdf    Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools published annually. Great resource. Poster available.

http://portal.acc-society.bc.ca/literacy/childrensbooks  BC Aboriginal Child Care Society’s literacy page with book recommendations and teaching resources.

https://www.portageandmainpress.com/lesson_plans/plan_286_1.pdf  Teaching guide for 7 Generations series, an excellent graphic novel depicting the story of a young man who struggles with his past.

http://thehealthyaboriginal.net/contact-us/  Graphic novels, posters and video on health and social issues for young people. French and English.

http://rabbitandbearpaws.com/ Series of funny graphic novels that are appropriate for elementary school students.

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2013/07/book-list-picture-books-by-indigenous.html Lists of book reviews, this particular link provides a list of books written by Indigenous people of Australia.

http://www.firstnationliteracy.com/ Teaching resources, including book recommendations and lesson plans.

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February was not only a month of celebrations, but also a month of Professional Development:

Graphic Novels were the theme of Serendipity

Matt Holm, Babymouse illustrator, entertains us with stories of his childhood, family dynamics, his working process, and how adorable, spunky little Babymouse came to be. Babymouse illustrating is his (more than) full time job. He draws in pencil by hand, then inks, then scans, then colours and edits digitally, all the while collaborating with his sister Jennifer Holm (the writer) and their editing/publishing team.

Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile and illustrator of four of the Babysitters Club graphic novels, takes suggestions from the audience to show us how to cartoon expressions. Raina is also a full time illustrator and graphic novelist. Like Matt Holm, she also works from home.

Gene Yang, author of the fabulous American Born Chinese and high school teacher, was a very dynamic and funny speaker. Gene shows us how he engages his students with comics that teach and stated that, “students like control over the rate of information flow.”

“I imagine my children starving” Gene Yang, on overcoming writer’s block.

Aaron Renier and Jason Shiga, our fantastic author guests from last week, ran a hands on workshop during the lunch break, and then answered questions on the panel. They spoke about how comics and graphic novels have the lowest barriers for entry, anyone can create little comics using a photocopier and a long arm stapler. Gene said that, “All you need to write a comic or graphic novel is a pen, some pencils, and a healthy ignorance of your artistc limitations.”

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