Monthly Archives: January 2012

Resources for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The following links comprise the novel unit put together by Pamela Hansen, Secondary Literacy Mentor, Vancouver School Board; Ann Hayes, English/Social Studies Teacher, Kitsilano Secondary; and Trevor Stokes, Head Teacher, Street Front Alternative, Britannia Secondary. N.B. Some of the links … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Reflection on Inquiry

Jonathan Rempel’s analogy between a wilderness experience and exploring inquiry in the classroom really hits the mark – there is nothing like it if you take the necessary steps to make it work. http://jrempel.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/framing-inquiry/

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The practical benefits of “consuming” fiction

Reading fiction is credited with significantly improving "extraversion, emotional stability, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness." Explore further in http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=5562975637464940546&gid=2299740&type=member&item=89352511&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs%2Ehbr%2Eorg%2Fcs%2F2012%2F01%2Fthe_business_case_for_reading%2Ehtml&urlhash=83a1&trk=group_most_recent_rich-0-b-shrttl Pamela Hansen Secondary LD/Literacy Consultant

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Essential Questions

VSB High School Teams December 2011 Meeting Focus: Essential Questions Book: Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. (2007). Engaging Readers and Writers with Inquiry: Promoting Deep Understandings in Language Arts and the Content Areas with Guiding Questions After a presentation clarifying what an … Continue reading

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Qualities of an Essential Question checklist

Qualities of Essential Question This chart will help you and your students clarify and identify the best essential questions for your unit of study. ¬†Adapted from Jeff Wilhelm’s (2007) Engaging Readers and Writers in Inquiry: Promoting Deep Understandings in Language … Continue reading

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Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice PLOs This unit plan has the Specific Learning Targets divided into Oral Language, Reading and Viewing, and Writing and Representing. Key quotes are used to illustrate the three plots of the play as well as its unique … Continue reading

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Richard III

Richard III – pdf Because this was Shakespeare, I posted a list of important quotes to guide students through the play. This time under useful websites, I asked students to add their own resources which they would use to create … Continue reading

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