Literature Fair 2014
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Session Descriptions and Book Lists
Beres, Cory: Enriching Mathematics With Literature (pdf)
In this session, literature will be discussed that enriches the learning experience of mathematics for all learners from kindergarten through to high school.
Bohnert, Paul: Fantasy To Reality and The Science In-Between (pdf)
Imagine a world of super sonic time travel, magical machines and exciting explorations. Next, consider how you would accomplish these tasks. Experience, experiment and create change. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Einstein
This session will introduce a number of new young adult books that appeal strongly to teenagers in high school. Many of these books could be used in literature circles, can replace or supplement canonical novels, and can encourage teens to read both inside and outside of school.
Bright, Robin: Great Books to Inspire Student Writing from K-12 (pdf)
In this session, mentor texts will be shared for a variety of grade levels that can be used to model and inspire writing. Mentor texts will include picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels. Examples of student writing will be shared and you may also be asked to do some writing!
Cormier, Beth: Graphic Novels in the Classroom (pdf)
Many students are drawn to graphic novels, and there is a huge range of excellent graphic novels to choose from. This session will feature booktalks on titles ranging from a Kindergarten to High School audience. Suggested teaching strategies for incorporating graphic novels will also be explored.
Cormier, Dan: Boys Reading: What I’ve Learned in 16 Years as a Librarian (pdf)
This session will focus on helping children and youth develop lifelong reading habits. Strategies and recommended titles will focus on reluctant male readers.
Dalby, Donna: Exploring Music Through the Written Word (pdf)
"Music allows us to travel to times and places we could not otherwise go." In this session, participants will be introduced to a variety of musical literature intended to encourage students' curiosity about Music. Picture books, chapter books, novels, and non-fiction texts will be presented.
Fowler, Leah: Social Justice In Canadian YA Literature (pdf)
Encourage empathy, social justice, and imaginative insight into past, present and future citizenship across the curriculum in this session. Discover new Canadian award-winning writers and contemporary, historical, speculative, and graphic fiction for young adults.
Hasebe-Ludt, Erika: Dual Language Books for Canadian Cosmopolitan Classrooms (pdf)
This roundtable features bilingual books—books written in more than one language, such as English and Spanish—which can be used in a variety of curriculum areas. These books particularly acknowledge and support English language learners’ (ELL) linguistic and cultural backgrounds, but they are also valuable tools for integrating language and content for all learners in Canada’s culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.
Lidstone, Derek & Goble, Karin: “Thousands of Words” – Literature and Visual Arts: A Symbiotic Relationship (pdf)
This session, focused on Division 1 and 2 classrooms, will examine cross-curricular approaches for incorporating literature into the Visual Arts classroom, and art techniques into the English Language Arts curriculum. Participants will be provided with a literature list, will view exemplars, and will engage in discussion of possible curricular links.
Little Mustache, Carolyn: Exploring FNMI (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) Literature for Classrooms (pdf)
This session will explore FNMI literature that will compliment the learning outcomes for K-12. Participants will also have the opportunity for oral stories, puppetry and songs using a hand drum. These strategies are intended to engage and enrich the students learning.
Mombourquette, Carmen: Using "Story" to Teach Social Studies Concepts (pdf)
In this session we will explore the use of "story" in teaching social studies concepts.
Murphy, MaryAnne: Literature and the Social Studies Curriculum (pdf)
Linking where we are, who we are and how we are through story.
Through story, we can come to deeply know both our physical place and our communal identity. This session will introduce participants to literature that will facilitate the exploration of themes in the Alberta Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Curriculum.
Winsor, Pamela: Reading Aloud: Sharing Picturebooks in K-3 (pdf)
What could be better than listening to stories read aloud by enthusiastic readers? Not much! But learning amazing facts read from informational text might come close for some young students. In this session teachers will be introduced to great literature to read aloud along with the interactive techniques that encourage active listening.
Are you worrying about teaching your first library period in middle school? Does it fill you with terror thinking about the student who says, “Reading is lame. I don’t read books!” I’ll give you some “non-lame” tips on promoting the love of reading with upper middle school students. Being armed with great books that students will love will boost your confidence as a teacher, help you look forward to that first library period or to inspiring that student who hasn’t found the passion for reading. Hopefully, you’ll also find a book that you just can’t wait to read!