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The Latest Posts
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The Media Triangle
The Ten Key Literacy Skills:
Teaching with Comics
Prepare your students to put their Key Litearcy Skills into practice by downloading free classroom-ready lesson plans for hot Graphic Novels.
“The reading program should include a wide variety of literary, informational, and graphic texts that engage students’ interest and imagination – for example … comic books.“
(The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10: English 2007, 16)
Gender Representation in the Media
Prepare your students with a strong foundation in gender equity through project-based learning.
The Essay Writing Unit
Develop strong writers by explicitly demonstrating how to move from idea, to outline, to final product. Leave five paragraph hamburgers far behind.
The Creation and Publication Project
Empower students to become lifelong creators by taking their work beyond the classroom walls.
Teaching with Literature Circles
Differentiate by allowing students to choose texts that are meaningful to them while still focusing on key Literacy Skills.
Recommended Book Lists
Whether looking to choose effective classroom texts, or build your literature circle collection, these suggestions for grade-level novels and comics will put you on the road to success.
Digital Literacy Tutorials
Embrace Digital by taking your lessons to the next level. Learn how to use the latest and most effective teacher-focused technology with these easy-to-understand tutorials.
John Malloy’s Keynote Speech: #UL19
How to Write:
Choose Our Way Tales
Simple (explained in ten words or less), Useful (don’t increase workload), Powerful (lead to deeper learning opportunities), Effective (impact student success), Repeatable (easily implemented in most situations) Strategies to increase your success both in, and out of the classroom.