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They Dance at Night

Series: Wapos Bay
Wapos Bay is an animated series about the adventures of three Cree children living in northern Saskatchewan. Raven and T-Bear learn what can happen when they forget to respect tradition. All three children discover that carelessness is disrespectful. With help from Mushom and an Elder, they take ...

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Something to Remember

Series: Wapos Bay
Wapos Bay is an animated series about the adventures of three Cree children living in northern Saskatchewan. While preparing for a Remembrance Day tribute, T-Bear is amazed to learn that his Mushom is a war veteran. Meanwhile, Raven's attempts to convince her favourite teacher to stay in Wapos Ba...

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The Seven Chinese Sisters

Seven Chinese sisters, each with her own special talent, live happily in a small village. When a comical dragon snatches the youngest sister, the others use their special gifts to rescue her. This video is an adaptation of the picture book written by Kathy Tucker and illustrated by Grace Lin.

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Behind the Music with Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds

Music composers, Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds, discuss what's involved in producing the music that accompanies the animated video, "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed."

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Writing with Purpose

In this program, Kelly teaches a class of seniors how understanding the purpose of any piece of writing helps both readers and writers. He models how a purpose chart can be used to generate 25 different writing topics from one person's life. Viewers will also see the elements in place in Kelly's ...

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The Importance of Modeling

In this program, Kelly models how to find and develop a writing topic with his ninth-grade students. Students then complete a writing "blast" or "sneeze" and use this writing for a "question flood" with peers. On the second day, students use the STAR (Substitute, Take out, Add, Rearrange) revisio...

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Assessment That Drives Better Student Writing

In this program, Kelly works from the first drafts of his ninth-grade students' Romeo and Juliet essays to build a rubric. The rubric includes required elements for the whole group as well as individual components based on emerging student needs.

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Dude, Listen to This!: Engaging Boy Writers

Ralph Fletcher examines boys and writing. He studies what inspires boys, what shuts them down and how teachers can nurture boys writing. In this video, a group of boys voluntarily give up their recess time to meet and discuss their writing. The video is divided into three sections. In the first s...

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Second Draft Reading

Revisiting a text helps students uncover its deeper layers of meaning. Kelly demonstrates numerous strategies that help students move past an "I read it once; I'm done" mentality and into richer second draft reading. He also discusses the importance assessment plays in planning an effective readi...

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First Draft Reading

Adolescent readers often adopt one of two universal strategies when they are confronted with difficult text: they either quit or dutifully continue, even though they do not understand what they are reading. In this program, Kelly models a number of useful strategies to help students not only moni...

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One Question, One Comment

In this bonus segment, students share either a comment or question about their reading of Lord of the Flies.

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The Six Building Blocks

Before we teach students how to read better, we need to help them understand why they should be readers. Kelly outlines his six blocks for motivating students to read more - both recreationally and academically. He models specific classroom lessons that help students to internalize the value of r...

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. An Interview with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

This short video features an interview with the writer Jon Scieszka and the illustrator Lane Smith of the children's book The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

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March On! An Interview with Dr. Christine King Ferris

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister presents a personal account of the day Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech .

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

This version of William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, is adapted and relocated to the present day. Theo and Polly have come to Dream Park to celebrate their daughter Hermia's engagement. The course of true love never does run smoothly and the night ahead holds revelations, fairie...