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Level 20 English Language Arts

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Whose Land is It Anyway?

Series: 8th Fire
There's no getting around it. Land is the biggest sticking point in the relationship between Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the "settler" population. Who owns it, benefits from it, gets to say when, if and how it gets developed? These questions are all the more crucial because the lands in disp...

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I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

This animated adaptation of the Bernice Eisenstein's illustrated memoir of the same title; I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors shares Eisenstein's accounts of her daily life growing up the daughter of Auschwitz survivors, and through humour, examines the consequences of the second-hand trauma. T...

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The Attawapiskat First Nations Reserve

The Attawapiskat First Nation reserve is far removed from the rest of society, and in trouble. Contaminated fish and mouldy buildings add to the hardships experienced daily by the people of the remote community. In this three-part series, we visit the reserve and meet some of the residents. We he...

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XS Stress: Teens Take Control

Three youth tell their real-life struggles while navigating the choppy waters of adolescence. Various sources of stress are identified, including new responsibilities, schoolwork, relationships with family and friends, racism, name calling and extra-curricular activities. The film offers insight ...

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The Storytelling Class: Gordon Bell High School

Gordon Bell High School, located in Winnipeg's downtown core, is a culturally diverse school--one recent survey found 58 different languages spoken by the student body. After reading the memoir A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, in which Beah shares his experiences as a child soldier, teacher Marc...

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Indigenous in the City

Series: 8th Fire
In the opening episode of the four-part series 8th Fire, host Wab Kinew, from the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation in Northern Ontario, an award-winning hip-hop artist and now a Winnipeg-based TV journalist, invites us to come "meet the neighbours." It's about time, since many Canadians say the...

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It's Time

Series: 8th Fire
It's Time! challenges Canadians with this reality: if we don't improve our relationship with Aboriginal people, we will cripple our economy. Both the footage and the argument come in high definition and make the case that Canada is changing beneath our feet. In a dynamic, two-minute walk through ...

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At the Crossroads

Series: 8th Fire
At the close of the 8th Fire series, we meet young First Nations people preparing to change the future, determined to light the 8th Fire and build a new relationship with Canada. A fascinating range of artists, activists and business people take us through ways to shed the colonial past and to bu...

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Identity

This program examines what it means to be a First Nations person in the 21st century. Dene, Cree, Blackfoot and Métis communities explore how First Nations values are transferable to life today. Culture, language and storytelling are crucial to positive identity formation for people of all ages.

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Plagiarism. What Do You Value?

Little positive learning is achieved when students fall into the plagiarism trap. In this program, plagiarism is defined in all its modern and common forms. Opportunities are provided for students and educators to discuss why some people copy. Students will learn quoting and referencing skills th...

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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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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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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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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...