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10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know
Authors:
Jeff Anderson
Format: Paperback
Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argument, students need to know certain essentials in order to write effectively. This straightforward book focuses on developing concepts and application of ten key aspects of good writing -- motio, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. It provides dozens of strong model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that will help young writers learn what is possible, and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. The book also provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task.

Coming in October 2011!
$32.95

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Basic Tools for Beginning Writers
Authors:
Betty Schultze
Format: Paperback
How to teach all the skills beginning writers need--from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text

How to teach all the skills beginning writers need - from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text. Offers teachers strategies for helping children grasp the pencil, print legibly, spell, punctuate, and create sentences that contain complete thoughts and link together logically. Includes background information, lesson ideas, and suggestions for student review, extensions, and modifications that lead to best practices in developing writing consistency.

(Companion to What's Next for this Beginning Writer.)
$24.95

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Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars
Authors:
John Reilly
Format: Paperback
The Plains Indian Wars were always front-page news in frontier newspapers, and it was to such local newspapers that the public invariably turned for information about the fighting. The vivid, colorful accounts there captivated the nation—and in hindsight reveal much about the attitudes and prejudices of the public and the press.
Bound to Have Blood takes readers back to the late nineteenth century to show how newspaper reporting influenced attitudes about the conflict between the United States and Native Americans. Emphasizing primary sources and eyewitness accounts, Bound to Have Blood focuses on eight watershed events between 1862 and 1891: the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, the Sand Creek massacre, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the flight of the Nez Perce, the Cheyenne outbreak, the trial of Standing Bear, and the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 and its aftermath. Each chapter examines an individual event, analyzing the balance and accuracy of the newspaper coverage and how the reporting of the time reinforced stereotypes about Native Americans.
$18.50

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Colouring Journal: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Native American;

Nurture your spirit! Slow down and explore colouring while learning about the Indigenous Peoples and cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Find your own magical and mysterious story woven within these pages." - Melaney Gleeson-Lyall, Musqueam, Coast Salish

Colouring Journal: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art features 14 journal pages and 16 original art designs from different Northwest Coast First Nations and Native American artists that take the reader/drawer through a journey of self-reflection and design.  The images and text in this book are the work of various Indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest.

Inside Colouring Journal, you will find pages explaining the significance and symbolism of different animals and supernatural beings, followed by questions and space to journal. Facing the journalling pages are beautifully detailed colouring pages to complement the questions for reflection. Find your own magical journey woven within these pages.

Features:

  • Features 16 original art designs.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.
  • 32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".
Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$9.95

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Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
Authors:
Gregory Younging
Format: Paperback
Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

This guide features:

• Twenty-two succinct style principles.
• Advice on culturally appropriate publishing practices, including how to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, when and how to seek the advice of Elders, and how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Traditional Knowledge.
• Terminology to use and to avoid.
• Advice on specific editing issues, such as biased language, capitalization, and quoting from historical sources and archives.
• Case studies of projects that illustrate best practices.

Reviews
"Style is fraught with politics, especially when writing about Indigenous Peoples. Now, writers, academics, journalists, publishers, and students can breathe a sigh of relief. Reach for this essential Indigenous style guide, not only when searching for the right word, but when seeking guidance on the importance of relationships and trust." - Duncan McCue, CBC Radio Host and author of The Shoe Boy

"Elements of Indigenous Style is a beautiful beginning, a gathering place and a cultivator of both discussion and growth. Younging’s work clears the ground, drafts the blueprints and starts the framing out on the house that we need for our stories. At the same time, Younging manages to write both solid and grounded guidelines while leaving malleability in the architecture so that the ideas can grow and evolve. And we are all invited to share, discuss, add to, and cultivate this important work." - Cherie Dimaline, author and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award

Educator Information
This book would be useful for the following courses and/or areas of studies: Indigenous Studies, Canadian Literature, Language Arts, English, Media Studies, Education, Journalism, Editing and Proofreading, Social Science/Ethnic Studies, and Composition and Creative Writing.

Additional Information
168 pages | 5.50" x 7.50"
Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Fill It In: Working with Forms
Authors:
Christianna Jones
Kate Thompson
Format: Paperback
Forms are very common today, but many people feel confused about them. Fill It In is designed for adults and teens who want to learn about filling out forms. The workbook contains paper based and internet forms that touch on work, personal and school life. It also explains many of the “rules” about forms that are sometimes not clear.
$29.95

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Fire and Water: Original Teachings & Today’s Duties
Authors:
Nancy Cooper
Format: Paperback
This resource will encourage learners to be self-directed learners and take initiative for interviewing each other and various members of the community. They will also be required to follow internet links and watch streaming videos to learn about various activities. Other activities include basic comprehension exercises, map reading, spelling, and writing skills building.

CD-ROM included.
$24.95

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First Nations Full Day Kindergarten
Authors:
Sheila Austin
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Over 300 pages of cultural components to complement traditional kindergarten skills and concepts:
PROGRAM BACKGROUND, Budget Categories, Integrating First Nations Studies, Cognitive Education Method, Activities, Skills and Goals, Monthly Rhythms, Sample Week, Sample Daily Routines. THEMES: Longhouse - Autumn & Winter, Longhouse - Spring and Summer, Salmon, Bears, Planning a Potlatch, Christmas Festival, Cedar, Canoes, Weaving, Drama, plus cultural materials support themes. Factual background information for teachers to read or share with students.

Authentic Canadian Content
$41.00

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How Do I Get Them to Write?: Explore the Reading-Writing Connection Using Freewriting and Mentor Texts to Motivate and Empower Students
Authors:
Karen Filewych
Format: Paperback
This remarkable book shows teachers how to inspire students to learn to write and write to learn. Committed to the premise that all students can learn to write with appropriate teaching, modelling, and practice, it argues that reading and writing go hand in hand.

Through reading, writing and the inevitable discussions that follow, students learn from the experiences of others, open their minds to many possibilities, gain a glimpse into new worlds, make connections to their lives, and reflect on their own choices and learning.

This practical book shows you how to use freewriting and powerful mentor texts to create classrooms where students enjoy putting pencil to paper and taking the necessary risks to grow and flourish as writers.

Educator Information
Grade Range: K-6

Additional Information
160 pages | 8.40" x 10.80"
$24.95

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Journey to Literacy: No Worksheets Required
Format: Paperback
Journey to Literacy: No Worksheets Required

The play-based learning and individualized strategies in this practical book build on the wide range of literacy skills present in the kindergarten classroom. This valuable resource explores simple ways to use traditional learning centres to provide children with real and authentic reasons to listen, speak, read, write, and view. Teachers will find a wealth of resources for creating meaningful learning experiences, including:

answers to often-asked questions
milestones to inform teaching instruction
activities and games for both individuals and groups
literacy extensions that involve children with quality literature, authentic artifacts, and recordings

This highly readable book will support teachers as they move beyond worksheets and nurture students on their journey to lifelong literacy.
$24.95

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Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners
Authors:
Regie Routman
Format: Paperback
How do we ensure that all students are engaged each day in meaningful, challenging, and joyful work and have equal opportunity to learn?

That is the central question Regie Routman addresses in Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners. Her response is that such an outcome is only possible within a culture of empowerment in which all students and teachers feel encouraged and supported to let their voices be heard, explore their passions and interests, develop deep knowledge, and become their fullest and truest selves.

Based on her ongoing teaching, leading, and coaching in diverse schools and districts, Regie offers K-12 teachers and leaders practical, easy-to-implement tools to help students develop as self-determining readers, writers, and learners including:

- Take Action sections with specific suggestions for authentically teaching, assessing, and learning
- Extensive research that is easily accessible and actionable
- Personal stories that connect to literacy teaching and learning
- Rich online resources including a comprehensive lesson plan, an easy-to-use study guide, downloadable Appendices, and more.

Literacy Essentials shows what’s possible when teachers and schools raise expectations for all students and create an intellectual culture based on trust, collaborative expertise, and celebration of learners’ strengths.

Educator Information
Audience Range: Ages 5-17

Additional Information
482 pages | 7.30" x 9.20"
$58.95

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Little Bear's Vision Quest: Teacher's Guide
Authors:
Ilona Weiss
Format: Paperback
This is a Teacher's Guide for the ever popular LITTLE BEAR'S VISION QUEST aimed at grades K-7.

Some lessons included in this resource are:

Vocabulary Builders
Word Sort
Dictionary Work
Friendship Dance

Also included is the script for a Reader's Theatre

$38.95

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Maria Campbell: Essays on Her Works
Editors:
Jolene Armstrong
Format: Paperback

This essay collection gathers together writings on the works of Maria Campbell, feminist, activist, visionary, artist, mother, grandmother, and Métis elder. The book talks truthfully of Maria's journey as a writer, how her writing was infected with her experiences with marginalization and discrimination. And how she emerged on the other side having affirmed her identity.

Authentic Canadian Content
$20.00

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Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing Grades 3-8
Authors:
Lori Jamison Rog
Format: Paperback
This timely book shows teachers how to bring students on board with the “writingest” generation in history. The minilessons in this practical book go beyond grammar, spelling, and conventions to focus on comprehensive written communication as one of the essential skills for success. These fresh minilessons explore how to help students go beyond fuzzy thinking and generic voice and help them organize their thinking, solve problems, identify key ideas, and reflect on different perspectives. The book argues that writing is important to help students communicate ideas to others, as well as document their own thoughts. This buffet of minilessons gives you ideas to add to your teaching repertoire so you can help your students’ work shine a little brighter.

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144 pages | 8.30" x 10.80"
$24.95

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Mentor Texts
Authors:
Rose Cappelli
Lynne R. Dorfman
Format: Paperback

Mentor Texts

Teaching writing through children`s literature, K-6

This intriguing book is organized around the traits of good writing — focus, content, organization, style, and conventions — and includes:

mentor texts that can be used to scaffold student work
student writing samples that demonstrate how students take risks
teacher writing samples that show the power of teacher as writer
a comprehensive, annotated list of children`s literature, with specific suggestions for teaching points

This practical guide demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers. It shows both teachers and students how to notice what authors do, and how to use that knowledge to inform their own writing.

*Don`t miss the new companion text, Nonfiction Mentor Texts.

$42.95

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