Congratulations to all the fabulous writers who submitted work to our student journal, Voices Visible! We would also like to thank all the dedicated teachers who nurtured the talents of these remarkable young people.
Submitted by Kelley Inden, BCTELA Executive Member
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As you may have read in our previous post, we are running a book club this summer and fall as a lead-in to our provincial conference. We are excited to have Cris Tovani as our keynote speaker, and decided to use her latest book to build community and generate interest in our event. (more…)
To celebrate our upcoming October conference keynote speaker, we will be reading Chris Tovani’s book So What do They Really Know? We invite BCTELA members across the province to join us in reading this text in preparation for the October PSA professional day. Participants will receive a copy of So What do They Really Know? to read over the next few months. Members of the BCTELA executive will host a web-based discussion on Elluminate for all participants in late September and a Twitter chat in October, prior to the conference. (more…)
My favorite poems tend to be poems which have a social justice theme. Social justice poems engage me because by highlighting specific injustices they act as catalysts which help me imagine a more just and equitable world. The only thing better than a poem with a social justice theme is a text set of poems on a specific social justice theme!
A Universal Declaration of Human Rights Video Project
by Linda Mei
BCTELA Executive Member
Initially, I had envisioned a relatively small project that should take no more than six or seven classes. The digital media project on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ended up taking a month to complete, and reinforced the value of 21st Century learning for me. (more…)
Every year, the BC Teachers of English Language Arts creates a publication of student writing called Voices Visible.
The contest is free, and students should submit their work by April 30, 2013.
Download the contest guidelines and cover letter here.
Make your students’ voices visible!
Guest Post by Ben Pare, Program Consultant: Literacy, Burnaby School District
Does this sound familiar?
You’re up late reading student essays when suddenly you come across a student who has obviously plagiarized.
Feelings of disappointment may be followed by ones of frustration or anger.
This seems to be a common experience.
As a secondary English teacher and Department Head, the issue of student plagiarism seems to be ubiquitous. Every year the topic seems to come up at one point of the year or another. And, every year, it remains a challenge for schools and teachers on how best to respond. (more…)
Submitted by Celia Brownrigg, Vice President of BCTELA
Sometimes I forget about all the great authors’ blogs and website out there. I forget that children’s and YA authors sometimes spend as much (if not more) time than me thinking about the reading lives of my students. Sometimes they spend less, but their perspective is different, which makes it valuable. Also, they’re authors; they like writing and they’re good at it. A number of the authors whose blogs I check regularly are quite prolific (in that they post regularly). Sometimes, though, the posts stop coming as frequently. That’s usually because they’re on tour or deep into writing a new book so I can’t fault them too much. (more…)
The Vancouver Island University and S.D. 23 (Kelowna) are partnering to host this summit. There will be a number of leaders in early literacy presenting their work. The summit will be held in Kelowna, BC on January 31st through February 2nd, 2012.
For more information, download the PDF.