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Listening to where we live

Posted by Celia Brogan

Listening to the sounds in our local environment is a great way to enter into a study of place.

Today’s BC text is Sara Leach‘s Sounds of the Ferry. This picture book was nominated for the 2012/13 Chocolate Lily Book award. As the name implies, the narrative is full of onomatopoetic examples of what a BC ferry rider would hear on a crossing.

This text could be a great mentor text for an exercise in representing a particular place or experience through sound. Sounds of the Ferry might introduce activities to:

Sara Leach is an author and teacher-librarian who lives in Whistler, BC. Check out her CWILL profile.

Do you have a text to share that would compliment this one? Share it in the comments!

Read Local BC

Happy April!

Last year we celebrated Poetry Month by posting every school day in April. This year we’re still featuring poetry in our schools, but here at bctela.ca we are going to focus on a different series.

The Association of Book Publishers of BC (@abpbc) has launched a fabulous celebration of local publishing and has announced their Read Local BC campaign for April 2015.

Check out their website for literary events in your community (or one nearby).

We will celebrate in our own way throughout April by posting about local authors, titles, and series we like to use with our students. Do you have a favourite BC author or text you use in your practice? Share it with us in the comments.

Book club Twitter chats – my strategy

submitted by Kelley Inden (@ksinden)

I figured I would share how I go about participating in a book club chat on Twitter. My guess is that there is a better way, perhaps even ‘an app for that’, but here is how I do it. Please feel free to pass along your own wisdom in the comments section.

Obviously, I first read the book and take note of where my attention is snagged. Sometimes I use post-it notes to hold my thinking, or I write in the book if it belongs to me. With this one, I bought the book on my e-reader, so I just used the bookmark and notes function.

Next, I open my Twitter account and open up a new tweet. I compose each tweet in that box to ensure the character count is accurate, and then cut and paste the tweet into a Pages or Word document.

 

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When the Twitter chat commences, I select and tweet as seems appropriate.

I find that during the chat I don’t have the time to compose more than responses to other people’s ideas. If I have something I want to be sure to share, having the tweets ready to go is the only way for me.

Hope to chat with you on Sunday!

Preparing for the #bctelabook club chat

This Sunday brings our first book club twitter chat about a work of fiction. Chatting about Medicine Walk will be a different experience from our previous chats about professional texts. As you finish the novel and prepare your thoughts for sharing, consider these prompts and provocations:

  • How might stories have the power to heal, in both their telling and hearing?
  • What is the relationship between land and place, and memory?
  • Do the stories about our past need to come from our blood-relations?
  • For whom is the “medicine walk,” really? Are there more multiple walks being taken?
  • What other texts would you group with Medicine Walk?
  • …and other thoughts or questions you have are most welcome

We are looking forward to meeting you online, or in person for those who will get together in preparation for the twitter chat.
Happy Reading!

In-person gathering: 9:30-11am, March 8th, Pleasant Beans coffee house, 39 Kingsway, Vancouver (attached to the Mount Pleasant Community Centre). Or there might be one in your community: ask around!
Twitter chat: 11am-12noon, March 8th, online, hashtag #bctelabook.

In-Person Book Club Chats

Medicine Walk’s richness in themes and ideas may need more room for discussion than twitter can offer. In honour of Wagamese’s work, as well as our varied learning styles, BCTELA executive members Celia Brogan and Pamela Richardson will host a get-together for a BCTELA book club discussion prior to the twitter chat on March 8th.
All are welcome to come!

The get-together will be at a coffee shop called Pleasant Beans, at the corner of Kingsway and E 8th ave, in the Mount Pleasant community Centre in Vancouver from 9:30 to 11am.  Folks are welcome to stay together for the twitter chat from 11am-noon.

Are you thinking of hosting your own get-together at a coffee shop or library in your town?  Please let us know!

Persona Spoken Word Poetry Event

BCTELA is happy to share this exciting event with you:

The Surrey English Teachers’ Association presents

Stepping Outside Ourselves: the Persona Spoken Word Poem Performance & Workshop

with Lucia Misch & Johnny MacRae

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

NEWTON CULTURAL CENTRE

13530 72nd AVENUE

9:30 AM TO 1:00 PM

“Stepping Outside Ourselves” is a spoken word poetry workshop focused on writing in one of the most popular spoken word forms, persona poems. Facilitators Lucia Misch and Johnny MacRae will guide participants through exercises that emphasize both performance and writing. Beginning with a general overview of spoken word and a performance of their own work in the persona genre, Lucia and Johnny will focus on a variety of areas related to persona poetry and poetry more generally, including principles such as active language and writing for the senses, poetic devices such as personification and metaphorical conceit, or skills such as character performance.

For further information, here is the Persona Poetry Event poster.

 

To reserve a space in this workshop email ellison_d@surreyschools.ca

Send cheque (payable to Surrey English Teachers) for $25 to Dave Ellison @ City Central Learning Centre (courier #574)

Story and the landscapes of learning

How does place shape us? What does it mean for our practice? What kinds of learning experiences do we owe our students so they can see themselves in the world? How can we help them write about their own sense of home and identity?

Powerful stories are located in our personal and social geographies. Our stories are shaped by our geographies, and our individual and shared experiences. Come explore the role of place in informing our stories, our literacies and our practice.

Join us in Richmond, BC, October 23, 2015 for BCTELA Annual Conference “Story and the Landscapes of Learning.” We invite you to submit a conference proposal that explores some of the many dimensions of story as the landscape of learning and knowing–story as literary and informational text, story as cross-disciplinary collaborations, story as multiple literacies and genres, story as memory and identity, story as teacher knowledge and research, story as community and culture, story as marginalization, and story as resistance.

Download and print this proposal form;

BCTELA Conference Proposal 2015

 

Please submit this program proposal to Kathleen Campbell at katcampbell@sd38.bc.ca by February 22, 2015.

 

Medicine Walk book club chat: March 8th

Have you picked up your copy of Medicine Walk#bctelabook club reads Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Winter 2015 by Richard Wagamese?  This installment of the BCTELA book club series (#bctelabook) is the first work of fiction we’ve read.  It’s also the first time we’ve cast the invitation to participate beyond our membership.
We are excited to see who all joins us for the main discussion on Twitter.

Sunday, March 8th has been selected for the Twitter chat for our book club chat.  As usual, we will be using the hashtag #bctelabook.  We will all meet online at 11am and chat until 12noon.

If this is your first Twitter chat experience and would like some information beforehand, there are a number of tutorials on youtube, or you can contact us for some support.

Medicine Walk is rich with imagery and topics that will generate thoughtful discussion.  Sometimes a Twitter chat is not a forum that encourages deep and thoughtful consideration, at least not in real-time.  In order to honour Wagamese’s work, as well as those of us who are verbal and/or aural processors, members of the BCTELA executive will be hosting an in-person book discussion from 9:30-11:00 on March 8th, directly preceding the Twitter chat. If you’d like to join us for a face-to-face chat about Medicine Walk we will meet at a coffee shop near the intersection at Main & Broadway in Vancouver. (Specific location tba)

We hope that some of you around the province might consider hosting a similar gathering, either before or after the Twitter chat on Sunday March 8th. If you want to meet other book clubbers at a spot in your community, let us know and we will help get the word out. (Use the contact us page or tweet us @BCTELA)

BYO Book Club!

This year, your BC English Language Arts Professional Specialist Association is adding a new book club – a BYOB club! We chose Medicine Walk. One focus for our group in the coming months is place-based learning. In the spirit of literature from our territory, we offer Richard Wagamese’s novel, set in the interior of BC. Watch this space as we will reveal more details about the twitter talks we’ll have in March.

Buy the book now, and we’ll talk soon.

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