English Language Arts is comprised of many different forms of expression.  Below are some of the most common types of texts we teach. If you don’t see your favourite sites, contact us and share them!

Film and Media

The Literacy Shed
A treasure trove of short films, animated shorts, and videos of books. Curated by an elementary teacher.  Videos are organized by theme.

Film History Blog
A blog which includes lots of film history and biographies of well-known film makers

Film Theory and Criticism Website Links
A comprehensive directory of film theory and film criticism websites

Rotten Tomatoes – Super funny! Check it out! Fresh or Rotten!
Reviews of most current and contemporary films

British Film Institute Film and Media Study Resources
Film and media study resources for students and teachers

Web English Teacher Film Resources
This very popular site also includes a section on film as a genre.

Horizon High School Film Study Website
A student-produced site including lectures and lessons from many popular contemporary films.

Film Education Website
A UK site which includes reviews and criticism on many recent films.


“Bookwink’s mission is to inspire kids to read.” Sonja Cole gives three-minute video reviews of great novels for grades 3-8.

First Nations Literature

First Nations Literature Links to Saskatchewan Curriculum
A lot of general First Nations literature resources and direct links to the Sask. Curriculum

First Nations Experiences in North America
A lot of resources related to the first Nations experience in Canada and the United States

Camosun College First Nations Literature
A number of resources of First Nations cultures and histories curated by Camosun College, including a list of indigenous authors.

Starleigh Grass’ Blog on Lessons Related First Nations
The blog of BCTELA member Starleigh Grass which includes several lesson plans for FN related novels as well as discussions of advocacy and education.

English 12 First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide
Written by practicing educators this guide has twelve units created to support the implementation of English 12 First Peoples. Some units focus on the examinable texts for English 12 First Peoples. All of the units could easily be used in a regular English 12 class.

English 10/11 First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide
Written by practicing educators this guide has eleven units created to support the implementation of English 10/11 First Peoples. All of the units could easily be used in a regular English 10 or 11 class.

Lesson Plan on Viewpoints in Aboriginal and Mainstream Media
Intended to show students that different media texts reflect different points of view, this grade seven lesson plan has students compare and contrast mainstream newspapers with Aboriginal newspapers to determine the differences in their viewpoint.

Lesson Plan on Aboriginal Poetry
Intended to help students identify and use a range of vocal effects and use visual aids to enhance oral presentations this grade seven lesson plan introduces students to several Aboriginal poets through innovative teaching strategies.

Graphic Texts

Comics Vocabulary by Celia Brownrigg
If you are starting a unit using comics or graphic novels, or thinking of starting planning one, have a look at this ppt on Comics Vocabulary, created by Celia Brownrigg as an introduction for a unit on the graphic memoir Persepolis. Students need to add to their lexicon in order to participate in literary conversations about graphic story telling.

Literary Terms

GP Vanier Secondary School’s English Department – Literary Terms and Devices

From allegory to understatement this online dictionary of literary terms for secondary English students has it all! Definitions are easy to understand and often include examples. Each definition also has an icon that you can click on to go to another page to find out more.

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