Place-Making with Poetry

Posted by Celia Brogan We are halfway through Poetry Month! In a change from last year, this April we are focusing on specifically BC literatures in support of the ABPBC’s Read Local BC campaign but luckily, when we look around poetry features prominently in the local cannon. Today I would like to continue a thread […]

Myth, Madness and a Tale of a Golden Spruce

posted by Celia Brogan The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed  by John Vaillant. I love this book. The prose are poetic to the extent that I have used passages as prompts in an art class. The story opens with a mystery and proceeds to weave together strands of natural history, […]

Getting to know BC through Farm and Food Lit

posted by Celia Brogan I realized a few years ago that I like what I have decided to call “Farm Literature.” There may be an industry name for this but I’m happy with mine. Farm Lit is, for me, a book about someone’s experience living on a farm–hobby or sustenance–or other intimate experience with the […]

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 […]

Poetry Month: day 14

Happy Earth Day! I taught again today the lesson I described on day 10. It was another group of 6/7s and I used the same poems from Joyful Voices for them to practice and present.  One difference was that I didn’t use the Shane Koyczan “To This Day” as the introduction.  I found that, while […]

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