Writing Notebook

The purpose of a Writing Notebook is to maintain and develop the skill of writing in a world where most people rely heavily on technology. Encouraging students to write more is a task teachers face each day. Using the writing notebook in the classroom gives students a place to write without risk, a place where they can express their ideas, a place where they experiment with genre, and a place where  they can be creative and share their writing with others: Writing Notebook

The English Language is Shakespeare’s Language

Choose the following link to read more about Shakespeare’s influence:

How the English Language Is Shakespeare’s Language

Apps to Inspire Transmediation

Transmediation is the process of transforming writing into another medium such as poetry, music, or art. This process can inspire students see their writing in a new light. Using apps to facilitate transmediation is a fun and rewarding activity to enhance students’ creativity during the revision process. Choose the link below for more information:



Daily Writing Tips!

Whether you are a teacher or student, writing skills are essential to your success. With the rise of the information age and the increased use of emails, blogs and social networks, the ability to write clear, correct English is more important than ever.

Daily Writing Tips publishes a new article each day, with topics such as grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.

The Daily Writing Tips Blog may be helpful for your students. Choose the link below for daily writing tips:


So We Have a Writing Continuum…Now What?

Why do we spend professional learning time on creating a writing continuum rather than simply “working on the teaching of writing.” Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst and Brenda Augusta’s response to that question is that by building a continuum collaboratively, we are working on writing!! Choose the link below to read Brenda Augusta’s blog post:

Writing Continuum

7 Classic Books Every High School Girl Should Read

The average high school girl may find that books are a great way to escape the pressure of school. This time is also a make or break when it comes to developing a passion and love for reading. These 7 classic books will spark their curiosity to explore wonderful characters from world’s unknown to them until now.

Books for High School Girls


Teenagers Want to Read-If We Let Them

“We need to balance pleasure with challenge, increasing volume for all readers and setting up an environment in our classroom that manages kids as they choose books, set goals, and develop a reading habit. We have to consider how to teach reading skills through the deep analysis of texts, both short and long, and learn to confer with and assess readers in ways that will lead them to more complex texts. Last, we have to have the courage to lead in classrooms, in our schools, and in our communities as we commit to develop readers, writers and thinkers…” p. 8 Book Love by Penny Kittle

Book Love by Penny Kittle is available to sign out at CRC.

Please choose the link below for the Saskatchewan Curriculum ELA 9, 10, 20 and 30 Resource lists:

Saskatchewan Curriculum

Grade 9 ELA Resource List

 ELA A10 Resource List

ELA B10 Resource List

ELA 20 Resource List

ELA 30 Resource List

Choose the link below for Penny Kittle’s suggested reading list:

Reading Lists

Poetry in the Classroom

Poetry In Voice is a recitation contest for high school students in Canada.

Students memorize and recite poems chosen from among the hundreds in the online anthology. By learning poems by heart, students develop lifelong relationships with poetry while improving their language, public speaking, and memorization skills.

The contest begins in the classroom. Top-scoring students, selected from across the country, win a trip with their teachers to the National Finals in the spring. More than $75,000 in travel and prizes are awarded each year.

A student can compete in one of  three contest streams: English, Bilingual, or French:

Poetry In Voice

The League of Canadian Poets is the professional organization for established and emerging Canadian poets. Founded in 1966 to nurture the advancement of poetry in Canada, and the promotion of the interests of poets, it now comprises some 700 members…. The League strives to promote equal opportunities for poets from every literary tradition and cultural and demographic background. Choose the link below:

League of Canadian Poets

4 Tips To Engage Reluctant Readers

Knowing how to get the right book in the hands of a reluctant reader is the key to helping children tap into all reading has to offer.

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1. Looking Beyond Levels: 

It is extremely important that the books reluctant readers pick up interest them. They must be taught how to find books related to their interests or that feature characters they can relate to.

2. Go Beyond Traditional Books:

Let them peruse a graphic novel, listen to an audio book, check out an animated version of a book online or read a non-fiction book with a lot of pictures.

3. Connecting it to the Curriculum:

If you are studying butterflies, read a book that involves butterflies and incorporate it into you lessons. This may encourage your students to read more.

4. Talk about Reading:

Let your students know that even you struggle with reading sometimes and share what you do when you encounter a book you don’t like or talk about your process for finding a book you do like.