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  1. 1. Saskatchewan Learning Resources English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources2009 6
  2. 2. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6English Language ArtsAdditional Learning Resources 6Prepared by:Curriculum and E-Learning BranchMinistry of Education2009 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 |
  3. 3. English language arts: additional learning resources 6ISBN 978-1-897211-57-11. Language arts (Middle school) – Saskatchewan – Bibliography. 2. Middle school students –Saskatchewan – Books and reading – Bibliography. 3. Young adult literature – Bibliography.I. Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. Curriculum and E-Learning. Humanities Unit.011.625016.3726028.5All rights for images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright owners.| English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  4. 4. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Table of Contents Foreword ............................................................................................................ v Print and Visual Resources .............................................................................. 1 Useful Out of Print Resources......................................................................... 90 Digital Resources .............................................................................................. 97 Grade 6 Context and Unit Grid....................................................................... 99 Grade 6 Suggested Resources by Context ...................................................105 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | iii
  5. 5. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6ForewordT his list of learning resources identifies additional resources that have been recommended by the Ministry of Education to support the Grade 6 English Language Arts Curriculum. This list will be updated as new resources become available.There is no single resource that provides support for all the outcomes in a grade-specific Englishlanguage arts curriculum. When purchasing resources from this list, it is advisable to select avariety of resources so all three goals of English Language Arts will be supported. Other resourcesbeyond those recommended in this list may effectively support the Grade 6 English Language ArtsCurriculum. It remains the responsibility of educators to preview and select materials that bestmeet the needs of their school or community. These resources should be chosen in accordancewith the school division’s learning resources selection policy.Pricing of the learning resources contained in this document is subject to change without noticeby the publishers and/or distributors.The abbreviation (CAN) indicates that a Canadian contributed to the development of theresource or that it includes Canadian content. Similarly, (SK) indicates that a Saskatchewan personcontributed to the development of the resource, or that it includes Saskatchewan content. (WNCP)indicates that the resource was selected through the evaluation processes of the Western andNorthern Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Education.The Ministry of Education expresses its appreciation to publishers, producers, and distributors whohave provided learning resources for evaluation, and gratefully acknowledges the contributionsmade by educators who served as evaluators. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | v
  6. 6. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Print and Visual Resources 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher Annick Press, Ltd. Distributor Firefly Books Ltd. 66 Leek CresAfter Hamelin RICHMOND HILL ON L4B 1H1 (800) 387-6192Author: Richardson, Bill Fax: (800) 450-0391Annotation E-mail: service@fireflybooks.com(CAN) A continuation of Robert Browning’s Website: www.fireflybooks.comtale of ”The Pied Piper“, this fantasy is narratedthrough one of the children who escaped the Price: $12.95 pbk.lure of the piper’s tune. Penelope, now 101 Pagination: 144 p.years old, recalls awaking at the age of 11 ISBN: 978-1-55037-628-9to discover she can no longer hear and that Copyright: 2000the other children have been spirited away. Year Recommended: 2004Bestowed with the gift of ”deep dreaming“,the young girl travels to the piper’s fortressto rescue the kidnapped children. Her questis forged with unique characters, mysticallandscapes, and perilous adventures. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 1
  7. 7. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Contexts: Personal and Philosophical Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher/DistributorAram’s Choice Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited 195 Allstate ParkwayAuthor: Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk MARKHAM ON L3R 4T8Illustrator: Wood, Marsha (800) 387-9776Annotation Fax: (800) 260-9777(CAN) Aram has survived the Armenian E-mail: bookinfo@fitzhenry.cagenocide in Turkey and now lives in an Website: www.fitzhenry.caorphanage in Greece. Aram can never return Price: $18.95 hdc.home. He finds out that he is one of 50 boys Pagination: 81 p.selected to immigrate to Canada. All he knows ISBN: 978-1-55041-352-6about Canada is that there is snow, plenty toeat, and no war. Aram has also heard that the Copyright: 2006trees are covered in gold. All he has to do is Year Recommended: 2008pluck the gold off the branches and he willhave enough money to bring his grandmotherto Canada. Readers will enjoy Aram’sadventures as he travels to this new land thathe can finally call home.Aram’s Choice was shortlisted for the 2007Silver Birch Express through the CanadianChildren’s Book Centre.2 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  8. 8. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Contexts: Communicative Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Holiday House, Inc.Blues Journey DistributorAuthor: Myers, Walter Dean Thomas Allen and Son LimitedIllustrator: Myers, Christopher 390 Steelcase Road EastAnnotation MARKHAM ON L3R 1G2Combined with paintings in blue, white, (905) 475-9126and brown, the author explores the poetry Fax: (800) 458-5504of the blues. Each call-and-response E-mail: info@t-allen.comillustrates an important moment in African- Website: www.thomas-allen.comAmerican history, including slavery, poverty, Price: $21.95 pbkdiscrimination, unrequited love, and mortality. Pagination: 48 p.The glossary and introduction outline the ISBN: 978-0-8234-1613-4metaphors entrenched in the lyrics. Thispicture book reveals the unsettling meaning Copyright: 2003behind deceptively simple poetry. Year Recommended: 2004 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 3
  9. 9. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6The Boggart 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Author: Cooper, Susan √Annotation Suggested Context: CommunicativeWhen old Mr. MacDevon dies in Scotland andbequeaths his crumbling castle to Jess’s and Publisher/DistributorEmily’s parents, the family travels to visit the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishingold home. When they return to Canada, the 100 Front Streetchildren discover that they have accidentally RIVERSIDE NJ 08075transported the castle’s boggart to their home. (800) 268-3848This mischievous Celtic spirit causes turmoil in Fax: (888) 849-8151their household until the children realize that E-mail: info@simonandschuster.cait wishes to return to Scotland. The youngsters Website: www.simonsays.comfind an ingenious method of shipping thecreature back to its ancient castle. This book Price: $4.60 pbk.is an interesting blend of Celtic magic and Pagination: 208 p.modern electronic wizardry. ISBN: 978-1-4169-0527-1 Copyright: 1995 Year Recommended: 19974 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  10. 10. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher Puffin Books DistributorBoys’ Own: An Anthology of Canbook Distribution ServicesCanadian Fiction for Young 195 Harry Walker PkyReaders NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3 (800) 399-6858Author: Wynne-Jones, Tim Fax: (800) 363-2665Annotation E-mail: inquiry@canbook.com Website: www.canbook.com(CAN) Wynne-Jones has selected a collectionof short stories from A.D. 1000 through the Price: $18.00 pbk.Second World War to the present time. The Pagination: 297 p.genres range from realistic to historical to ISBN: 978-0-14-130941-5science fiction. Many of Canada’s best knownand loved writers for young people are Copyright: 2001represented in this anthology. In addition to Year Recommended: 2005the Canadian content from all parts of Canada,students will appreciate the humour usedthroughout the anthology. The short storiesin this collection will appeal equally to bothsexes.Middle Level teachers will welcome thiscollection of short stories as a suitable resourcefor reading aloud. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 5
  11. 11. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Bridge to Terabithia 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Author: Paterson, Katherine √Illustrator: Diamond, Donna Suggested Context: Personal andAnnotation PhilosophicalJess and his new neighbour Leslie create an Publisher/Distributorimaginary kingdom called Terabithia where HarperCollins Canada Ltd.creativity and recognition of each other’s 1995 Markham Roadworth are valued. In this symbolic world, SCARBOROUGH ON M1B 5M8Jess’s daily frustrations with his teacher’s rigid (800) 387-0117thinking and his family’s lack of acceptance (416) 321-2241are dealt with and defeated. Jess sees that Fax: (800) 668-5788Leslie and her parents have no narrow E-mail: hcorder@harpercollins.comgender definitions and that, in their eyes, his Website: www.harpercollins.caartistic ability is praiseworthy. When Lesliedies accidentally, Jess’s father helps him find Price: $8.75 pbk.the inner resources to accept her death and Pagination: 191 p.continue his nonconformist pursuits. This time- ISBN: 978-0-06-125370-6tested novel offers well-drawn characterizationand use of symbolism. Copyright: 1977 Year Recommended: 1991Bridge to Terabithia won a Newbery Award in1978.6 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  12. 12. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher/ Napoleon Publishing/RendezVous PressBroken Circle Distributor Canbook Distribution ServicesAuthor: Dinsdale, Christopher 195 Harry Walker PkyAnnotation NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3(CAN) Angry at missing a week of summer (800) 399-6858video game entertainment, Jesse grudgingly Fax: (800) 363-2665follows through with his mother’s suggestion E-mail: inquiry@canbook.comthat he join his Uncle Matthew and cousin Website: www.canbook.comJason at Six Islands, on Georgian Bay, for a Price: $8.95 pbk.special camping trip. Uncle Matthew explains Pagination: 104 p.that Jesse’s late father wanted Jason’s vision ISBN: 978-1-89417-15-5quest to be his introduction to their FirstNation’s culture. During their first night Copyright: 2004around the campfire, Jesse has the vision and Year Recommended: 2008the adventure begins. He is swept back intime four hundred years and is transformedinto a majestic white-tailed deer. Jesse mustnow survive the expert hunting skills of hisancestors while rescuing his people beforethey are destroyed by warfare.Background information of some of theterminology used in the story will need to beprovided by the teacher. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 7
  13. 13. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ √ √ √ √ Suggested Use: Professional Resource Publisher AltaMira Press DistributorA Broken Flute: The Native The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group 15200 NBN WayExperience in Books for Children BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT PA 17214Editors: Seale, Doris and Slapin, Beverly (800) 462-6420 (717) 794-3800Annotation Fax: (800) 338-4550A Broken Flute is a collection of reviews that E-mail: custserve@rowman.comcritically evaluate children’s books about Website: www.rowmanlittlefield.com/Native Americans written between the early1900s and 2003. Stories, essays and poems Price: $36.95 U.S. pbk.accompany each review. The authors reviewed Pagination: 463 p.over 600 books and arranged by titles A-Z. The ISBN: 978-0-7591-0779-3selected titles cover pre-school, K-12 levels,and adult and teacher materials. Copyright: 2006 Year Recommended: 20088 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  14. 14. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Hyperion Books DistributorBrundibar H.B. Fenn & Company Ltd.Author: Kushner, Tony 34 Nixon RoadIllustrator: Sendak, Maurice BOLTON ON L7E 1W2 (800) 267-3366Annotation (905) 951-6600This allegorical tale is an adaptation of a Czech Fax: (800) 465-3422opera that was performed by children in a Nazi E-mail: sales@hbfenn.comconcentration camp. Unable to purchase milk Website: www.hbfenn.comfor their sick mother, the two children attemptto earn money by singing in the streets. The Price: $29.95 hdc.Brundibar, a terrifying organ grinder, chases Pagination: 56 p.the street urchins and the two siblings away. ISBN: 978-0-7868-0904-2The children accompanied by three animals, Copyright: 2003band together to defeat the bully. Infused withsymbolic religious and political illustrations, Year Recommended: 2004this tale weaves the glory of childhood and ahorrific historical subtext. Unlike classic talesof the triumphant over evil, a note from theBrundibar stating his imminent return leavesreaders with an ominous ending.This tale works on many levels – as a picturebook or an introduction to the Holocaust. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 9
  15. 15. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ √ √ √ √ Suggested Use: Language Publisher/Distributor Cambridge University Press 66 Pine Street South PORT HOPE ON L1A 3G1The Cambridge Encyclopedia of (877) 406-5248the English Language. 2nd ed. (905) 885- 9315 Fax: (877) 406-5249Author: Crystal, David E-mail: orders@cup.orgAnnotation Website: www.cambridge.orgThis book provides a comprehensive Price: $39.95 hdc.exploration of the history, structure, and Pagination: 506 p.variety of English in its oral and written forms. ISBN: 978-0-521-53033-0Numerous photographs, information boxes,and charts illustrate varied topics such as Copyright: 2003the structure of sentences, the language of Year Recommended: 2004sports, changes to English, lexical twins, a shortbiography of Roget, modern punctuation, andhumour. The book contains a table of contents,glossary of specialized language terms, indexof linguistic terms, index of personalities, andindex of topics.10 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  16. 16. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ √ Suggested Use: Professional Resource Publisher/Distributor Pembroke Publishers Ltd. 538 Hood Road MARKHAM ON L3R 3K9Classroom Events through Poetry (800) 977-9807 (905) 477-0650Author: Swartz, Larry Fax: (800) 339-5568Annotation E-mail: mary@pembrokepublishers.com(CAN, WNCP) This resource describes Website: www.pembrokepublishers.comnumerous strategies that promote reading,writing, and responding to poetry. The book Price: $12.95 pbk.explores activities such as poetry graffiti, Pagination: 128 p.selecting the poem of the week, finding ISBN: 978-1-55138-008-7poems in unusual places, looking at the work Copyright: 1993of a poet, and writing poems with different Year Recommended: 1997patterns. Included are a table of contents,index, and bibliography of poetry collections. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 11
  17. 17. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Communicative Publisher/Distributor Orca Book Publishers Canada PO Box 5626, Stn. B VICTORIA BC V8R 6S4Cougar Cove (800) 210-5277 (250) 380-1229Author: Lawson, Julie Fax: (877) 408-1551Annotation E-mail: orca@orcabook.com(CAN) While visiting her cousins on Vancouver Website: www.orcabook.comIsland, 11-year-old Samantha escapes the Price: $8.95 pbkchildren’s teasing by exploring a nearby wood.There she encounters a cougar and her cubs. Pagination: 144 p.The experience changes Sam’s summer and ISBN: 978-1-55143-072-0her understanding of wildlife. This is a slowly Copyright: 2004evolving novel suitable for students interested Year Recommended: 2005in the natural environment of the west coast.12 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  18. 18. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6The Crazy Man 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Author: Porter, Pamela √Annotation Suggested Contexts: Personal and(SK) After becoming injured and disabled in a Philosophicalfarm accident, and experiencing the break-up Social, Cultural, andof her family, Emaline learns to carry on with Historicallife in small-town Saskatchewan during the1960s. In an effort to manage the farm work, PublisherEmaline and her mother come to count on Groundwood BooksAngus, a ”Crazy Man“ from the local hospitalfor people with mental illness. Angus is Distributor HarperCollins Canada Ltd.ostracized from the local community out of 1995 Markham Roadfear instead of fact. In the unfolding events, SCARBOROUGH ON M1B 5M8Emaline’s self-concept and personal standards (800) 387-0117take shape. Angus becomes part of the (416) 321-2241healing process and the economic success of Fax: (800) 668-5788Emaline and her mother. Told in narrative form, E-mail: hcorder@harpercollins.comEmaline’s first-person voice tells a story of a Website: www.harpercollins.cayoung girl’s struggle to sort out the adult worldaround her. Price: $9.95 pbk. Pagination: 214 p. ISBN: 978-0-88899-695-4 Copyright: 2005 Year Recommended: 2006 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 13
  19. 19. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ Suggested Use: Comprehension Publisher/Distributor Scholastic Canada Ltd. 175 Hillmount Road MARKHAM ON L6C 1Z7Critical Literacy: Enhancing (800) 268-3860Students’ Comprehension of Text Fax: (800) 387-4944 E-mail: custserve@scholastic.caAuthors: McLaughlin, Maureen and DeVoogd, Website: www.scholastic.caGlenn L.Annotation Price: $26.99 pbk.In part one of this book, the authors provide Pagination: 176 p.teachers with information on how they can ISBN: 978-0-439-62804-4engage students to learn to comprehend Copyright: 2004from a critical viewpoint. Students need to Year Recommended: 2008learn to view text with a critical lens so theyunderstand how we are influenced by text.Part two includes examples of critical literacyby focusing on challenging the text, exploringidentities, and seeing beyond biases. The bookencourages the reader to think about multipleperspectives or voices, question, problemsolve, and make connections between the textand the world.Note: American references are used asexamples – teachers will need to adapt theideas to meet the curriculum.From CRITICAL LITERACY: ENHANCING STUDENTS’ COMPREHENSION OF TEXT by Maureen McLaughlin and Glenn L. Devoogd. Scholastic Inc./Teaching Resources. Copyright © 2004 by Maureen McLaughlin and Glenn L. Devoogd. Reprinted with permission.14 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  20. 20. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Napoleon Publishing/RendezVous PressDiscovering the Arctic: The Story Distributorof John Rae Canbook Distribution Services 195 Harry Walker PkyAuthor: Wilson, John NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3Illustrator: Milkau, Liz (800) 399-6858Annotation Fax: (800) 363-2665(CAN) In storybook style, Wilson has recorded E-mail: inquiry@canbook.comthe work of British explorer John Rae. The Website: www.canbook.comHudson Bay Company hired Rae as a doctor, Price: $18.95 hdc.but his skills as an outdoors person helped Pagination: 73 p.him survive the harsh conditions. In 1845, the ISBN: 978-0-929141-88-6British government charged Rae to discoverthe Northwest Passage after the failed Copyright: 2003Franklin expedition. Where Franklin met with Year Recommended: 2006adversity and death, Rae learned from theInuit the skills and techniques necessary tosurvive. Information regarding the story ofthe fateful Franklin expedition is reported. Thevisual maps, pictures, and headings make thecontent accessible.This book was a finalist in 2004 for the NormaFleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 15
  21. 21. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher Napoleon Publishing/RendezVous Press DistributorDragon in the Clouds Canbook Distribution ServicesAuthor: Nelson, Rosemary 195 Harry Walker Pky NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3Annotation (800) 399-6858(CAN) Dragon in the Clouds, an adventure set Fax: (800) 363-2665in the Okanagan Valley, contains slapstick E-mail: inquiry@canbook.comhumour that most students will enjoy. The Website: www.canbook.comstory is narrated by 12-year-old Nikki whoresents the arrival of her cousin, Trevor, who is Price: $7.95 hdc.in a wheelchair. Over the summer, the cousins Pagination: 159 p.become friends and make major strides in their ISBN: 978-0-929141-22-0maturity. Copyright: 1994 Year Recommended: 200516 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  22. 22. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher/Distributor Scholastic Canada Ltd. 175 Hillmount RoadDragon Rider MARKHAM ON L6C 1Z7 (800) 268-3860Author: Funke, Cornelia Fax: (800) 387-4944Annotation E-mail: custserve@scholastic.caThe author creates a fantasy about the Website: www.scholastic.caextinction of the dragons from their foes. Price: $18.99 pbk.Firedrake, the youngest dragon, must leave Pagination: 523 p.the northern valley on the advice of the eldest ISBN: 978-0-439-45695-1dragon if the dragon race is to be saved.Sorrel, the brownie, an orphaned Scottish boy Copyright: 2004who becomes the dragon rider and Twigleg, Year Recommended: 2005a homunculus, who keeps trying to read themap, accompanies Firedrake. Firedrake mustreturn to the Hidden City in the Himalayasor suffer discovery and destruction by thehumans. Funke has created a journey that isfull of surprises and treachery to delight allfantasy readers.Jacket illustration copyright © 2004 by Don Seegmiller from DRAGON RIDER by Cornelia Funke. Scholastic Inc./The Chicken House. Reprintedwith permission. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 17
  23. 23. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher Hougthon Mifflin Harcourt DistributorEast Thomas Allen and Son LimitedAuthor: Pattau, Edith 390 Steelcase Road East Markham ON L3R 1G2Annotation (905) 475-9126A compelling novelization of the folktale Fax: (800) 458-5504”East of the Sun and West of the Moon“, this E-mail: info@t-allen.comis a good resource to use in the study and Website: www.thomas-allen.comdiscussion of superstition. Pattou’s writingplaces readers between myth and fantasy in Price: $11.95 pbk.this fairy tale that involves magic, superstition, Pagination: 516 p.and suspense. Many universal themes are ISBN: 978-0-15-205221-8dealt with in this story. Family dynamics andhow they are influenced by individual and Copyright: 2003family values are most evident. Rose is a female Year Recommended: 2005explorer, which makes this story interestingbecause most explorers are male.18 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  24. 24. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song: A 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Community Celebration √AnnotationDeveloped from the Circle of Courage Suggested Contexts: CommunicativeSharing Symposium, this resource includes Social, Cultural, anda CD, song, and storybook. The collection is Historicala collaboration among Elders, students, and Publisher/Distributorthe community. While interviewing Elders to Regina Public Schoolslearn about their life stories, Mr. Larry Long, Circle of Courage Sharing Symposiumteachers, and students created recitations and 1600 4th Avenuesongs. Through this process of sharing and REGINA SK S4R 8C8community celebration, all saw what they have (306) 523-3000in common, how to learn from each other, and E-mail: info@rbe.sk.cahow important it is to have a sense of place in Website: www.rbe.sk.cathe community. Includes a CD-Rom with thestories and songs. Pagination: 25 p. Copyright: 2006 Year Recommended: 2008 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 19
  25. 25. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher Hougton Mifflin Harcourt DistributorThe End of the Beginning: Being Thomas Allen and Son Limitedthe Adventures of a Small Snail 390 Steelcase Road East(and an Even Smaller Ant). 1st ed. Markham ON L3R 1G2 (905) 475-9126Author: Avi Fax: (800) 458-5504Illustrator: Tusa, Tricia E-mail: info@t-allen.comAnnotation Website: www.thomas-allen.comAlthough Avi has written a modern fable for Price: $9.50 pbk.our times, elements from classic fairy tales are Pagination: 143 p.prevalent. The Snail is a reader, so he knowsthat everyone leaves on a journey to find ISBN: 978-0-15-205535-5adventure. Some insightful things about life Copyright: 2004in general unfold: ”here“ and ”there“ are not Year Recommended: 2005much different; while getting lost is easy, it isfinding oneself that is hard; whether rushingor going slowly, one still arrives; it is moreimportant to look at the world with one’s heartthan just with one’s eyes. The book plays on thewords ”beginning“ and ”end“. Illustrated by theword play is the paradox that one has to leavehome to find home.20 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  26. 26. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Contexts: Personal and Philosophical Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Tundra Books Inc.Finding Sophie DistributorAuthor: Watts, Irene N. United Library ServicesAnnotation 7140 Fairmount Drive SE(CAN) Author Irene Watts tells the story of CALGARY AB T2H 0X47-year-old Sophie Mandel who arrives on the (888) 342-5857first Kindertransport from Germany. She makes Fax: (800) 661-2706a good life in England with a family friend, E-mail: orderdesk@uls.comAuntie Em. When she is 14, she receives word Website: www.uls.comthat her non-Jewish mother has died, but her Price: $9.99 pbk.Jewish father has survived. It is then that her Pagination: 144 p.world is truly turned upside down as she dealswith both her grief and her confusion about ISBN: 978-0-88776-613-8who she is and where she belongs. Copyright: 2002 Year Recommended: 2005 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 21
  27. 27. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Fight for the Right 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Author: Elliott, Carol M. √Annotation Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, andPart of the Fluency Theatre Series, this booklet Historicalexamines social reform and some of theindividuals who fought injustice. Guided by Publishereducators who set the stage, students will Steck-Vaughnexamine historical social reform. The series isAmerican, but can serve as a starting point to Distributor Nelson Education Ltd.discuss issues such as child labour, slavery, and 1120 Birchmount Roadpoverty. TORONTO ON M1K 5G4 (800) 268-2222 Fax: (800) 430-4445 E-mail: inquire@nelson.com Website: www.nelson.com Price: $47.95 (6 pack of books) pbk. Pagination: 188 p. ISBN: 978-14-1902242-5 Copyright: 2007 Year Recommended: 200822 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  28. 28. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Flood 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Author: Heneghan, James √Annotation Suggested Context: Personal and(CAN) After a devastating flood claims the lives Philosophicalof Andy’s mother and stepfather, the 11-year-old boy is sent to live with his aunt in Halifax. PublisherUpon learning that his father is still alive, Andy Groundwood Booksflees his harsh environment in search of aman he has long forgotten. After finding his Distributor HarperCollins Canada Ltd.dysfunctional father, Andy assumes the role 1995 Markham Roadof an adult due to his father’s unreliability and SCARBOROUGH ON M1B 3M8lack of parental skills. Heneghan infuses Irish (800) 387-0117folklore as the Sheehogue, or fairies, follow (416) 321-2241Andy and serve as protectors. As Andy returns Fax: (800) 668-5788to his aunt’s house, he discovers a place where E-mail: hcorder@harpercollins.comhe belongs. Website: www.harpercollins.ca Price: $12.95 pbk. Pagination: 188 p. ISBN:978-0-88899-466-0 Copyright: 2002 Year Recommended: 2004 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 23
  29. 29. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher Puffin Books DistributorGirls’ Own: An Anthology of Canbook Distribution ServicesCanadian Fiction for Young 195 Harry Walker PkyReaders NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3Author: Ellis, Sarah (800) 399-6858 Fax: (800) 363-2665Annotation E-mail: inquiry@canbook.com(CAN) This collection of short stories contains Website: www.canbook.coma variety of themes and genres that will appealto both genders. Many of the 13 short stories Price: $18.00 pbk.are from novels such as The Breadwinner by Pagination: 348 p.Deborah Ellis, The Belonging Place by Jean ISBN: 978-0-14-130993-4Little, and Julie by Cora Taylor. Ellis has included Copyright: 2001other notable Canadian writers such as Joan Year Recommended: 2005Clark, Julie Johnson, and Jan Hudson.This book would be interesting to read aloudto foster students’ listening skills.24 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  30. 30. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher/Distributor Afton Historical Society Press PO Box 100The Good Path: Ojibwe Learning AFTON MN 55001 USA (800) 436-8443and Activity Book for Kids (651) 436-8443Authors: Peacock, Thomas and Wisuri, Fax: (651) 436-7354Marlene E-mail: aftonpress@aftonpress.com Website: www.aftonpress.comAnnotationThis book is an illustrated history of Obijwe Price: $17.95 hdc.culture that focuses on the teachings of Pagination: 128 p.the Good Path. Nine core values are the ISBN: 978-1-890434-53-1fundamental basis of Ojibwe philosophy.Through Native American narratives, students Copyright: 2005will learn about Grandmother Moon, the Megis Year Recommended: 2008shell, and the souls of plants and animals.Through Ojibwe history, discover how tradingposts, treaties, and warfare affected NativeAmericans. There are activities designed forstudents to discover ways to follow the GoodPath’s wisdom every day. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 25
  31. 31. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher Bloomsbury DistributorThe Goose Girl Canbook Distribution Services 195 Harry Walker PkyAuthor: Hale, Shannon NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3Annotation (800) 399-6858Hale has written an original tale similar to the Fax: (800) 363-2665Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became E-mail: inquiry@canbook.coma goose girl before she could become queen. Website: www.canbook.comAnodori, Crown Princess of Kildenree (a.k.a. Price: $10.00 pbk.Ani), spends her first years under her aunt’s Pagination: 400 p.guidance learning to communicate with ISBN: 978-1-58234-990-9animals, but she is never comfortable speakingwith people. When her silver-tongued lady- Copyright: 2003in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey Year Recommended: 2005to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helplessand cannot persuade anyone to assist her.Becoming a goose girl for the king, Anieventually uses her own special, nearly magicalpowers to find her way to her destiny. Ani isa girl who must find her own unusual talentsbefore she becomes queen of the people shehas made her own.26 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  32. 32. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ Suggested Use: Comprehension Publisher/Distributor International Reading Association PO Box 8139, 800 Barksdale Road NEWARK DE 19714-8139 (800) 336-7323Guided Comprehension in Action: Fax: (302) 737-0878Lessons for Grades 3-8 E-mail: customerservice@reading.orgAuthors: Allen, Mary Beth and McLaughlin, Website: www.reading.orgMaureen Price: $24.95 U.S. pbk.Annotation Pagination: 186 p.Designed to complement Guided ISBN: 978-0-87207-343-2Comprehension: A Teaching Model for Grades3-8, this resource provides an array of Copyright: 2002instructional strategies to actively develop Year Recommended: 2006students’ reading comprehension. Each ofthe contextual-based chapters features aninstructional overview, strategy-based lessonplans, samples of student work, and relatedresources. Multiple modes of response, criticalanalysis of materials, and a variety of textsare embedded within the suggested themes.Teaching ideas and blackline masters thatsupport strategy applications are appended. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 27
  33. 33. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher/Distributor Raincoast Books 9050 Shaughnessy Street VANCOUVER BC V6P 6E5Hearts of Gold: Stories of Courage, (604) 323-7100Dedication and Triumph from Fax: (604) 323-2600Canadian Olympians E-mail: info@raincoast.comAuthor: Zeiler, Lorne Website: www.raincoast.comAnnotation Price: $19.95 pbk.(CAN) Zeiler wrote this book to inspire youth Pagination: 160 p.to represent their country by competing in ISBN: 978-1-55192-684-1sports events such as the Olympics, but more Copyright: 2004importantly, he documents the establishmentof the Special Olympics in 1968. Each chapter Year Recommended: 2005focuses on an individual Canadian athleteand how he or she became a Canadian hero.The author introduces each sport played inthe summer and winter events, as well asthe various team and demonstration sports.The text has humourous anecdotes andphotographs of the Olympic and SpecialOlympic athletes and teams. Special mentionis made of the fact that the World SpecialOlympic Games was the largest sporting eventin the world in 1995. This collection of essaysshows the courage, dedication, perseverance,achievements, and losses of the Olympians.28 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  34. 34. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Contexts: Environmental and Technological Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher/Distributor Scholastic Canada Ltd.Hiroshima 175 Hillmount RoadAuthor: Yep, Laurence MARKHAM ON L6C 1Z7 (800) 268-3860Annotation Fax: (800) 387-4944Framed by chapters that detail the Enola Gay’s E-mail: custserve@scholastic.caflight and its aftermath, this novella describes Website: www.scholastic.cathe experiences of 12-year-old Sachi as shesurvives the blast, hides for years because Price: $6.99 pbk.of facial scarring, and is sent to America for Pagination: 64 p.restorative surgery. Sachi’s story presents a ISBN: 978-0-590-20833-8brief, powerful statement about the effects ofwar on innocent civilians. Copyright: 1995 Year Recommended: 1997Jacket illustration copyright © 1995 by Joel Peter Johnson from HIROSHIMA by Laurence Yep. Reprinted by permission of Scholastic Inc. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 29
  35. 35. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher/Distributor Scholastic Canada Ltd. 175 Hillmount Road MARKHAM ON L6C 1Z7A Hole in the World (800) 268-3860Author: Hite, Sid Fax: (800) 387-4944 E-mail: custserve@scholastic.caAnnotation Website: www.scholastic.caPaul Shackleford is sent to Virginia to live onthe farm of a distant relative for the summer Price: $8.99 pbk.as punishment for lying to help a friend. Paul Pagination: 208 p.apparently resembles a former farmhand, ISBN: 978-0-439-09831-1Hennley Gray, who died during the previousyear on the farm. Paul thinks he is about to Copyright: 2001have an uneventful summer, but he has an Year Recommended: 2005eye-opening experience when everyone onthe farm seems to be haunted by the death ofthe much-loved and admired farmhand. Pauldiscovers the truth behind the hole in thisworld created by this man’s death. What Paullearns about life and relationships changeshim.Jacket art copyright © 2001 by Limbert Fabian from A HOLE IN THE WORLD by Sid Hite. Scholastic Inc./Scholastic Press. Reprinted bypermission.30 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  36. 36. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ √ Suggested Use: Comprehension Publisher/Distributor Pembroke Publishers Ltd. 538 Hood Road MARKHAM ON L3R 3K9I Read It, But I Don’t Get It: (800) 997-9807 (905) 477-0650Comprehension Strategies for Fax: (800) 339-5568Adolescent Readers E-mail: mary@pembrokepublishers.comAuthor: Tovani, Cris Website: www.pembrokepublishers.comAnnotation Price: $23.95 pbk.Many useful ideas for improving adolescents’ Pagination: 152 p.comprehension are included in this volume. ISBN: 978-1-57110-089-4I Read It, But I Don’t Get It is organized intothree parts. Parts 1 and 2 contain chapters Copyright: 2003that pertain to topics such as ”Fake Reading“, Year Recommended: 2006”Connecting the New to the Known“, and”What’s the Plan?“ Each chapter begins witha student quote and an anecdote involving aproblem in reading encountered by the authorin an actual classroom of adolescent students.The strategies presented in the book are basedon research that defines the thinking strategiesused by proficient readers. The roles of purposein reading, motivation, and use of priorexperiences constitute the basis for many ofthe strategies. The book is in line with currentideas regarding effective reading instruction.The notion that meaning in reading isconstructed as readers interact with text isat the root of the strategies presented. Part 3consists of three short appendices that containforms to be used to facilitate implementationof the strategies presented in the precedingchapters. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 31
  37. 37. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt DistributorIce Drift Thomas Allen and Son LimitedAuthor: Taylor, Theodore 390 Steelcase Road East Markham ON L3R 1G2Annotation (905) 475-9126(CAN) In 1868, a day of seal hunting takes a Fax: (800) 458-5504terrible turn for Alika and Sulu. The ice floe they E-mail: info@t-allen.comare standing on starts to break free from land. Website: www.thomas-allen.comThe two boys watch as the land disappears andthey start to drift south, away from family and Price: $7.95 pbk.home. While on the ice floe, the two boys must Pagination: 224 p.find food and shelter, and protect themselves ISBN: 978-0-15-205550-9from the bitterly cold elements and the polarbears. After months of floating by themselves, Copyright: 2005the two boys realize that the help they need Year Recommended: 2008may never come and they must find a way tosurvive on their own.There are incidents in the book that mayrequire additional student backgroundinformation. An example includes the birthingprocess where women would spend threeweeks alone in an iglu. Use of the term”Eskimo“ would also require explanation.The book includes an Inuit glossary and areader chat page.32 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  38. 38. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Environmental and Technological Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt DistributorInto the Air: The Story of the Thomas Allen and Son LimitedWright Brothers’ First Flight 390 Steelcase Road East Markham ON L3R 1G2Author: Burleigh, Robert (905) 475-9126Illustrator: Wylie, Robert Fax: (800) 458-5504 E-mail: info@t-allen.comAnnotation Website: www.thomas-allen.comInto the Air: The Story of the Wright Brothers’First Flight is a graphic novel that tells the story Price: $7.99 pbk.surrounding the first flight by the Americans, Pagination: 48 p.Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, North ISBN: 978-0-15-216803-2Carolina. This visually appealing format givessome background information about earlier Copyright: 2002flight attempts around the world. Year Recommended: 2005 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 33
  39. 39. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Contexts: Environmental and Technological Personal and Philosophical Publisher/DistributorIsland Trilogy Scholastic Canada Ltd. 175 Hillmount RoadAuthor: Korman, Gord MARKHAM ON L6C 1Z7Annotation (800) 268-3860(CAN) In this trilogy, six troubled teens learn Fax: (800) 387-4944about cooperation and teamwork. E-mail: custserve@scholastic.ca Website: www.scholastic.caIn Shipwreck, six teens from variousbackgrounds are placed aboard a sailboat to Price: $6.99 pbk.learn about co-operation and teamwork. After Copyright: 2001the captain is swept overboard during a violent Year Recommended: 2006storm and the First Mate deserts the teens,they are forced to learn their lessons in a muchmore dramatic way than anyone anticipated. Title ISBNAfter landing on an island, the teens face many Book One: Shipwreck 978-0-439-54416-0challenges and obstacles and they must draw Book Two: Survival 978-0-439-16457-3on the lessons of co-operation and teamwork Book Three: Escape 978-0-439-16452-8learned on the sailboat. Survival combinesphysical, environmental, and personal conflictsto provide a context for learning and growing.The final book in the Island Trilogy wraps upthe adventure and solves the mystery relatedto other visitors to the island. In order to savethemselves, the stranded teens must drawupon personal and group resources to outwitthe outlaws. Each of them must also face andaccept that rescue may never happen. Theaddition of a historical element adds an extradimension to the suspense and may motivatestudents to do further research.Jacket photograph by Kelly La Duke from THE ISLAND, Book III: ESCAPE by Gordon Korman. Jacket photograph copyright © 2001 by ScholasticInc. Reprinted by permission of Scholastic Inc.34 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  40. 40. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher Ronsdale Press DistributorJeannie & the Gentle Giants LitDistCo LPG Distribution CollectiveAuthor: Armstrong, Luanne 100 Armstrong AvenueAnnotation GEORGETOWN ON L7G 5S4(CAN) Jeannie’s life is in turmoil after her (800) 591-6250mother’s collapse. Jeannie is moved into foster Fax: (800) 591-6251care because there are no relatives that she E-mail: orders@litdistco.cacan count on for support. Jeannie is angry and Website: www.litdistco.ca/confused because she has never been in thesituation where she had to depend on other Price: $8.95 pbk.people. On top of it all, she must live with Pagination: 152 p.first-time foster parents, Susan and Tom, in a ISBN: 978-0-92187-091-3rural area near Kelowna. At first, Jeannie feels Copyright: 2002isolated and out of her element, but through Year Recommended: 2005the compassion of her foster parents andtheir neighbours, Jeannie discovers the greatoutdoors and the neighbours’ gentle gianthorses. Through friendship and unconditionallove, Jeannie matures into a self-confidentperson. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 35
  41. 41. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Imaginative and Literary Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Distributor Thomas Allen and Son LimitedJeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher 390 Steelcase Road EastAuthor: Coville, Bruce Markham ON L3R 1G2Illustrator: Lippincott, Gary A. (905) 475-9126 Fax: (800) 458-5504Annotation E-mail: info@t-allen.comCoville has written a fantasy that will appeal Website: www.thomas-allen.comto many students. Jeremy is a 12-year-oldplagued with problems; he is small for his age Price: $7.95 pbk.and is always picked on by Mary Lou Hutton Pagination: 168 p.whom he detests. To avoid Mary Lou, Jeremy ISBN: 978-0-15-206252-1enters a shop and purchases what he thinks isa ball, but it turns out to be a dragon’s egg that Copyright: 2007hatches. Students will enjoy the humour and Year Recommended: 2008the adventures of Jeremy and his friends.36 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  42. 42. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Penguin Books Canada Limited DistributorKeeley: The Girl from Turtle Canbook Distribution ServicesMountain 195 Harry Walker PkyAuthor: Ellis, Deborah NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B3 (800) 399-6858Annotation Fax: (800) 363-2665(CAN) This resource, which is part of the Our E-mail: inquiry@canbook.comCanadian Girl Series, introduces students to Website: www.canbook.comone of the worst landslides in North Americanhistory. Keeley moves to Frank with her Price: $8.99 pbk.father who is looking for employment in the Pagination: 120 p.coalmine. Left alone to care for herself while ISBN: 978-0-14-301484-3her father works, she accepts a dare to stay Copyright: 2004in a tunnel of Turtle Mountain when a tremoroccurs that shakes the mountain. This ordeal Year Recommended: 2005foreshadows the disaster that occurred in1903. Cora Hind, a woman journalist, questionsthe workers’ safety at the mine, in spite of themining company’s optimism. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 37
  43. 43. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher/Distributor Kids Can Press 29 Birch AvenueThe Kids Book of Black Canadian TORONTO ON M4V 1E2 (800) 265-0884History (416) 925-5437Author: Sadlier, Rosemary Fax: (416) 960-5437Illustrator: Wang, Qijun E-mail: customerservice@kidscanpress.com Website: www.kidscanpress.comAnnotation(CAN) This book introduces a seldom-told Price: $19.95 hdc.aspect of Canada’s history. Tracing history Pagination: 56 p.from over 400 years ago, this well-illustrated ISBN: 978-1-55074-892-5book tells the story of the men and womenwho fought oppression and discrimination Copyright: 2003against Black Canadians. Whether it was Year Recommended: 2005slavery in New France, the UndergroundRailroad, prairie settlers, or the moderncelebrations of Caribbean heritage, the storyof Black Canadians will fascinate students asthey discover a new element of their country’shistory. An index and timeline are included.38 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  44. 44. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher/Distributor Kids Can Press 29 Birch AvenueThe Kids Book of Canadian History TORONTO ON M4V 1E2 (800) 265-0884Author: Hacker, Carlotta (416) 925-5437Illustrator: Mantha, John Fax: (416) 960-5437Annotation E-mail: customerservice@kidscanpress.com(CAN) This illustrated book provides students Website: www.kidscanpress.comwith an interesting look at our history from Price: $19.95 hdc.the earliest times to the 21st century. Each of Pagination: 72 p.the short sections examines topics such as ISBN: 978-1-55074-868-0Canada’s first people, traders and explorers, lifeat mid-century, the great north-west, and the Copyright: 2002swinging sixties. Colourful drawings, maps, fact Year Recommended: 2005boxes, profiles of famous people, and timelinescreate an excellent picture of Canada’s history.An index is included. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 39
  45. 45. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ Suggested Use: Vocabulary Publisher/Distributor Nelson Education Ltd. 1120 Birchmount Road SCARBOROUGH ON M1K 5G4Knowing Words: Creating Word- (800) 268-2222rich Classrooms Fax: (800) 430-4445 E-mail: inquire@nelson.comAuthor: McQuirter Scott, Ruth Website: www.nelson.com/Annotation Price: $35.95 pbk.The book contains strategies so educators can Pagination: 278 p.teach students about words to understand ISBN: 978-0-17-633691-2word patterns, increase vocabulary, and usewords to convey meaning to become effective Copyright: 2008communicators. The activities in the book have Year Recommended: 2008vocabulary instruction infused throughout sostudents gain a deeper understanding. Thereare chapters on how words can paint pictures,persuade, and entertain. Sections are includedon vocabulary instruction for English languagelearners and on assessing word knowledge.40 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  46. 46. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Dundurn Press Ltd.Last Days in Africville Distributor University of Toronto PressAuthor: Perkyns, 5201 Dufferin St.Annotation DOWNSVIEW ON M3H 5T8(CAN) Twelve-year-old Selina Palmer is (800) 565-9523growing up in the Halifax community of (416) 667-7777Africville. Selina is the only black child in Fax: (800) 221-9985her class and daily endures discrimination E-mail: utpbooks@utpress.utoronto.cafrom her classmates. One girl in particular, Website: www.utpublishing.comDoreen, bullies her relentlessly because of Price: $9.95 pbk.her race. Selina makes one friend, Rosalind, Pagination: 144 p.and is hurt when Rosalind’s mother forbids ISBN: 978-0-88878-446-9their friendship. Selina’s refuge is her home inAfricville, where she is surrounded by the love Copyright: 2003and warmth of her family and community. The Year Recommended: 2006city of Halifax does not see these strengths inthe community. It sees only the dilapidatedhouses, the lack of plumbing, and the crowdedconditions. It becomes obvious that the city isgoing to destroy Africville, and that the tight-knit community will be scattered.One strength of this novel is its portrayalof the effects of discrimination – the dailyhumiliations, the lack of opportunity, and thesense of powerlessness.The Saskatchewan Young Readers’ ChoiceWillow Awards Committee nominated LastDays in Africville for the 2005 Diamond WillowAward.Cover reprinted with permission from Dundurn Press Ltd. Copyright 2006. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 41
  47. 47. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Contexts: Communicative Social, Cultural, and Historical Publisher Houghton Mifflin HarcourtThe Librarian of Basra: A True DistributorStory from Iraq. 1st ed. Thomas Allen and Son Limited 390 Steelcase Road EastAuthor: Winter, Jeannette Markham ON L3R 1G2Annotation (905) 475-9126The simple text, limited vocabulary, and Fax: (800) 458-5504uncomplicated sentence structure create a E-mail: info@t-allen.compicture book with complex, mature concepts. Website: www.thomas-allen.comThe illustrations form a clear representation ofthe ideas in the book. Based on a true event, Price: $21.95 hdcthe librarian at Basra enlisted the help of the Pagination: 32 p.community to save over 70 percent of the ISBN: 978-0-15-205445-8collection in the library. The library was burned Copyright: 2005in the war and conflict that engulfed Basra, Iraq Year Recommended: 2006in 2003.The story can provide a springboard fordiscussion that can involve the love of booksand literature, the importance of libraries ina community, a respect for knowledge, andthe implications of war on individuals andcommunities. It can also be an entry point formore work on the war in Iraq.The illustrations, similar to the Ted Harrisonstyle, present a rich resource for viewing andrepresenting.42 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  48. 48. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6The Lion, the Witch and the 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Wardrobe √Author: Lewis, C.S. Suggested Context: Imaginative andAnnotation LiteraryThe adventure begins when four childrenopen a door in the wardrobe and enter the Publisher/Distributorworld of Narnia. This is the classic tale of the HarperCollins Canada Ltd.four children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, 1995 Markham Roadwho discover and travel in the land of Narnia. SCARBOROUGH ON M1B 5M8The children from London stumble through (800) 387-0117the back of the wardrobe in the professor’s (416) 321-2241mysterious old house and discover the magic Fax: (800) 668-5788world beyond. The children meet Aslan, the E-mail: hcorder@harpercollins.comGreat Lion, and help him triumph over the Website: www.harpercollins.caWhite Witch who has cursed the land with Price: $9.99 pbk.eternal winter. After their experience, the livesof the children are forever changed. Pagination: 224 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-076544-6 Copyright: 2005 Year Recommended: 2005 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 43
  49. 49. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ √ √ √ √ Suggested Use: Instructional Strategies Publisher Allyn and Bacon Distributor Pearson EducationLiteracy Strategies Across the 195 Harry Walker Parkway NorthSubject Areas: Process-oriented NEWMARKET ON L3Y 7B4Blackline Masters for the K-12 (800) 567-3800Classroom. 2nd ed. Fax: (800) 263-7733Authors: Wood, Karen D. and Taylor, D. Bruce E-mail: school_inquiries@pearsoned.com Website: www.pearsoncanada.caAnnotationThe book contains process-oriented graphic Price: $52.95 pbk.organizers to engage students in strategies to Pagination: 128 p.enhance their understanding of various topics ISBN: 978-0-205-43712-2under study. Many of the strategies included Copyright: 2006in the book aim for the gradual release of Year Recommended: 2008responsibility by the teacher to the student.The strategies are also effective for studentswho need additional language support, suchas English as an Additional Language learners.44 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  50. 50. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6Looking for X 6 7 8 9 10 11 12Author: Ellis, Deborah √Annotation Suggested Context: Personal and(CAN) This novel is told from the perspective Philosophicalof Khyber, aged 11, who feels isolated both atschool and at home where she lives with her Publishersingle mother and autistic twin brothers. Her Groundwood Booksonly friend is a bag lady whom she meets fromtime to time in a nearby park. When Khyber is Distributoraccused of vandalizing school property, she HarperCollins Canada Ltd.seeks out the elusive bag lady to testify to her 1995 Markham Roadinnocence. The book gives insight into the SCARBOROUGH ON M1B 5M8thinking of a young girl living in poverty in (800) 387-0117Toronto. (416) 321-2241 Fax: (800) 668-5788 E-mail: hcorder@harpercollins.com Website: www.harpercollins.ca Price: $7.95 pbk. Pagination: 144 p. ISBN: 978-0-88899-378-6 Copyright: 1999 Year Recommended: 2000 English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 45
  51. 51. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ Suggested Context: Personal and Philosophical Publisher/Distributor Kids Can Press 29 Birch AvenueLucy Maud Montgomery: A TORONTO ON M4V 1E2Writer’s Life (800) 265-0884 (416) 925-5437Author: MacLeod, Elizabeth Fax: (416) 960-5437Illustrator: Mantha, John E-mail: customerservice@kidscanpress.comAnnotation Website: www.kidscanpress.com(CAN) This book is a brief biography of Price: $5.95 pbk.one of Canada’s most famous writers, Lucy Pagination: 32 p.Maud Montgomery. MacLeod shows how ISBN: 978-1-55453-056-4Montgomery wove certain parts of her ownlife into her writing. Original photographs and Copyright: 2001writings from Montgomery’s diary provide Year Recommended: 2005an easy-to-read biography. A time frame ofMontgomery’s life, a list of websites, and anindex are included.46 | English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6
  52. 52. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 √ √ √ √ Suggested Uses: Reading and Writing Publisher/Distributor Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc. 1420 Providence Hwy, Suite 120 NORWOOD MA 02062Making Facts Come Alive: (781) 762-5577Choosing & Using Quality Non- Fax: (781) 762-2110fiction Literature K-8. 2nd ed. E-mail: cgpublish@christopher-gordon.com Website: www.christopher-gordon.comAuthors: Bamford, Rosemary A. and Kristo,Janice V. Price: $19.95 U.S. pbk. Pagination: 424 p.Annotation ISBN: 978-1-9209024-51-3This resource presents non-fiction as animportant component in students’ learning. Copyright: 2003It provides teachers with insights into how Year Recommended: 2006to help students develop strategies to readand write non-fiction. The book is arrangedin four parts. Part One discusses criteria forchoosing quality non-fiction texts. Part Twoaddresses specific text selections for a varietyof curriculum areas. Part Three suggestsstrategies for bringing students and bookstogether. Part Four features response guidesfor students’ non-fiction texts, as well asan annotated bibliography. Also includedis a bibliography of cited children’s books.Although most works cited in this resource areAmerican, the philosophy and ideas are easilyadapted to Canadian classrooms. English Language Arts: Additional Learning Resources • Grade 6 | 47

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