April 06, 2012 by
I was recently in a grade 7 class during DEAR where at least 5 copies of The Hunger Games trilogy were being read, a table group was huddled over the People magazine Hunger Games special edition and another student returned from the library complaining that the school never has an available copy to borrow (they have 6 copies of the first book). As an elementary or secondary educator, it is impossible to ignore the tremendous popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy and recently released movie. It seems that we just can’t get enough.
If you have somehow managed to escape The Hunger Games craze then I would encourage you to get your hands on the book for two reasons. #1 – If you work with kids and/or young adults then you will benefit from being knowledgable about their interests. #2 – I can almost guarantee you will enjoy it yourself.
photo from: HungerTimes.com
Scholastic plot summary
Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
January 04, 2012 by
Sometimes the best resources are found in the unlikeliest of places…
I have a bit of a book buying problem, so the other day when I saw a sign for a book sale I made an impulse detour into the store. It was not at all what I expected. It looked like a regular downtown building on the outside but on the inside it was an old fashioned blacksmiths shop. The displays of books were mostly focused on local history; not exactly what I was looking for or needed. As I turned to leave a picture of a book seller posing with Walter Gretzky caught my attention. At the table was a man selling his book called Western Hooves of Thunder alongside a display of Six Nations Iroquois Program Teachers Guides (by Zig Misiak, Facebook). Teachers Guides – now that is something I can use!
I love this resource for a few reasons:
- Every Ontario school board has at least one copy available for teacher use (many have more than a dozen copies)
- It was recently designed in cooperation with First Nations educators and historians making the information accurate, current and culturally sensitive
- The program contains complete lesson plans which include stories, music, art and videos appropriate for any grade
- It meets many curriculum expectations and follows the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework
- It provides educators with limited First Nations knowledge with the information they need to feel comfortable teaching this subject material
- I feel strongly about the importance of Aboriginal education for all students AND I always love finding resources that contain quality lesson or unit ideas
If you are teaching elementary or secondary students in Canada, then this is a resource you should definitely look into. To locate a copy you can contact your school board, faculty of education or visit www.realpeopleshistory.com.
I know there are countless resources available and sometimes it can be overwhelming to determine which are valuable. Please use this space to share your favourites with fellow Rookie Teachers!