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Free English Lessons in 7 Levels

Current event and interest stories for adult learners and ESL students:
Breaking News English Home Page


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Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative in the USA offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. The Reading Rockets project includes PBS television programs (also available online and on DVD) and online services through the websites ReadingRockets.org and ColorinColorado.org:

12 Books for the Holiday Season Reading Tips for Parents For Parents Target the Problem: Tool for Parents

Parent EngagementA PBS series for parents and educators:
Launching Young Readers Video Series


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There are always three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day…any day!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
 Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, literacy council, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. *Please note: TLE accepts children’s books, both English and French, all year long! Contact TLE at 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 to arrange a drop off date.

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TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

JOIN US! Eileen Cook will be at The Learning Exchange/CDC Vimont on Tuesday May 8th for a morning and an afternoon session. Eileen’s books will be given as prizes and Eileen will sign all book prizes!

About Book Week

 Biography

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in October 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

 

Awards

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  • Finalist for the 2017 Amy Mather Teen Book Award

Praise

“Eileen’s energy and passion never flagged, the quality of her last workshop equaled the high quality of her first.”

—Librarian, Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen’s humour, expertise and pacing is respected and appreciated by teens and teachers alike.”

—Teacher, Earl Marriott Secondary

“Teen Services at Vancouver Public Library has hosted Eileen on several occasions since 2011 and we have always been impressed by her enthusiasm, professionalism, and ability to captivate a young audience. We have hosted her both as a workshop leader and a keynote speaker. Her workshops are always funny, full of great stories that are entertaining, convey knowledge and wisdom, and are age appropriate.”

—Vancouver Public Library

“Eileen was an engaging presenter who enthusiastically entertained and informed our students. Her humour has the students giggling and her interactive presentation had students talking, moving and playing. It is not always easy to engage teenagers: Eileen was able to do just that.”

—Librarian, Richmond School District

“Mrs. Cook was very gracious and funny, answering all questions in a kid-friendly way.  One student even went home after the visit and was inspired to start her own story.”

—Teacher, Bellevue School District

“Eileen is the quintessential writer’s editor pithy, succinct, and with a brilliant eye for detail.”

—Kc Dyer author of Amazon bestselling Finding Fraser

“Eileen helped me focus my writing, streamline my scenes, and quicken my pacing. Her guidance and advice along the way, her generosity, and her amazing ability to kill my darlings (when I couldn’t) make her invaluable.”

—Kelly Charron, author of Pretty Wicked


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I like to be an adult learner because I like to learn to understand more of life.  To help my daughter, myself and the people around me. I learn how to use the computer and send e-mails to friends. So I am happy to learn more and more by reading books, speaking and communicating with people. ~Diko

It is fun being an adult learner because you are already familiar with many subjects.~Michael

I like learning and working. Math and reading at the library. Kosal is a friend. ~Jonathan

I like learning because it’s a form of knowledge. I am learning to like myself. I like learning in a group. ~Claudine

Laval Rockets hockey team are the best team at Place Bell. ~Petros and Kosal


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Free worksheets and printables: Website filled with free worksheets and graphic organizers for English and math subjects.

Worksheet Place


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Planning for effective, meaningful instruction in Math, Reading & Language Arts as well as Content Areas.

For The Teachers Home Reading Skills | Articles Instructional Strategies Lesson Plans Curriculum Ladders Differentiation

 


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Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

The NEWSELA website is filled with interesting news articles to help master nonfiction in any subject. Choose the reading level of each article and find articles on topics that are of interest to students.

NEWSELA Home Library Text Sets

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North Carolina Focus lessons: Lessons, short stories, and questions on story elements and literary devices, with answers at the end of the pdf.

North Carolina: Focus Lessons Booklet

Reading Strategies Contents

Introduction to Reading Strategies and Literary Elements

Literary Elements Focus Lessons

Lesson 1: Elements of Fiction

Lesson 2: Point of View I

Lesson 3: Point of View II

Lesson 4: Dialogue

Lesson 5: Flashback

Lesson 6: Foreshadowing

Lesson 7: Irony

Lesson 8: Style

Lesson 9: Tone

Lesson 10: Hyperbole

Lesson 11: Archetype

Lesson12: Allusion

Lesson 13: Symbolism

Lesson14: Figurative Language

Lesson 15: Imagery and Motif

Lesson16: Mood

Lesson 17: Sound Devices

Lesson 18: Personification

Reading Comprehension Exercises 1–5

Focus Lessons Answer Key

Exercises Answer Key

Exercises Answer Sheet


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