Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


Redesigned Curriculum: lots of new "tools"

Context, Planning, Resources, etc
The BC curriculum website was recently updated with lots of new support materials added under the tools tab, both in English and en français: Planning documents, videos, overview documents, etc. (thanks JN)



When Reading carried a health warning

A perilous culture of unrestrained reading  
We used to worry about the influence of reading like we worry about "screen time" today!

"Novels were the focus of a moral panic in 18th century England, criticised for triggering both individual and collective forms of trauma and mental dysfunction. In the late 18th century the terms 'reading epidemic' and 'reading mania' served to both describe and condemn the spread of a perilous culture of unrestrained reading."



The Library: a new short film on the wonder of libraries

Exploring the relationship between memory and place

"The Library is the story of a 13-year-old girl, Emily ((played by Missy Keating) who rides her bike to the library each day after school. She begins receiving notes slipped to her by a secret admirer, one of the two boys she regularly sees in the library – or so she thinks. These notes correspond to romantic passages in the old books in the library shelves, passages Emily repeats to herself with nervous excitement as each subsequent day brings another note and romantic passage."


Skills and Strategies | Understanding Plagiarism in a Digital Age

How to discuss the complex notion of originality
Here's an NYT lesson plan with lots of resources to address the issue of plagiarism among high school students. (Some of the links might be useful for upper intermediate as well.)

"Do your students have a hard time defining — and thus, perhaps, avoiding — plagiarism? They're not alone. In a cut-and-paste world, examples of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism are everywhere."


The Digital #5MinPlan

Cover all the essentials in sketching out a lesson.
(Use with Chrome or Firefox)
This online PDF will let the user enter text into each box/field and then print the finished product. (Paid version allows saving and other features.)
"The 5 Minute Lesson Plan championed by @TeacherToolkit has been adapted into an online tool for teachers.[...] Try out the FREE version which allows you to create an online plan and print the lesson plan as a PDF file." -> from this article.


Art and War - Australia, Britain and Canada in WWII

"Waiting, preparing, fighting, suffering, celebrating."
"Art and War - Australia, Britain and Canada in the Second World War consists of 96 works of art from the collections of the Canadian War Museum, the Australian War Memorial, and the Imperial War Museum. This is the first exhibition of its kind to explore how Australia, Britain and Canada lived through and recorded the greatest conflict in human history. The works on display highlight notable differences in outlook and expectation, both nationally and individually. Some images do not sit comfortably together; others retain an almost ineffable power to move and disturb."