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CBC Books The First Page: Performance of 2017 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – Nameless by Sari Warshawsky

Hear the 2017 winning entry for The First Page student writing challenge in the Grades 7 to 9 category. The winning author, Sari Warshawsky, is a student at Royal West Academy in Montreal, QC. Sari's piece entitled Nameless tackles the pressure of perfection in a virtual world. It's performed by actor Nicole Volossetski. For the 2017 First Page writing challenge, over ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/19/2018

CBC Books The First Page: Omar El Akkad

Author Omar El Akkad reads the first page from American War, his debut novel that was featured in Canada Reads in 2018. He suggests that what writers hold back from the reader in the opening pages is just as important as what they include. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Omar's novel, key concepts to writing ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:10
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/19/2018

CBC Books The First Page: Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen reads the first page from her debut YA novel, Super, and talks about the importance of not only finding a great hook, but building on the intrigue of the hook. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Jennifer's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2018
  • 00:04:39
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/19/2018

Alias Grace Alias Grace, Episode 6

In 1859, the committee, along with Simon, Grace and Jerome DuPont begin the anticipated neuro-hypnosis experiment. Once Grace is fully hypnotized and asleep, Mary Whitney’s voice echoes from within her body, joyfully claiming to have possessed Grace on the day of the murders, and driving her to assist in the murders. Completely unravelled, Simon evades the committee and flees to ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/03/2018

Alias Grace Alias Grace, Episode 5

In 1859 Simon tries desperately to decipher Grace’s guilt or innocence as she discusses the day of the murders with lapses in her memory. With time running out, Jerome DuPont (previously Jeremiah) convinces Grace to let him try neuro-hypnosis on her. In 1843, Grace reveals McDermott’s plan to Nancy, who dismisses it as McDermott “bragging and boasting.” Nancy and Kinnear ...
  • 2017
  • 00:46:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/03/2018

Alias Grace Alias Grace, Episode 4

In 1859, Simon becomes intimate with his landlady, Mrs. Humphrey. In 1843, Jamie Walsh confesses his love for Grace. Kinnear disapproves, mocking her after spying on the pair with his telescope. Grace is then visited by Jeremiah, who has decided to become a hypnotist, and offers her a life with him away from the farm. Grace ultimately declines, as Jeremiah ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/03/2018

Alias Grace Alias Grace, Episode 3

In 1859, Simon spends more time with Grace trying to extract her repressed memories, but she remains unreadable. In 1842, after attending Mary’s funeral, Grace meets an attractive and spirited young woman, Nancy Montgomery, who offers Grace a position at the Kinnear farmhouse. There, Grace is introduced to Kinnear’s brooding stable hand James McDermott, along with a freckled young neighbour, ...
  • 2017
  • 00:43:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/03/2018

Alias Grace Alias Grace, Episode 2

In 1859, Simon dissects the events of the murders. In 1842, Grace begins her job as a servant for the Parkinsons. There she meets Mary Whitney, a passionate and determined young rebel. They are visited by Jeremiah, a charming peddler who reads Grace’s palm and gives a dark yet optimistic prediction of her future. Mary confides in Grace that she ...
  • 2017
  • 00:47:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/03/2018

Alias Grace Alias Grace, Episode 1

In 1859, Grace Marks, a servant and convicted murderess in the deaths of her employer and housekeeper, is escorted from the Kingston Penitentiary to do housework for the prison’s governor. Meanwhile, Simon Jordan, an ambitious New York doctor, arrives to meet a committee dedicated to pardoning Grace. Grace recounts to Simon her torturous childhood and emigration from Ireland. She claims ...
  • 2017
  • 00:45:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/03/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Current affairs in fiction with Sharon Bala​​

Novelist Sharon Bala shares what sparked her to write about the recent experiences of Tamil refugees. For students working on their entries for CBC Books' Shakespeare Selfie youth writing challenge, Sharon's advice will inspire them to search for real-life details when depicting current events through fiction.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Performance of 2017 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – That Something Wicked by Ali Nelson

Actress Bahareh Yaraghi performs the winning entry from the 2017 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge, Grades 7 to 9 category. "That Something Wicked" was written by Ali Nelson, who attends Abbey Park High School in Oakville, Ont. She wrote about the Syrian Civil War from the perspective of Macbeth's First Weird Sister.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Stephen Lewis on the art of debate

Former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis stresses the importance of being well-organized, but also maintaining the ability to enjoy a great argument from another debater (like Wab Kinew). Stephen defended The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood in Canada Reads 2014.
  • 2018
  • 00:08:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/19/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Kristin Kreuk on the art of debate

Actress Kristin Kreuk emphasizes the importance of being prepared for difficult conversations, plus other debating advice. She defended Kamal Al-Solaylee's memoir Intolerable in Canada Reads 2015.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Humble The Poet on the art of debate

Writer and rapper Humble The Poet talks about the importance of letting the other person know that you hear what they have to say, along with other debating tips. He championed the André Alexis novel Fifteen Dogs and emerged the winner on Canada Reads 2017.
  • 2018
  • 00:08:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Elaine "Lainey" Lui on the art of debate

Elaine "Lainey" Lui is proud of her competitive spirit and argues for the importance of women showing their competitive side, along with other aspects of her debating strategy. She defended Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies in Canada Reads 2015.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Cameron Bailey on the art of debate

Artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), past panellist and winner of Canada Reads 2015, Cameron Bailey shares what he should have paid more attention to from the beginning when defending the book Ru by Kim Thúy, plus other debating tips.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Ali Hassan on the art of moderating a debate

Actor, stand-up comedian, host of CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud, and host of Canada Reads 2018, Ali Hassan shares what he's learned about the tricky job of moderating a debate.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Craig Davidson on Precious Cargo

Craig Davidson drove five kids in a small school bus, each with special needs. His experience prompted a deeper understanding about disability and stigma. In this video, he discusses what so-called able-bodied people can learn from interactions with people with disabilities and other themes from Precious Cargo, his memoir about being a bus driver for special needs kids.
  • 2018
  • 00:04:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Cherie Dimaline on The Marrow Thieves

Métis writer Cherie Dimaline won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature. Watch the author discuss her Young Adult novel The Marrow Thieves, a futuristic, dystopian narrative rooted in Canadian history.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:52
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Sharon Bala on The Boat People

In this video award-winning writer Sharon Bala discusses her debut novel, The Boat People, about a group of some 500 Sri Lankan refugees who arrive in Canada only to face deportation and accusations of terrorism.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Mark Sakamoto on Forgiveness

Mark Sakamoto's grandparents endured much hardship during the Second World War. His maternal grandfather Ralph MacLean was a Canadian soldier, who spent years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. His paternal grandmother Mitsue Sakamoto was one of thousands of Japanese‐Canadians interned by the Canadian government during the war. But instead of being bitter about their experiences, they ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:27
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Omar El Akkad on American War

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. In this video, the author discusses American War, his debut novel set in a future America devastated by war and plague.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:27
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

Bookaboo O’Shae the Octopus with Joel Dembe

Bookaboo and Olympic wheelchair tennis champion Joel Dembe share a story about a little octopus who discovers that celebrating what makes you different can truly make you sensational!
  • 2016
  • 00:11:09
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 01/15/2018

Bookaboo Giraffe and Bird with Molly Parker

Bookaboo shares a story about an unlikely friendship with House of Cards star Molly Parker.
  • 2016
  • 00:11:09
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 01/12/2018

Bookaboo The Darkest Dark with Chris Hadfield

Bookaboo and famous former astronaut Chris Hadfield share an uplifting story about a boy facing his fears and pursuing his dreams!
  • 2016
  • 00:11:08
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 01/08/2018