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CBC Short Docs The Secret Path: Freedom to Speak

A group of inmates at Toronto South Detention Centre are studying Secret Path, Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel about Chanie Wenjack. Chanie was a young Anishinaabe boy who died while running away from residential school in 1966 — simply because he wanted to go home. Many themes in Chanie’s story resonate with these inmates: isolation, identity, fear, anger, the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:08:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/12/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle, author of the young adult novel The Winnowing, reads the first page in her novel and talks about the importance of hooking readers as early as you can in a story. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Vikki's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:38
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves, reads the first page in her novel and talks about how she sets the stage in her dystopian novel. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Cherie's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette, author of The Break, reads the first page in her novel and talks about the need to situate the reader in a story. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Katherena's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:01:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: M.G. Vassanji

Author M.G. Vassanji reads from the prologue of his novel Nostalgia. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on his novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Erin Bow

Erin Bow, author of the young adult novel The Scorpion Rules, reads the first page on which the main character in her novel appears and talks about what she believes is important for a first page. Erin is also the judge for CBC Books' First Page Student Writing Challenge. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Erin Bow's ...
  • 2017
  • 00:03:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

Wandering Wenda Z: The Zany Zookeeper's Zoo of Zombies

Our zealous heroes are at the Zimbabwe Zoo, where evil zookeeper Dr. Zero wants to turn all the zoo animals into zombies!
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda X: The Extreme Excursion to Planet X

Wenda, Wes and Wu are sent into space and get stuck on Planet X.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda W: The Warbling Wereworm of Wessex

Our wandering heroes are in Wessex, England, to visit Wilbur Waskerville, Wessex’s most well-known detective.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda U: Uncle Ulmer's Unruly Unicorn

Our unusual heroes are at the University of Uxbridge, visiting Wenda’s Uncle Ulmer and his missing, unruly unicorn.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda T: The Totally Terrific Twirling Tigers of Tasmania

Our talented trio come toe to toe to tussle with the totally terrific twirling tigers of Tasmania and their touchy trainer!
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda R: The Ride of the Raspberry Ripple Rancheros

Our rail-riding heroes are at Red Rock Station to help Red Ruby protect the Raspberry Ripple from rustler Rattlesnake Rip.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda Q: The Queen's Quest for a Quality Quilt

Our quick-witted heroes are in Quebec on a quest for a quality quilt for the quarrelsome Queen of Quinter, Kansas.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda K: The Karate-Kicking Karaoke Kangaroo of Killiecrankie

Our kayaking heroes help the famous karate-kicking kangaroos of Killiecrankie find their missing karaoke machine.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda I: The Intrepid Ice Explorers of Iqaluit

Our intrepid heroes battle an ice storm in Iqaluit as they try to import ice cream to their Inuit friend, Ila, for her birthday.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda E: The Elegant Emerald Elephant of Ancient Egypt

Our esteemed heroes and explorer Ernest Edgeware become entombed in an Egyptian pyramid by the evil empress, Elvira.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda S: The Saga of Skipper Saltysocks and the Singing Sea Serpent

Our super splendid heroes try to save a sea serpent from being snatched by Scottish sea captain, Skipper Saltysocks.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/26/2017

Wandering Wenda Y: The Yarn of the Yukon Yeti

The heroes help a Yukon yeti whose yellow fur Yolanda Yuckihosen wants to turn into yarn.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/21/2017

Wandering Wenda V: The Vengeful Vendetta of a Vaudeville Vampire

Transport yourself into an exhilarating world of action, adventure and alliteration as young Wenda and her friends Wu and Wesley Woodchuck embark on a series of wild, weird and wonderfully exciting adventures. No matter where Wenda wanders, she always finds herself mixed up in the middle of mayhem, and when the going gets tough, she uses her words. Inspired by ...
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/03/2017

Wandering Wenda O: The Obnoxious Otters of Ottawa

Our heroes help Officer Oatmeal restore order at an opera house overrun by obnoxious otters.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda P: The Pickle Plundering Pirates of Pineapple Island

Our heroes are on Pineapple Island to protect the princess from pickle-plundering pirates.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda N: The Nacho and Noodle Nabbing Ninjas of Niagara Falls

Our nifty heroes are in Niagara Falls where a nasty ninja fight spills nacho cheese and noodles into the Niagara River!
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda M: The Mystery of the Missing Magical Muffins

Our mighty heroes are in Morocco where a mysterious masked magician makes off with Martin the Magnificent's magical muffins!
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda L: A Lousy Bit of Luck at the Loony Laugh Labs Laboratory

Our lucky heroes are at London’s Loony Laugh Labs Laboratory where a large lizard named Wes is accidentally let loose.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda J: The Jungle Jackpot Jubilee

Our jaunty heroes jog, jump with jellyfish and jostle with a jaguar to bring the jewel hijacking Julius Juniper to justice.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017