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CBC Books The First Page: Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay reads from the opening of his novel Escape, a sequel to his book Chase. He believes that what makes a good first page is something that grabs you right away: “You’ve got that first page, maybe two, to really grab the reader’s attention.” Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Barclay's novel, key concepts to writing a ...
  • 2019
  • 00:05:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

CBC Books The First Page: Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee reads from the first page of Exo, her young adult sci-fi novel. She remarks that, when she starts a novel – particularly because she writes science fiction and fantasy – she thinks about presenting something familiar and presenting something strange; the idea being to make the reader feel comfortable while also giving them something to be curious about. She ...
  • 2019
  • 00:06:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

French Grammar Cap' ou pas cap': Verbs

Cap' ou pas cap' sees four British students challenging each other with a series of dares as they holiday in Paris, all with the aim of testing their knowledge of French verbs. The students take turns daring each other to do things. They have to identify the verbs in sentences, before having to correctly interpret and act out whatever the dare ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Sac à surprise: Adjectives

Four British students challenge each other on their knowledge of French adjectives in a game called Sac à surprise. In this game, each student takes turns pulling a random object out of a bag. They then have 20 seconds to describe the object using as many French adjectives as possible. One point is awarded for each correct French adjective. The ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar On exagère: Quantifiers and intensifiers

Four British students must use their expertise in French quantifiers and intensifiers in a game of On exagère. Observing a French local, Pierre, the students must correctly describe what he is doing using quantifiers and intensifiers. The first student who is able to correctly explain what Pierre is doing using quantifiers and intensifiers gets a point. Teacher notes: You could ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Vite! Vite! Vite!: Numbers, quantities, dates and times

For this game, all four students have been dropped off in different locations around Paris, with one student focusing on numbers, one on quantities, one on dates and one on times. Each student will have to complete a number of tasks in order to be given directions to an undisclosed location. Teacher notes: You could split your class up into ...
  • 2018
  • 00:05:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Salut toi!: Articles

Taking turns, each student is posed a question by a member of the French public. They then have to state if the article in the sentence is definite, indefinite or partitive. Correct answers result in points, while incorrect answers result in a pie in the face! Teacher notes: You could split your class into teams and get each to come ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Duels de cartons: Adverbs

In a game of Duels de cartons, four British students are tested on their knowledge of French adverbs. Taking turns, each student is presented with three boxes, each one with an adverb on it. They are then presented with a series of sentences on cue cards, all with their adverbs missing. The students then have to select the box with ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Finissez de boire: Conjunctions

Nestled in a cosy Parisian café, four British students take part in a game of Finissez de boire, all with the aim of improving their knowledge of French conjunctions. For this grammatical challenge, each student is presented with three cups, each one with a conjunction on it. They will then be posed a sentence with the conjunction missing. To complete ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Fais ceci, fais cela: Prepositions

In a game called Fais ceci, fais cela the students pair up into two teams, with one team member giving the other instructions using sentences that contain prepositions which they must interpret correctly to find a destination. The team that gets the most points wins the tickets. Teacher notes: You could split your class up into pairs and set up ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Bon appétit: Nouns

Bon Appétit sees four British students go trolley-to-trolley in a Parisian supermarket, all with the aim of improving their knowledge of French nouns. Split into two teams, this film sees the students racing against the clock, with each team having only a few minutes to buy as much food as possible. Simple enough, but with one small challenge. One team may ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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French Grammar Tomber à l'eau: Pronouns

In a game called Tomber à l'eau, the students split into pairs and test the waters on their knowledge of French pronouns. A member from each team is blindfolded several steps away from the pool. There they must successfully use the pronouns given to them by their teammate in a sentence. Any incorrect answers result in the student taking a ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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The National McGill dumps Redmen team name after calls from Indigenous community

Montreal's McGill University has announced it will change the name of its men's varsity sports teams – the Redmen – after Indigenous students, faculty and staff said the name is discriminatory.
  • 2019
  • 00:03:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/28/2019

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: David Chariandy on getting into your character's head

Novelist David Chariandy (Brother) delves into his writing process, how he gets into a character's head and the importance of the question "what if."
  • 2019
  • 00:02:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/26/2019

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Reading of 2018 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – The Universe's Greatest Love Story by Cynthia Gan

Cynthia Gan, 14, won the Grades 7 to 9 category of the 2018 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge. Her poem on the total solar eclipse of 2017 was inspired by the star cross'd lovers and written from the perspective of Friar Laurence from Romeo & Juliet. Gan attends Richmond Christian Secondary School in Richmond, B.C. The text of her poem can ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/26/2019

CBC News Bernie Francis reads "In Flanders Fields" in Mi'kmaq

For Remembrance Day, Mi'kmaw linguist Bernie Francis reads his translation of John McCrae's war poem "In Flanders Fields."
  • 2017
  • 00:01:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/25/2019

The National How changing language could help in the fight against opioids

If you had any doubt about whether Canada's opioid crisis was getting better or worse, the latest numbers tell a big part of that story: it's still out of control. More than 9,000 people died between January 2016 and June 2018. There's a lot of talk about how to turn things around, but there may be another side to it ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/11/2019

CBC Books Canada Reads 2019: Lindsay Wong on The Woo-Woo

In this video Lindsay Wong discusses The Woo-Woo, her dark, witty and touching memoir that gives an honest account of the impact of mental illness on her family. The Vancouver-based writer delivers a raw and emotional look at whispered secrets, dysfunctional relationships — and how her grandmother, mother, aunt and even herself initially blamed the mythical "woo-woo," Chinese spirits that plague ...
  • 2019
  • 00:03:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2019

CBC Books Canada Reads 2019: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette on Suzanne

In this video Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette discusses Suzanne, an English translation of her celebrated 2015 novel La femme qui fuit. Barbeau-Lavalette’s novel is an imagined account of the life of her estranged grandmother. A novel that blurs the lines between fact and fiction, Suzanne tells the story of more than eight decades of art and political history through its portrait of a conflicted woman and ...
  • 2019
  • 00:05:35
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2019

CBC Books Canada Reads 2019: Max Eisen on By Chance Alone

In this video Max Eisen discusses his deeply moving memoir By Chance Alone. When Eisen was 15 years old he and his family were taken from their home to Auschwitz, where he worked as a slave labourer. He survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Canada in 1949. Eisen has toured the world, educating people about the horrors he survived during the ...
  • 2019
  • 00:04:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2019

CBC Books Canada Reads 2019: David Chariandy on Brother

In this video David Chariandy discusses Brother, his novel which takes us inside the lives of the mixed heritage sons of Trinidadian immigrants. Rooted in Chariandy's own experience growing up as a person of colour in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, the novel is a beautiful meditation on discrimination, agency, grief and the power of human relationships.
  • 2019
  • 00:03:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2019

CBC Books Canada Reads 2019: Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung on Homes

In this video Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung discuss Homes, a memoir of al Rabeeah's childhood in Iraq and Syria. Just before civil war broke out, al Rabeeah's family left Iraq for safety in Homs, Syria. Al Rabeeah was 10 years old when the violence began in his new home. He remembers attacks on his mosque and school, car bombings ...
  • 2019
  • 00:06:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2019

The National The resurgence of poetry through a modern medium

Poetry is having a huge surge, largely through the growing popularity of so-called "Insta-poets." These young writers built their audience using Instagram, and have now drifted into the world of celebrity, gracing the front rows of fashion shows and getting celebrity endorsements.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/01/2019

The National Using artificial intelligence to help you learn a new language

If you've ever tried learning a new language, you know how hard it is just to get the basics down, never mind holding a real conversation. A group of Toronto researchers is trying to change that by using a smartphone application with artificial intelligence that can even understand bad accents.
  • 2019
  • 00:03:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/22/2019

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