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4th Edition

ELA Today is an online journal compiled and edited by the ATEQ Board featuring content relevant to English Language Arts Teachers in Quebec. It includes contributions from people in Quebec and from abroad in order to foster beneficial dialogue and share information, knowledge and pedagogical approaches.

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Miss, do you have any books about videogames?

Read about how this teacher answered this seemingly simple question. No matter how well-stocked we think our literary bookshelves are, we still have a lot to learn about what kids want to read and what will motivate them to read. The best way to do this is to listen. In this article, Ruwani says “We learned that a shelf dedicated to the video game genre must include books about art, design, and the culture of videogames. We learned that when it comes to books about videogames, students are knowledge bearers.

A Journey in Online Learning

During this unprecedented time, we’re faced with all kinds on inequity, especially where teaching and learning are concerned. Not just the disparity between public and private education, but also “tequity’, the disparity between those who have access to and knowledge of technology and those who don’t – teachers and students alike. Follow one seasoned teacher as she charts her experience with online teaching and learning, and draws more parallels than you’d think between the stage and the screen.

Review: Sit

A review of an anthology of short stories by one of Canada’s most talented writers. Each story makes us just a little more aware of the plight of children around the world, and a little more hopeful that the conditions under which they live may change for the better. Ellis invites readers to question and find out more about the struggles of children around the world such as the use of child labour in furniture manufacturing. Importantly for today, Ellis offers a much needed element of hope and peace.

Calling Out Across the World Wide Web: Using Weekly Tumblr Posts in the Classroom

Grade 10 ELA teachers pair up for a year-long blogging project which resulted in a self-published book of student work and a literary evening to celebrate student voice. What they got was “a window into how our students think and feel on a host of topics. We were given glimpses into their homes, their friendships, their passions, their reflections, the moral dilemmas they face, and more. Some posts were funny, some were sad, some were fueled by rage. The posts were – no surprise – as wonderful and varied as our students”.