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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
it was amazing
There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog. The points of the fork must have gone all the way through the dog and into the ground because the fork had not fallen over. The book began with the murder of Wellington, a dog who belonge...
tagged: realistic
Brisingr
it was amazing
Brisingr is the third book of the worthily famous Inheritance Cycle, written by the young author, Christopher Paolini. Just like the previous works of his, this one is full of surprises, action and raging emotions. The story picks up t...
tagged: fantasy
Bloodline: A Novel
it was amazing
What is bloodline? Well to start, this book is a immensely suspenseful mafia epic! Warren Murphy tells Nilo Sesta’s story, how he went from a underpaid young fisherman in Sicily to an extremely feared prohibition era mobster in New York...
tagged: historical
The Fourth Apprentice
it was amazing
“It has been foretold that Jayfeather and Lionblaze will hold the power of the stars in their paws.” This was what hooked me into the story because it made me wonder, what kind of powers do they have? How do they use them? And who is Jay...
tagged: fantasy
The Unwanteds
really liked it
This book is about a boy named Alex who lives in a place city called Quil that is ruled under a dictatorship. In Quil anyone who is caught doing anything creative will be sentenced to death at the age of 13. When they become 13 they will...
tagged: fantasy
The Remedy
it was amazing
Quinlan McKee is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. Have you ever waken up and wished to be someone else, or live a different life? Quinlan provides closure for grievi...
tagged: dystopia
The Litagators
John Grisham once again provides a thrilling novel that follows the boutique law firm of Finley & Figg. With the help of their new found partner David Zinc they pursue drug cases that seem too good to be true… and they are. With the help...
tagged: mystery
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
it was amazing
After spending the last week at the Quiditch tournament with the Weasleys and Hermoine, Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts school of witch craft and sorcery for their 4th year. When they get to the school, they find out that Hogwar...
tagged: fantasy
Six of Crows
it was amazing
If you’re expecting a kind welcome from the citizens of Ketterdam, you should seriously reconsider. From the countless gangs, to the menageries and illegal slave trading, to the cruel aristocrats, there is no warm welcome waiting for any...
tagged: fantasy
Girl in Pieces
really liked it
The girl would sit at night with a piece of glass upon her skin, shedding herself apart with one little piece of glass. That one piece will be the end of her. Charlotte has been living on the streets with her mom, once they get a place h...
tagged: issues

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 The Impact of Colonialism In Canada (McIntyre Media)

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Submitted by Mme. Koch.
 
 Recently made by a Metis filmmaker named Matt LeMay, this dvd is well done. It goes into the Royal Proclamation, the Indian Act, the treaties, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and more, talking about the First Peoples' connection to the land, and the Metis.
 
   It is a good overview of the effects of colonization and gives enough detail to understand the meaning and potential importance of each these events without being too long. At 17 minutes, it is a perfect follow up to the Blanket Exercise.
 
   Actually, it could be a segue into a lesson on propaganda as it shows promotional footage of Residential Schools that other Canadians were shown: aboriginal students playing hockey and learning about Valentine's Day--a stark contrast to what actually happened there.
 
   I have shown my students The Metis in Canada  as well, but I didn’t find it as informative. I try to limit English content in my French Immersion classes but occasionally I make an exception if there is something  short, which supplements our discussions, reading and class activities.