Reading Comprehension: Sherlock Holmes in the Adventure of the Red-Headed League

Reading Comprehension: Sherlock Holmes in the Adventure of the Red-Headed League

Who better to show the usefulness of a well-asked question - and the importance of a clear and concise answer - than Sherlock Holmes? In ‘The Adventure of the Red-Headed League’, Holmes and Watson are presented with an odd and seemingly innocent set of clues. Why was the pawn-broker hired by the Red-Headed League – and so suddenly dismissed? It could be that there is more to this mystery than at first meets the eye! In fact, the fortunes of two daring thieves, and a fortune in gold, are at stake. For young readers who are ready for their first Sherlock Holmes mystery (but who would rather not read about murders or ghosts), this is an excellent tale! Contents: • The full, original tale of ‘The Adventure of the Red-Headed League’, divided into ten short sections Following each section: o Five questions to be answered separately in a student’s notebook o Vocabulary, in alphabetical order, with definitions or synonyms (making the word comprehensible in the story’s context), from the chapter just read o A ‘looking up close’ page, exploring one main theme of the section just read, such as pipes, what a pawnbroker is, transportation in Holmes’ time, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, etc. (with pictures) Directions: • Read one section of the book at a time. Use the vocabulary list to help with understanding the story (and practise looking things up in alphabetical order). Answer the questions in a separate notebook. Read the ‘looking up close’ page for fun. Enjoy a good, old-fashioned, Sherlock Holmes mystery!
canadianwinter
French: 20 Intermediate Dictées and Tests 2

French: 20 Intermediate Dictées and Tests 2

Here are 20 Intermediate Dictées and Tests, on the subjects of 'Science et Nature’ (Science and Nature) and ‘Autour Du Monde’ (Around the World). For each Dictée there are two pages. Page One contains the Dictée in French, a complete translation in English, and a list of vocabulary words in French and English for memorization. Page Two is for testing purposes. It contains a blank space in which to write the Dictée, a Vocabulary Test, and a section called ‘Corrige les Fautes’ (Correct the Mistakes). Improve your vocabulary, reinforce good grammar and writing skills, and master your understanding of the French language with these simple exercises!
canadianwinter
Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials Sampler

Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials Sampler

Hello! Please refer to this file for small samples of each of the following Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials resources, in order to learn more about the types of resources we offer. English Language: Drawing for Better Penmanship ‘A Penny A Day’ Reading Comprehension ‘Insect Languages with Doctor Dolittle’ Reading Comprehension ‘Snow Treasure’ Reading Comprehension ‘Irish Fairies’ Literature & Composition Methinks I’ll Read Shakespeare: Julius Caesar English Grammar: Adjectival, Adverbial and Noun Clauses English Grammar: Perfectly Appropriate Prepositions French Language: 48 Dictées for Beginners 30 Dictées in the Past Tense 20 Intermediate Dictées and Tests 1 Intermediate French: 10 More Unit Studies Advanced French Reading Comprehension: Arsène Lupin No. 4 Advanced French Reading, Writing and Dictées: Les Chats
canadianwinter
Learn To Knit: A Lesson Plan And Guide

Learn To Knit: A Lesson Plan And Guide

If you want to learn to knit, and you’re not sure where or how to start (or whether you’ll even like knitting), this guide may provide just the basic, step-by-step encouragement you need! Here you will find 48 consecutive lessons which will guide you to learn, practise and apply basic knitting skills. These skills are, in order: how to ‘cast on’; how to do the ‘knit’ stitch; how to do the ‘purl’ stitch; how to ‘cast off’; how to combine ‘knit’ and ‘purl’ stitches to make 11 different knitting patterns; and how to do three, more advanced stitches (‘yarn over needle’, ‘knit two together’, 'purl two together’) which will also be used in patterns. Labels are provided for each of the patterns, which you can pin to your finished samples for easy reference. Three bonus lessons provide basic instructions for completing a simple project: a washcloth or doll blanket, a hair ‘thingy’, or a scarf. Important: Please note that this is only a lesson guide; the lessons here only offer a plan for you to follow in order to acquire the skills you need, one at a time, in an enjoyable, encouraging, effective and satisfying manner. To learn the actual mechanics of knitting, you will need to refer to a handful of clear, full-colour, free websites (addresses provided), or to a library book or parent/friend. Knitting and other crafts (such as paper mosaics) are excellent tools for developing fine motor skills. This in turn can improve a student’s performance in other areas such as playing a musical instrument, writing neatly, attention to detail, patience, and the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. Go slowly and be generous with your praise – fine work takes practise and perseverance!
canadianwinter
Advanced French Reading & Writing: Childéric I, Roi Des Francs (Livre Premier)

Advanced French Reading & Writing: Childéric I, Roi Des Francs (Livre Premier)

The story of the beloved Merovingian king Childéric I (440-481) was preserved by the druidic Bards of old France and is here retold in a flowing, pleasant style by Madame de Beaufort d’Hautpoul (1763-1837), a renowned woman of letters who was at the heart of Parisian literary society during the reign of Louis XVI. For educational purposes, this description of Childéric’s early years has been divided into two-page segments that are easy to read. Advanced French students are sure to enjoy this poetic and quick-paced historical tale. The language has been updated, though the original, distinctive style remains intact. Simple grammar review, translation, ‘résumé de texte’ and creative writing assignments follow each section alternately. Summary Childéric is the young and intrepid son of King Merovée and his beloved wife, Aboflède, around the year 430CE. Childéric lives happily with his loving parents and is beginning his education with druids, when he is tempted to join his father’s army in a battle against Attila the Hun. Despite being guarded by his king’s most valiant friend, Viomade, Childéric goes missing amidst the turmoil of the conflict. The faithful Viomade wishes to know what the boy’s fate truly was, and goes off with the king’s blessing in search of the young prince. Despite treachery by Draguta, a fellow follower of the king, Viomade finally finds Childéric, who has been cared for in the wilderness by an elderly Hun named Gelimer. Gelimer had lost his family and status, and was inspired to renounce his life as a warrior in order to devote his final years to raising the young boy he found on a battlefield. The old blind man loves Childéric devotedly and does not know that he is heir to a throne. After Gelimer’s death, Childéric returns to France with Viomade where a traitor is about to be crowned king. It was presumed, due to their lengthy absence, that Childéric and Viomade had been lost forever. Just in time, the young prince is reunited with his father and fulfills the hopes of all Francs as the rightful heir to the throne.
canadianwinter
Stories About Famous Precious Stones

Stories About Famous Precious Stones

‘Everything which was found there was either melted down or sold by order of the Commonwealth. Amongst other things thus treated was the gold filigree crown of Edward the Confessor, which was broken up and sold for its weight of bullion. Such vandalism is almost enough to make one a Jacobite . . .’ (Adela Elizabeth Orpen) Here are entertaining true stories surrounding a selection of the world’s most famous precious stones. Written in witty, charmingly opinionated style by Mrs. Goddard Orpen (1855-1927), these accounts could be read to pique a student’s curiosity about historic events and people, or, to explore interesting – and memorable – information that may not have made its way into the general history books. Precious gems and masterfully crafted jewellery have repeatedly found themselves in the hands of wealthy and powerful people, oftentimes well-known kings and queens. Each of the jewels described here has accumulated its own collection of bizarre tales of greed, treachery and power. Guided by a confident and well-informed author, the reader will contemplate how small objects of great monetary value have influenced the characters – and sometimes the course – of history. Read about as many jewels as you want to (12 different items are discussed). Make notes on an ‘Analysis Sheet’ that features a simple colour image of one of the jewels at the centre of the page; the student may jot down important facts or events about that jewel in the surrounding empty space in a ‘cloud’ of facts. Or, take your own notes in a traditional style on loose leaf. Once you have read about at least three precious stones you may also choose to write an essay – a list of possible topics is included, most of which require you to defend an opinion based on what you have learned and noted previously.
canadianwinter
Winter Bundle

Winter Bundle

Here are four varied resources related to 'winter', suitable for students of different ages: 'Snow Treasure' Reading Comprehension sheets (questions and answers in three formats to go with the classic true story by Marie McSwigan, ages 8-10) Winter Literature & Composition (six pieces of writing and six different writing assignments to go with them, ages 11-13); Winter Reading Comprehension Collection (27 stories and poems about winter, followed by 'topics of discussion', ages 8-13); Snowflakes Mosaics Templates and Instructions (all you need to make old kleenex boxes or household cardboard into a beautiful seasonal craft, ages 7 and up).
canadianwinter
'Jewel Mysteries' Reading, Research & Creative Writing

'Jewel Mysteries' Reading, Research & Creative Writing

‘Dark was falling from a dull and humid sky, and the lamps were beginning to struggle for brightness in Piccadilly, when the opal of Carmalovitch was first put into my hand . . .’ Written in an engaging style similar to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries), these stories feature the entertaining experiences of a jeweller with a knack for solving mysteries, which he encounters as part of his unique position as a friend both to the wealthy and to the police. They will be of interest to readers who relish a certain Victorian type of atmosphere and plot that includes a fair amount of character study - in addition to being entertaining, they offer instructive food for thought regarding how greed and vanity affect human character. About The Book Six of the stories from the original collection are included here. They have been lightly edited (a few out-of-date terms have been replaced for clarity, such as ‘crowd’ in place of ‘crush’). Following each story are four possible assignments, which focus on descriptive writing and research. The student may complete as many of them as the teacher sees fit. The themes of the assignments are: a creative description of a place or concept; a creative character description; a long writing assignment involving retelling part or all of the story; and a research assignment related to the story (on the topics of jewellery, safes, precious stones, etc.). The student may also find themselves inspired to write their own mystery, in which case they can refer to Pemberton’s stories (or the plot summaries) for inspiration, their own completed assignments for ready character descriptions and accurate research, and the tips in the ‘Write Your Own Mystery, Tips and Worksheets’ appendix for guidelines and worksheets to help with planning and writing! Also includes a quick-reference sheet of images of precious stones, so students can keep an image in mind as they read.
canadianwinter
'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension Sheets

'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension Sheets

About The Book ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is the creepy tale of a man whose inner battle between good and evil becomes manifest in a most dramatic and surreal manner. It is considered a classic horror story, though the descriptions of violence in it are minimal - it is primarily the tragic end and the macabre language used that place it in this category. This is a classic novella which has become so well-known that it is common to refer to a person with two dramatically differing sides to their personality as a case of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Contents & Instructions For the purpose of this book, the novella will be read in eight sections of similar length. The novella is not included here - simply refer to the chapter headings to know what to read before completing the assignments. Following each section are reading comprehension assignments that focus on language and style. The student is asked: • to ‘translate’ two short passages into more contemporary language, showing that they have grasped the meaning of the language and can express the same thing as the author using their own words (These passages are underlined in the main body of the text.) • to familiarise themselves with a list of several words or phrases. These should be looked up or discussed with a teacher to be sure the student fully grasps their meaning. If you wish, you may write down a short definition of each. • to explain, in one or two sentences, a short passage from the text that includes some form of figurative language • to write a substantial paragraph in which the student observes the deliberate choice of language made by the author. A specific topic is given for each section.
canadianwinter
'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension

'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension

About The Book ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is the creepy tale of a man whose inner battle between good and evil becomes manifest in a most dramatic and surreal manner. It is considered a classic horror story, though the descriptions of violence in it are minimal - it is primarily the tragic end and the macabre language used that place it in this category. This is a classic novella which has become so well-known that it is common to refer to a person with two dramatically differing sides to their personality as a case of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Contents & Instructions Here the novella has been divided into eight sections of similar length. Following each section are reading comprehension assignments that focus on language and style. The student is asked: - to ‘translate’ two short passages into more contemporary language, showing that they have grasped the meaning of the language and can express the same thing as the author using their own words (These passages are underlined in the main body of the text.) - to familiarise themselves with a list of several words or phrases. These should be looked up or discussed with a teacher to be sure the student fully grasps their meaning. If you wish, you may write down a short definition of each. - to explain, in one or two sentences, a short passage from the text that includes some form of figurative language - to write a substantial paragraph in which the student observes the deliberate choice of language made by the author. A specific topic is given for each section.
canadianwinter
Literature & Composition, First Collection

Literature & Composition, First Collection

Here are 10 'Literature & Composition' resources, each of which contains six pieces of writing and six separate writing assignments. The writing assignments (and selections) vary in length and are intended to inspire students aged 11-13 to try writing in different forms and styles. Use the reading and writing assignments to complement a unit study on a particular topic, or work through the selections as part of your language arts lessons. The themes of the titles in this bundle are: Autumn, Character Description, Irish Fairies, Chinese Dragons, Japanese Gardens, Mice, Night, The Sea, Travel, Winter.
canadianwinter
Essay Writing: First Collection

Essay Writing: First Collection

Here are six Essay Writing titles in one bundle. Five of the eBooks contain one or more pieces of writing and instructions and guidelines for writing an essay (including multiples possible essay topics) using the piece of writing as a starting point. These titles are on the following themes: A Winter Walk; The Site And Antiquities Of Athens; Wild Apples; Narrow Escapes; India: Timeless Topics. Also included is an additional resource called Writing Beginning and Concluding Paragraphs, which allows students to practise that skill specifically.
canadianwinter
Essay Writing: Second Collection

Essay Writing: Second Collection

Here are five Essay Writing titles in one bundle. Each eBook contains one or more piece of writing and instructions and guidelines for writing an essay (including multiples possible essay topics) using the piece of writing as a starting point. The titles are on the following themes: Building Iron Bridges; Short Stories/Space Travel; Survival & Rescue (true accounts); Volcanoes (Mount Vesuvius); Wit & Humour.
canadianwinter
Advanced French Reading & Essay Writing: Napoléon et Joséphine

Advanced French Reading & Essay Writing: Napoléon et Joséphine

Depuis le départ du premier consul pour la campagne de Marengo, où je le suivis, jusqu'au départ de Fontainebleau, où je fus obligé de quitter l'empereur, je n'ai fait que deux absences, l'une de trois fois vingt-quatre heures, l'autre de sept ou huit jours. Hors ces congés fort courts, dont le dernier m'était nécessaire pour rétablir ma santé, je n'ai pas plus quitté l'empereur que son ombre. Mémoires de Constant, Introduction. About The Author As Napoléon’s ‘premier valet de chambre’, Louis Constant Wairywas at the emperor’s side for fifteen years. Incredibly, he wrote an account of his experiences, offering the curious reader interesting insights about the famous couple’s personalities and habits, and also relating anecdotes and offering descriptions that bring to life the time, people and places of Napoléon’s rule. Whether you admire the self-proclaimed emperor – or not – you are sure to find this selection of texts entertaining, for the descriptions of historical events, fashions, battles, palaces, daily life and people. Contents & Instructions Here are 27 excerpts from the diaries of Constant, suitable for advanced students who are ready to improve their French through a generous amount of reading. Each text is two to three pages long. The student should begin by reading the excerpt. Unfamiliar vocabulary should be copied into the blank list provided for each section (or a separate notebook), and translated with the help of a dictionary. If it is easier for the student to make notes in the margins of the text they may do so. Large margins have been provided for this purpose. Having read the excerpt, the student must now exercise their research and writing skills. They may simply write a brief résumé de texte for each section, or attempt a longer assignment, in whcih case you may refer to the ‘Essay Writing’ section and follow the instructions to write either a snythèse de texte, commentaire de texte, or dissertation.
canadianwinter
Literature & Composition, Second Collection

Literature & Composition, Second Collection

Here are 9 'Literature & Composition' resources, each of which contains six pieces of writing and six separate writing assignments. The writing assignments (and selections) vary in length and are intended to inspire students aged 11-13 to try writing in different forms and styles. Use the reading and writing assignments to complement a unit study on a particular topic, or work through the selections as part of your language arts lessons. The themes of the titles in this bundle are: Bears, British Royals, Flowers, Mars, Simple Things, The Moon, The Sun, Trees, Water
canadianwinter
Autumn Bundle

Autumn Bundle

Here are four varied resources related to 'autumn', suitable for students of different ages: 'Wild Apples Essay Writing' (includes full text by Thoreau and instructions for writing an essay, ages 12-15); Autumn Literature & Composition (six pieces of writing and six different writing assignments to go with them, ages 11-13); Autumn Reading Comprehension Collection (27 stories and poems about autumn, followed by 'topics of discussion', ages 8-13); Autumn Leaves Mosaics Templates and Instructions (all you need to make old kleenex boxes or household cardboard into a beautiful seasonal craft, ages 7 and up).
canadianwinter
The Adventures of Sajo and her Beaver People Reading Comprehension

The Adventures of Sajo and her Beaver People Reading Comprehension

In this Canadian classic, you will read about an Ojibwa brother and sister, 11-year old Sajo and 14-year-old Shapian, and their adorable pet beavers, Chilawee and Chikanee. One spring day, Sajo's father rescues two baby beavers from an otter attack and brings them home to their village. After one of the beavers must be traded for food, Sajo and Shapian set off to see if they can buy him back. Travelling by canoe and by train, they face various challenges on their trip to the City. They employ skills they have learned from their Ojibwa elders, and are also helped by a Missionary, American tourists, and an Irish policeman. Written in the style of old-fashioned classics like ‘Heidi’, this original tale by the renowned British-Canadian conservationist known as ‘Grey Owl’ is both informative and touching. Rich and reportedly accurate descriptions of the Eastern Canadian wilderness provide the backdrop to a story of caring people who triumph in their efforts to reunite two baby beavers with their family and finally return them to the wilderness. Illustrations by the author and a glossary of Ojibwa terms are of further interest. The book is divided into 23 chapters. Write your own definitions, answer reading comprehension questions, and research 22 topics (ranging from how otters and beavers hunt and eat, to how elevators and steamboats work). For each of these activities, you may go into great detail, or just scratch the surface – the material is adaptable to different students. Enjoy a trip into the past with a sincere story-teller and lovable characters! Research topics: Jacques Cartier, Ojibwa tea, beaver dams and lodges, how otters hunt, feeding human food to wildlife, Ojibwa/European trade, what beavers eat in the wild, what instinct is, the Hudson’s Bay Company, birch bark canoes, what ‘portage’ means, forest fires, steamboats, who are the Ojibwa, Native American spiritual beliefs, animals in zoos versus in the wild, travelling by train in Canada (in the past), how elevators work, the importance of saying thank you, what bannock is, autumn around the world, how dangerous wolves really are. Bonus! This title includes a set of Canadian Wilderness themed notebooking pages.
canadianwinter
Essay Writing: Wild Apples

Essay Writing: Wild Apples

Read and Reflect! This assignment will take at least one week to complete. The student will read a thoughtful and informative piece of writing by Henry David Thoreau on the subject of ‘Wild Apples’, in which various themes are addressed, including history, myth, literature, philosophy and first-hand observations and reflections by the author. Several topics for essays are suggested. The student will treat the Thoreau text as a source for research purposes, and write an essay to show that they have familiarized themselves with the contents of the source, and have also thought about the contents. About The Text Thoreau is known for his unique and pensive style of writing. He spent considerable time in the wilderness and shared his reflections about nature and its relationship to mankind in his works. Here Thoreau ponders upon a marvelous fruit that has been important to humans since ancient times. He organises his musings according to the following themes: the History of the Apple Tree; the Wild Apple; the Crab-Apple; How the Wild Apple Grows; The Fruit and its Flavour; Their Beauty; the Naming of Them; the Last Gleaning; the ‘Frozen-Thawed’ Apple. Younger students often delve into season-related schoolwork in autumn – here is a text that will allow older students to do the same, and perhaps encourage appreciation of our natural surroundings, a gift at any age.
canadianwinter
Winter Literature & Composition

Winter Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about Winter, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: a narrow escape on an icy bridge, skating alone on a winter’s night, descriptive poetry in four-beat verse, the drama of inadequate winter clothing, a place in the mountains where it is always winter, and a ridiculous winter ‘tall’ tale. Writing assignments vary – from summarizing events in the third person, to writing a poem in four-beat verse, to describing a winter rescue, to writing a deliberately absurd story involving melting snow. An image of a photograph entitled Ice One is included to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
canadianwinter
The Moon Literature & Composition

The Moon Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about ‘The Moon’, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: an ancient Japanese fairy tale (monogatari), scientific speculation regarding how the Moon formed, a renowned old epic poem about a knight who loses his wits (which are later found on the Moon), Chinese poetry about gazing at the Moon, science fiction about creatures on the Moon, and an ancient Greek dialogue about what the Earth and its human inhabitants might look like from the Moon. Writing assignments vary – from rewriting a small portion of a story, to summarizing information, to writing a dialogue in the style of ‘rhetoric’, to describing being led about by an inhabitant of the Moon. A photograph of the Moon, taken through a telescope, is included (both in colour and in black and white) to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
canadianwinter
Snowflakes Mosaics Templates & Instructions

Snowflakes Mosaics Templates & Instructions

Make your empty Kleenex boxes into a pretty craft! Instructions, tips, four small templates and four large templates are included here. This is a fun way to re-use thin coloured cardboard from common household packaging! Larger cardboard mosaics can be completed by younger children, and smaller ones by older children, teens or adults. Use your completed mosaic to decorate the cover of a notebook, make a card (smaller templates are located on the lower half of a page for easy folding), as a wall hanging, or give it as a gift! Cardboard Mosaics and other similar crafts (such as cut and paste puzzles) are excellent tools for developing fine motor skills. This in turn can improve a student’s performance in other areas such as playing a musical instrument, writing neatly, attention to detail, patience, and the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. Go slowly and be generous with your praise – fine work takes practise and perseverance!
canadianwinter
Beginners' Reading Comprehension: 40 Short Texts

Beginners' Reading Comprehension: 40 Short Texts

A wide variety of unusual topics makes reading comprehension practise interesting for children and parents alike. These files contain no pictures, making it easier to focus on the text and questions! Here are 40 short Texts (approximately 100 words each) on varied topics, in two files. Each text is followed by 5 questions to be answered in full sentences in a separate notebook. Topics in ’20 Short Texts’: Three Friends, The Royal Wedding, The Human Nose, ‘I’m determined, Mother!’, Hawaii, A Prairie Summer, Clothing, The Aurora Borealis, Chickpeas, The Piano, Pilates, Shoes, Mozart’s Sister, Teeth, Marie Curie, Hans and Akshay, Cattails, Giacomo Puccini, Hildegard of Bingen, The Canada Lynx Topics in 'And 20 More Short Texts’: Maple Syrup, James Wants A Pet, Couscous, Beavers, Snow, Rubber, Life Without Cars, Dogs, Cleopatra, Elastoplast Bandages, Haudenosauee, The Human Eye, Use Objects Properly, Alexander Graham Bell, Canada Goose, Chocolate, Made In Canada, Garbage, Host or Hostess, Laurette Likes Goldenrod
canadianwinter
Winter: A Reading Comprehension Collection

Winter: A Reading Comprehension Collection

This collection contains 27 stories and poems on the theme of ‘Winter’ (including one or two selections suitable for Christmas and New Year), and a handful of ‘Winter’ colouring pages from Medieval woodcuts. Following each selection is a Topic of Discussion: a question which requires the student to think about one element of the text they just read, to form an opinion about it, and to express and defend that opinion. Younger students will benefit from the effort spent reading (either in their head or out loud) and then speaking with a parent/teacher or in a classroom setting about the Topic of Discussion, in a free style. Older students can benefit from using the Topic of Discussion as a starting point for a written assignment. I recommend that the older student state clearly what their point of view is, and defend it in one or two paragraphs. This will be good practise in defending an argument, a skill which becomes useful for essay-writing assignments in upper grades. The exercise of writing clearly and stating a coherent defense will prove a worthy challenge, even for pieces of writing which have simpler themes. Note: These selections are suitable for students in elementary or middle school, but are not presented in any specific order. Different texts may be better suited to older or younger students: a parent or teacher should always preview each individual piece of writing to make sure it is appropriate for a specific age group.
canadianwinter
Snow Treasure Reading Comprehension

Snow Treasure Reading Comprehension

‘Snow Treasure’ was written by Marie McSwigan and is based on true events. A Norwegian freighter arrived in America in 1940 with a cargo of gold bullion worth $9,000,000 (at the time). The story of how the gold was loaded onto the boat, with the help of local children and their sleds, is true. Only the details have been added for embellishment. This book is a part of the regular Grade 5 curriculum in many Canadian schools. It will appeal to anyone living where there is a snowy winter, and is a good introduction to the concepts and events surrounding World War II, without getting into gory detail and without any tragedy. There are three sets of pages included here. The first section contains sheets of questions (four questions per chapter) which the student may answer in a separate notebook. Simply read a chapter, out loud or to oneself, and then answer the questions. Also, for each chapter a definition of one word or term is included to help the student understand the chapter properly. The answer key allows a busy parent to check for correct information in the student’s answers without having to read the book along with them. Note that the answer key does not provide sample full sentences – just the facts. The second section contains the same questions and definitions, organized on a lined page so that the student can answer them right on the page (no need for a notebook). The same answer key applies. The third section contains lined pages for each chapter which the student may use to write a short plot summary of that chapter. The same definitions are also provided. There is no answer key for this section, as individual students will need a teacher’s input to evaluate their success. Note: The book is still protected by copyright, and must be purchased separately.
canadianwinter