7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga makes the shortlist for the Manitoba Book Awards, 2013
P&M Press is pleased to announce that 7 Generations has been nominated for Best Illustrated Book of the Year and McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category. Congratulations to author David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson.
The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala, on Sunday April 28th at the West End Cultural Centre and hosted by Ismaila Alfa. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The shortlists and recipients are selected by a variety of juries, comprised of writers, publishers, and other book industry personnel from across Canada.
We are pleased to announce that the graphic novel, Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story, is listed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as an approved resource for English Language Arts. Congratulations to author David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson.
Manitoba authors David Robertson, Dave Williamson, and Edith Friesen will be sharing their insights and reading from their work. Award Presentations and readings will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. RSVP by email to Linda Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg
Time: 7:00 pm
Date: October 18, 2012
Graphic Education: Using the Graphic Novel in the Classroom
Presented by David Alexander Robertson at the Manitoba Association of Teachers of English and Canadian Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Joint SAGE Conference Expanding Voice and Vision
Graphic novels are a great tool for motivating students to read. With many students already familiar with the graphic-novel format, teachers are finding this genre effective for teaching reading strategies, media literacy, and historical and socially relevant topics — even to the most reluctant readers. David Robertson will discuss how his own history led him to write graphic novels. He will then show how graphic novels can be used in the classroom to engage all students in learning. David Robertson’s graphic novels (The Life of Helen Betty Osborne, 7 Generations, Sugar Falls) have appeared in classrooms across Canada, making Aboriginal history, culture, and contemporary issues more accessible to students.
For more information about the MATE conference please visit www.mbteach.org.
5 Getting Started Tips for Using Book Trailers in Your Classroom
Book trailers are increasingly used in today’s multimedia classrooms. Book trailers are a great way to inspire students and engage reluctant readers. Similar to the purpose of a movie preview, a book trailer can activate interest in reading a book. As an example, watch the book trailer for the upcoming colour edition of 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga.
Teachers use book trailers in their classrooms for more than a traditional book report. Trailers can be used to meet language arts/literacy curriculum goals by teaching students how to analyze and synthesize visual information. Below are 5 suggestions for using book trailers in your classroom.
Show the trailer before reading the book. This helps to create a sense of anticipation and enhances the reading experience for the reader by providing the gist of the book’s storyline.
Show the trailer following the reading of the book. This helps to provide students with a clear visual model of the literacy skill summarizing. Trailers can also provide models of other literary techniques, including foreshadowing, mood, pacing, and tone.
Build critical-thinking skills by having students compare the book to the trailer. Provide discussion questions such as; Did watching the trailer hinder or enhance the experience of reading the book?
Compare one trailer to another trailer about the same book. Generate discussion questions that students can keep in mind when analyzing, such as: What worked in the book trailer? What didn’t?
Have students create their own book trailers (great support can be found at www.booktrailersforreaders.com). Give students an opportunity to view other students’ book trailers by hosting a book trailer viewing day in the school library.
For more information about 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga, please visit www.pandmpress.com.
43rd Annual Saskatchewan Reading Conference
March 29–30, 2012
David Alexander Robertson will be speaking at the Annual Saskatchewan Reading Conference. David will take an in-depth look at how the graphic novel can be used in the classroom and why it is such an excellent tool for educators. He will also discuss why the graphic novel is an ideal forum for sharing the Aboriginal experience with students. David will be presenting two sessions on Friday, March 30, at the Delta Regina, Lombardy Room C at 10:30-11:30 am and again at 1:15-2:15 pm.
7 Generations series is an ambitious and fearless undertaking
according to Girl to the Rescue, a literary blog that reviews mostly young adult literature, children’s books, graphic novels, and fantasy. In this blog, the writer points out that
the splicing of the past with the present is the most effective part of the series, where Edwin must experience a passed history by reliving it through story. For the reader, this is made clear because of the format of the graphic novel. The reader sees the seamless weaving together of past and present, which is made most explicit by frame-by-frame representations that highlight the synchronicity between the two.