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Writing Matters: Creative Writing Activities
All comprehensive teaching strategies on the Library and Archives Canada site contain detailed guidelines for educators, including learning outcomes, instructions for classroom use, student worksheets and suggested criteria for assessment.
Description of Project
Teachers and teacher-librarians are encouraged to access this site to fulfill a variety of curricular expectations for their students in grades 11 and 12. As stated in many provincial guidelines, students are expected to use print and electronic sources for analytic and creative purposes. Furthermore, students are expected to "demonstrate an understanding of Canadian fiction ... and non-fiction from diverse cultures, regions, and time periods." (See The Ontario Curriculum 2000, p. 69.) "The student will show an understanding of the types of discourse: by responding to and employing the media (aural, visual, print and multimedia) related to a specific context." (See The Quebec Secondary School Curriculum Document p. 16.) Since the Canadian writers featured on the Library and Archives Canada site represent various genres of literature and regions of Canada, their generous contributions may help students realize these expectations.
Oral and Visual Communication
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories. Selected by Michael Ondaatje. [Mississauga, Ontario: Knopf Canada, 1992.
Ghiselin, Brewster, ed. The Creative Process: A Symposium. Toronto: New American Library of Canada, 1965.
The Oxford Book of French-Canadian Short Stories. Introduced by Marie-Claire Blais. Edited by Richard Teleky. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Urquhart, Jane. The Whirlpool: A Novel. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1986.