Reading Canada: Teaching Canadian Fiction in Secondary Schools

Paperback | January 11, 2013

byWendy Donawa, Leah Fowler

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With plot summaries, thoughtful analyses, and contextualizing discussions of selected works, Reading Canada gives teachers and teacher-candidates the essential information they need to introduce secondary-school students of all reading levels to outstanding Canadian works of fiction.

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With plot summaries, thoughtful analyses, and contextualizing discussions of selected works, Reading Canada gives teachers and teacher-candidates the essential information they need to introduce secondary-school students of all reading levels to outstanding Canadian works of fiction.

Wendy Donawa is associate faculty in the Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. She has previously taught at Barbados Community College, the University of Victoria, the College of the Rockies, and the University of Lethbridge. She h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:January 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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FiguresAcknowledgements1. Introduction: More than Wheat and Snow: Curating Our Narrative CultureA Word about Book Choice- Concerns for the Teacher: Censorship and AppropriationStructure and Layout of the BookChapter Summaries2. Re/Presenting the Present: Contemporary Realism in Canadian FictionA Recognizable Vision of the Human Condition- The Evolution of "Real" Youth LiteratureContext and Challenge in Social Realism: Friend, Fears, Families, Fitting InTesserae in the Canadian Mosaic- Aboriginal Narratives- African-Canadian Narratives- Asian-Canadian Narratives- The Gender Spectrum- Capabilities DifferingCurriculum and Pedagogy: The Why, What, and How of Canadian Literature in the Classroom- Why Narrative is Important- Canadian Content: The What of Canadian Fiction Pedagogy- The How: Teaching Canadian FictionCase Studies- What Fear Makes Us Do- What Friendship Makes Possible3. Historical Fiction: "Making and Remaking the Past"Intersections: Historical Thinking and Literary Insight- Historical Thinking and Primary Evidence- Historical Fiction and Interpretive Insight- Expanding Perspectives: Theoretical Lenses"The Past is a Foreign Country"- Representing Canada in Fictional Overviews and Series- "A History of Bindings": Pre-Contact, Exploration, and Early SettlementPersonal and National Identity in the Nineteenth Century- The "Psycho-Geography" Emerges: American and British Cultural Templates- The Company Store: Unpacking "Heroic" Myths- Drawing Boundaries: From Colony to NationWhere Does "History" End?- Entering the Century, Entering the Country- World War I: War Literature and the YA Reader- Between the Wars- The World War II Decade- Reading Postwar CanadaTeaching Historical Fiction Case Studies- Historical Thinking and Literary Insight in The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter- Historical Thinking and Literary Insight in the Canadian Section of Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes4. Speculative Fiction: Imagining the World OtherwiseSpeculative Genres: "Nailing Jelly to the Wall"- Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction- Speculative Genres and Canadian IdentityMyth, Magic, and the Transcendent Imagination- Mythic Foundations- High Fantasy Influences and Perilous Realms- Hybrid Heroes- IntertextualityHistorical Fantasy: Illuminating our Collective and Individual PastContemporary Speculation- Modern Fairy Tales- Urban Fantasy- Paranormal Powers- Things that Go Bump in the NightDystopian Warnings and New Cartographies of the Imaginary FutureSpeculative Fiction Pedagogy: Educating the Imagination: Multiple Worlds, Imaginative BridgesCase Studies- Archetype and Future-Vision in The Keeper of the Isis Light- Who is Rocking the Blue-Green Cradle? Studying Symbolism in Wake by Robert Sawyer5. Visual Literacy, Dual Texts, and the Expanded EyePicture Books: A Metacognitive View- Picture-Books and the Older Reader: "Crossover" Appeal- Illustrated Genres: Text or Image as Carrier of Meaning?- Alphabets of Visual Literacy: Line and Colour, Style and Medium- Synthesis: Text, Metatext, PeritextGraphica and the Canon: Adult Prohibition and Guilty Pleasures- Comic Book Ancestry and Edgy Issues- "Crossover" Maps of Place and MemoryPedagogy: In/Visible Reading, Expanding Vision- Visual Literacy and the Dual Text- Visual Learning and the Twenty-First Century LearnerCase Studies- The Dual Text and Sense of Place in Josepha- Loss and Imagination: Child's Experience, Adult World6. The YA Reader in the Digital AgeLiterary Thinking and Digital "Continuous Partial Attention"- What Changes? What Abides? Finding Spaces of Thoughtful Attention- Literary Resources Online: Journals, Media, Organizations- More Online Resources: Author and Publisher Websites- The Electronic Style Migration: Digital Characteristics of YA Literature- Navigating Non-Linear Literature: Hypertext and RhizomesLiterature, Pedagogy, and Community in a Digital World- Engaging the Digital World: Enhancing the Reading Experience- Theoretical Frames for Digitally-Enhanced Pedagogy- Technology and the Reading ProcessMedia, Literature, and Implications for the Teacher- Changing Relations of Power- Instructional Scaffolding in the Digital Classroom- Implications for EvaluationCase Studies for a Digital Age- Cross-Country Bookshelf: National Bio-Literary Mapping Project (Age 12 and up)- Classroom Reads Canada (mid-late teens)7. "A Nation Taking Shape""Real People Wrote These Books!"Beyond the CanonNational Myths and Literary TraditionsCanadian Fiction, Canadian ReadersAppendix A: Governor General's Awards for French-Language Children's Literature and Illustration 2003-2010 and English- to-French TranslationAppendix B: "Crossover" NovelsAppendix C: Curriculum ResourcesAppendix D: Anti-bullying ResourcesAppendix E: Close Reading of a NovelGlossaryReferencesIndexesThematic IndexAuthor and Title IndexGeneral Index

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"The authors have succeeded in their ambitious aims to introduce a wide range of contemporary literature of exceptional literary quality, and to bridge theory and practice through pedagogical essays that delve into literary and pedagogical issues and themes." --Shelley Stagg Peterson, Canadian Children's Book News