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Summer Books: What the Kids are Reading

You asked us what we were reading? Here are the kids’ top book pics for Summer of Funner 2015! Together, we’re reading…. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lason and Sydney Smith Anansi/Groundwood, 2015 As lovers of JonArno Lawson’s poems, I wasn’t sure how the kids were going to respond to this wordless jaunt through town. Reader, […]

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Summer Books: Kid-Drawn, “Modern” Sense and Sensibility Comics

Anyone who saw last year’s Chaucer Comics would know how much we love to make comic books out of classic literature!  Today, I gave the kids and guest a few blank sheets of paper and asked them to come up with a quick six-panel modernized scene from Sense and Sensibility. Here are the kids’ Sense and Sensibility […]

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Summer Books: Sketching The Faerie Queene [Book I, Cantos i-iii]

Within five minutes, we had read about a knight, a lady, a dragon, a dwarf, a vomiting half-female half-serpent monster, and her combustible spawn….This week, we’re reading the first book of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and the kids are loving it! The first book features the adventures of the Red Crosse Knight [or St. George] and […]

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Summer Books: Re-Producing Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale and a “Classics Comics” DIY

Medieval Bad Girls (and Chickens) Week continues in our Summer Reading Series…. Today, the “chickens” come into play…I read the kids a small bit of Chaucer’s Middle English as well as Peter Ackroyd’s prose treatment of Chaucer’s “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” from his Canterbury Tales: A Retelling. [We borrowed this one from the Toronto Public Library as […]

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Summer Books: Re-Telling Beowulf

When our summer fun began, I thought we were going to sit down and re-write modern or alternate versions of Beowulf. However, since it is a poem meant to be spoken or sung, the kids opted to do something similar. So, after I finished reading Beowulf out loud, the kids stood up and improvised 5-10 […]

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Summer Books: The Beowulf Notebooks, Day One

This going to be a lit-heavy Summer of Funner…And by that, I mean, we are going to read some of the “classics” and relate to them by taking notes, drawing, memorizing bits, writing about them, re-writing them, or writing original work inspired by them. And the theme of this summer? Well, that would be “dystopias.” […]

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