Thursday, March 29, 2018

O, Canada - 3.29 #sol18 Story Challenge

There's a lot I like about Canada, and that feeling antedates any sentiments particular to the 2016 election and its aftermath. This good will has only intensified since I saw the TV show Canada Reads for the first time Wednesday.

Five panelists (celebrities, some Canucks might say) take turns over four days championing a book that they believe all Canadians should read. True to reality-programming form, one title is voted off the island each episode by those same panelists until a single book remains as that year's winner. The victor emerged today as I heard repeatedly via CBC radio headlines.

An entire country using its public media to champion communal reading? Canada, you're not my native land, but in this moment, you feel like home.

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  1. This sounds like a show I could get into! I think I'm going to have to check it out!

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  2. I love when you open my eyes to some amazing tidbit I’ve missed. I was saddened that I didn’t know any of the books in the battle. Does that mean I’m too American?

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  3. I am originally from Canada and have been following Canada reads for several years. I've only read a couple of these so far, as they aren't all at my local library. I often get one as a gift from my twin sister and I am hopeful "Forgiveness" might be a gift this year.

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  4. What an awesome idea! Do you know what they picked as the winner? I wish we had that type of reality TV here.

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    1. Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, defended by Jeanne Beker won Canada Reads, as American War by Omar El Akkad, defended by Tahmoh Penikett, was eliminated.

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  5. Late to the game here, but I live in Ontario & this year a colleague suggested this activity - I love it: I showed the two debate sections to my Grade 10 students as a real-world example of what will be expected of them when they do a graded discussion. We focused on how the panelists interacted, agreed and disagreed with each other, built on each others' ideas, asked questions, interrupted, spoke respectfully (or not), and so on.

    Day 1:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6JkHVcGQdM

    trailer and pitch from 22:18 to 24:15
    debate from 36:05 to 41:35


    Day 2:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82_Tg2oVQoI

    debate from 23:15 to 31:15

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    1. Good stuff, Amanda! Thanks for these links for later reference. I'm glad you came to play the game when you did :)

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