5 Teaching Keys: My 1939 Canada Grade One Lesson in Gas Chambers & Bird-birthing

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On Sunday, September 3, 1939 Germany defied a British ultimatum to withdraw its troops from Poland and World War II broke out

Next morning Father sat glued to the radio at our breakfast table in Toronto and solemnly told us, “This is the darkest day in the history of the British Empire.” Outside the window the sun shone brightly, daring to differ.

I danced, not walked, with my sisters up the quarter-mile cinder path along Dufferin Street to Briar Hill Public School for my first day of school on Tuesday, September 5.

Grade One teacher Jeannie McDowell had shoulder-length, loose,  wavy black hair and was a little preoccupied, plump and lopsided. She wore a black sweater coat and brightly flowered dress with a white background. She was colorful and dramatic compared to the housewife mothers I knew.

At first I was seated near the front which was particularly good on the day we…

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“Books in the YA genre, in particular, should use proper grammar because they’re more of an example to young people than adults books are.”

“Books in the YA genre, in particular, should use proper grammar because they’re more of an example to young people than adults books are.”
― Laura Kreitzer

Survey: Which P.O.V Do You Prefer as a Writer?

Which point of view do you prefer? Share with other writers at <a href=”http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3MW38GB”>Click here to take survey</a>

Which Point of View Do You Prefer?

<a href="Click here to take survey” title=”Which Point of View Do You Prefer?”>Which Point of View Do You Prefer?

I decided to create a survey in order to find out which point of view most authors prefer. The data collected will be followed up with a blog sometime next week.

“Put down every…

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”

(Casual Chance, 1964)”
― Colette