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UbD resources from Jay McTighe

Support for your use of "Understanding by Design" planning

The resources tab on the JayMcTighe website has a number of useful links for teachers wanting more support as they explore UbD planning with their students. Of interest is the "Downloads" section, which offers Design Tools as well as sample Essential Questions for a range of curricular areas.

There are some helpful videos on the site as well:


"Love Over Fear" - A video response to the Paris attacks

Stay strong and stay together
Published on 16 Nov 2015
Ammar, Thomas, Matt and Derin are from 4 different countries and were particularly affected by the ISIS terror attacks from these past few weeks. "At a desperate time, we felt like the most important thing to remember is that we let them win if we divide ourselves... As people we have to stay strong and stay together. Love to you all."


Story Monsters Ink - magazine

December 2015 issue available
"Story Monsters Ink is a free, subscription-based digest that gives parents and educators the latest news about award-winning and debut books. The magazine also features an author profile each month, listings of authors who visit schools, back to school and summer reading guides, listings of newly published books, as well as other articles about book trends, bookstores, author news, etc."

The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained in 10 Minutes

Middle-Earth simplified!
If your students are intrigued by "The Lord of the Rings", either books or movies, and want a quick primer (Magic Card style) on the mythological background, these 2 videos are for you.

"Presented in a rapid fire style like that of motormouth YA novelist and video educator John Green, "The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained" is exactly that–two very quick tours, with illustrations, through the complex mythological world of Middle Earth, the setting of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and other books you've maybe never heard of. These videos were made before the final installment of Jackson's interminable Hobbit trilogy, but they cover most major developments before and after the events in short book on which he based those films."



ELA Authorized Novels - Alberta Ed

Authorized Novels and Nonfiction Annotated List -Gr 4 to 12 (2005)

Some suggestions from Alberta - you might find a title or two - notice that the lists are already a few years old!
This annotated list provides short quotation summaries, suggested themes and literary features. It also identifies potentially sensitive issues. This list also includes video titles that have been authorized to support some elementary and junior high school titles.