September 3

ELA A30 Sept 03/16 Non-fiction novel titles to choose from

In the A30 course, you’ll read a non-fiction and a fiction novel. Everyone has their own preferences and interests in what they’ll spend their time reading about, so I have several options for you to choose from for both these types of novel choices this year.Image result for reading quotes

You can click on the link to learn more about the novel or read ratings/reviews to help you make your choice.

Non-fiction novels – we will be reading this in the first half of the course

  1. The Secret Lives of Srg. John Wilson – Lois Simmie
  2. A House in the Sky – Amanda Linhout
  3. The Truth About Luck: What I Learned on my Road Trip with Grandma – Ian Ried
  4. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield
  5. Letters to my Grandchildren – David Suzuki

Fiction Novels – this will be the second novel reading in the semester

  1. Quality of Light – Richard Wagamese
  2. Indian Horse – Richard Wagamese
  3. Three Day Road – Joseph Boyden
  4. The Orenda – Joseph Boyden
  5. The Englishman’s Boy – Guy Vanderhaeghe
  6. Stones – William Bell
  7. The Life of Pi – Jan Martel
  8. The Diviners – Margarette Lawrence

If you have an idea for a replacement for either of these genres of books, talk to me and we can maybe include it in the list.

April 6

April 6/16 Of Mice and Men – Before, During, After Resources

The question of what’s fair and what’s right has been the source of ongoing debate for ages and the events of the short novel we’ll read next tugs at the heartstrings through its events in trying to explore that same question.

Before Reading:

    • Check out the experiment done with monkeys – they understand “fair

    • Watch and take notes from this introduction video that gives background and context to the plot of the novel

You’ll be independently reading the novel Of Mice and Men.

For some, you may benefit and enjoy more having the book read to them and the following audio version of the book is perfect, because it’s read by the actor who plays George in the movie.

Embedded here is a playlist of the six chapters of the book. In total, it amounts to just over three hours worth of reading.


Note: If you use the audiobook to read this novel, follow along in your book while you listen to it. This has been studied and shows to improve reading ability and your comprehension of the text. If you listen to the novel and aren’t able to follow along, that’s up to you.

It’s here as an option.