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44 REVIEWS Professionally Speaking December 2019 For additional reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. With the exception of some classroom sets, items reviewed are available on loan from the Margaret Wilson Library at the College. Call 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679 or email library@oct.ca. Your guide to recently released books and other teaching resources. Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing Grades 3–8, Pembroke Publishers, Markham, Ont., 2018, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55138-329-3, 144 pages, $24.95, pembrokepublishers.com Ten Cents a Pound BY NHUNG N. TRANS-DAVIES, ILLUSTRATED BY JOSÉE BISAILLON A little girl follows her mama through the coffee fields where she works, noticing the toll that work has left on her mother's body: scratched hands, calloused feet, strained eyes, a hunched back — just to name a few. Moved by these physical scars, and devoted to her mother, the little girl vows that she will always stay with her in the fields. Her mother, however, insists her daughter venture beyond the fields and take advantage of the opportu- nities that await her — opportunities her mother will never have. This beautifully written text shows readers of all ages that a parent's love for a child has no boundaries. Together the words and illustrations hint at the natural course of life, where every generation wants more for the next one. The lucky ones get that wish. Through gentle and delicate details, the illustrator alternates between revealing the harsh realities of life in this small village and the endless possibil- ities that lie before the young girl, while still leaving much to the imagination. The rhythm and light repetition of the text will appeal to younger readers. Older readers will notice the social justice issues and their complexities, prompting meaningful discussions in classrooms. Although its text is short and simple, Ten Cents a Pound raises awareness of important, multi-layered issues that will encourage students to think like global citizens. Caroline Cremer, OCT, teaches a Grade 2/3 class at Leslieville Junior Public School in Toronto. Ten Cents a Pound, Second Story Press, Toronto, 2018, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-77260-056-8, 24 pages, $18.95, distributed by University of Toronto Press, utorontopress.com Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing Grades 3–8 BY LORI JAMISON ROG More and more, our communications are dominated by written text — in emails, tweets, blog posts, Instagram and any number of online platforms. As the author says, our students today are part of the "writingest" generation in history. Students' ability to write has become an essential skill and quite possibly a predictor of future success. This book addresses the need to meet students where they are so they can learn to take full advantage of the written word as they use technology to share ideas. It also highlights how different formats and audiences require different writing conventions. Rog has divided the book into three sections: organizing the workshop, unit planning, and content, craft and conventions. Minilessons with catchy names like "Chunk and Chew, Stop and Jot," "Slo-Mo Writing" and "What Does Red Sound Like?" are designed to help make student writing pop. Rog uses the memorable acronym TAG: Tell some- thing you like in the piece of writing, Ask questions, and Give advice. The book offers everything teachers in Grades 3–8 need to plan for a year of writing instruction — unit plans, rubrics, assessment tools, mentor texts and blackline masters. If you are searching for new ideas for writing lessons, this is a great book to add to your collection. Kerry Zinkiewich, OCT, is the vice-principal at Clarington Central Intermediate and Secondary School in Bowmanville, Ont.

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