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43 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. Contact Olivia Hamilton at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679 or email library@oct.ca. reviews Your guide to recently released books and other teaching resources. September 2017 | Professionally Speaking L'Atlas Gallimard Jeunesse, Gallimard Jeunesse, Paris, France, 2015, ISBN 978-2-070-66679-9, 160 pages, $29, gallimardmontreal.com L'Atlas Gallimard Jeunesse (The Gallimard Youth Atlas) TRANSLATED BY SYLVIE DERAIME AND CATHERINE ZERDOUN For anyone interested in this world (doesn't that mean all of us?), this atlas, originally written in French, is an ideal resource to get lost in. It opens with a clearly written, multi- page guide to maps that show readers how to draw the world, make and read maps, and use the atlas. Illustrations help students to fully grasp the copious amount of information that fills every page of this work. Every region of the world and many parts of continents and countries are explored in detail through texts, graphics, symbols and maps. (Each page includes a map or an image.) The book is particularly effective in drawing our attention to lesser-known sectors of our planet, and providing a wealth of information about them. Although approximately 20 pages are devoted entirely to France (where the book is published), the rest of the atlas col- lects an impressive amount of information about all other major world geography topics, including cartography, the physical world, populations and the economy. This youth atlas is not just for geography teachers; it's for anyone who would like to learn more about our world. Jean-François Maheu, OCT, teaches French, history and geography at the École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est in Ottawa. Literacy 101: Questions and answers that meet the needs of real teachers in K–8 classrooms, Pembroke Publishers, Markham, Ont., 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55138-315-6, 128 pages, $24.95, pembrokepublishers.com Literacy 101 BY DAVID BOOTH Using his customary frank style, David Booth writes clearly and succinctly about what has and has not worked for him during his many decades of teaching. In this wide-ranging overview of literacy education, he outlines the many definitions of what literacy means and looks like. He points out that while its foundation of reading and writing is always pivotal, it extends to many other arenas like drama, role-play- ing, art and other expressions of the written word. Literacy 101 answers questions about how to turn research and theory into effective teaching practices. It examines the multiplicity of text forms that literacy can take like prose, comics, poetry and songs (Bob Dylan did, after all, win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016). In addition, it suggests a wide range of teaching strategies that can be applied — from phonics and word walls to literature circles, journal writing and dramatic exploration. The book further delves into how teachers can develop a literacy community and outlines techniques for creating a cohesive group. Using tests as a teaching tool is a key part of Booth's approach. Testing not only monitors how students are doing but provides a scaffold for the students themselves to monitor and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Majella Atkinson, OCT, is a Grade 8 teacher at St. Pius X School with the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

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