New Words, New Worlds (1996)

These stories and poems were originally contributed to the student writing section of the Winnipeg Volunteer Reading Aides newsletter.

With the help of a grant from the Canadian Give the Gift of Literacy Foundation, Winnipeg Volunteer Reading Aides (WVRA) has produced a four-volume set of books. All of the 15 stories and poems were written by students of WVRA. Winnipeg artist Glennys Hardie provided the illustrations, which comprise at least half of each page. As well as enhancing the stories, they can be used to enable the reader to predict narrative events, and to provide contextual clues to word recognition and meaning, etc. Indeed, learners could be encouraged to write their own text for the pictures, or the pictures could be used with or without text in sequencing activities.

In general, Books 1 and 2 have shorter words and sentences, while Books 3 and 4 have more text and are somewhat more complex in style and conceptual content. These books should appeal to readers of almost any age or background, including aboriginal, ESL, and those with learning disabilities.

For further information regarding this book, or to find out how to order, contact:

Winnipeg Volunteer Reading Aides
230-500 Portage Aven.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3X1
Telephone: (204)786-1212

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