The Canadian Reader

The Canadian Reader / Nos Nouvelles is a classroom-ready current events resource for students in grades 3 and up. This publication, available in English and in French, combines current Canadian events and issues with geography to expand students' knowledge of Canada while enhancing their ability to read and understand informational text.

Published eight times during the school year, each issue focuses on one of six key reading comprehension strategies – making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, and synthesizing/transforming – and includes:

  • three news stories, written at a level students can understand;
  • detailed literacy-based lesson plans, including ready-to-use graphic organizers and criteria for assessment;
  • a map assignment featuring a region of Canada highlighted in one of the articles;
  • Did You Know? – a non-fiction comic strip featuring background information related to one of the news stories, accompanied by a lesson plan and supporting material.

A full-year subscription (8 issues) costs $198.

All teachers and students within one school can access the resources. Subscriptions are delivered via Internet download. Subscribers receive a password each month to allow them to access the publication on our website as soon as it is posted.

Of the reams of educational resources out there, What in the World? is easily one of my favourites.

G. Shuley, Nanaimo, B.C.