For the competition, Canadian youth (ages 11-14 and 15-18) are invited to investigate solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and share what they found through photography, videography, or writing. The deadline for this year’s competition is March 30, 2018.
The good news is that there are solutions. So, grab a camera and/or your notebook, and head out into your community and start exploring.
Tips to help you get started
Not sure of how to get started with your story? We can help! We have lots of great free resources on our website to help you craft your plastic pollution stories, including handbooks and instructional videos.
The idea of the hero is something that even very small children understand at some level. Many perennially favorite picture books feature heroic characters (such as Max in Where the Wild Things Are — a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey). As children grow, their exposure to different manifestations of the hero broadens. They encounter heroes in television, movies, books, magazines and music, and on the pages of their local newspapers.
The heroic archetype features prominently in literary analysis at the high school level. A clear understanding of, and the ability to manipulate and apply, this idea is critical to any approach to world literature for the high school student. Unlike most of the Mensa Foundation’s lesson plans, this one includes the reading of a long novel as its culminating assignment.
This lesson plan was designed to tie into the Mensa Hero Bracket Challenge that began in the October 2010 issue of the Mensa Bulletin, with the results announced in the March 2011 issue. It is not necessary to read the article, however, for students to benefit from the lesson plan. If you are a member of Mensa, you (or your students) may read about the Hero Bracket Challenge in the October 2010 issue.
What makes a hero?
Where do we find heroes?
How are heroes in books different from heroes in real life?
What is the journey of the hero and how does the archetype manifest itself?
After completing the lessons in this unit, students will be able to:
Explain what makes a hero and the elements of the heroic journey.
Recognize heroic figures in multiple media.
Analyze a literary work for the heroic archetype.
Analyze a piece of literature for elements of the hero and the heroic journey.
Write an essay comparing and contrasting heroes in two works.
Ensure Internet access to look up relevant sites.
Get a copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Now announcing our 12th annual student contests for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.
2017/2018 National Student Contests
Poetry Deadline: November 15, 2017 Short-Story Deadline: November 30, 2017
Each year Polar Expressions Publishing hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!
There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.
Educatorsmay wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair).
Information packages, including entry forms are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by sending us an information request.
The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contests!
What does it mean to be a Canadian? Citizenship Week is here!
Citizenship Week is being celebrated across Canada from October 9 to 15, 2017. As we continue to mark Canada 150, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada wants to hear from you! Join many prominent Canadians who will be taking to social media to reflect what it means to be a Canadian and celebrate citizenship! Share stories of your citizenship journey, photos of your citizenship ceremony or videos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CitizenshipWeek.
Everyone is invited to show their pride during Citizenship Week and attend a special citizenship ceremony in your area. Details of where ceremonies are taking place, as well as information on how to organize a reaffirmation ceremony can be found at Canada.ca/celebrate-citizenship
Teacher guides have been developed in partnership with IRCC and CBC. The guides include grade-specific (grades 1-12) classroom activities which are built around expanding knowledge and awareness of Citizenship. They are available now to download for free on Curio.ca Curio.ca is CBC and Radio-Canada’s online subscriber-based streaming service developed expressly for the Canadian educational community.