Imagine! Series

Twenty-six Grade 6 students at Lawrence Grassi Middle School, in Canmore Alberta were given the assignment: “Integration of Social Studies and English Language Arts”. The students were asked to engage in a local project in order to make a difference in our community. 

They chose the Bow Valley SPCA.  The students were asked to write narrative stories, adding real or imaginary details, while working on some grammar concepts.

A volunteer from the Bow Valley SPCA visited the class and told them about the some of the dogs and cats that have been rescued.  In almost every case, the history of the cats and dogs before being cared for by the SPCA is unknown.  In some cases, the people who have adopted a dog or cat move away from the community.  In either case, imagining the details about a dog’s or cat’s life requires creativity and empathy.

Nadine Trottier, the teacher for this class states, “The stories generated a hook for my students to start writing their own stories.  In 21st century education, we often talk about the importance of engaging students into worthwhile tasks and have an authentic audience for them to share their work.  By agreeing to post my students' stories onto the SPCA website, my students now feel they are writing for a real audience and purpose."

The Education Committee for the Bow Valley SPCA is thrilled with the results.  We think you will be too—enjoy!

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