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Helena Aalto

Saskatchewan Literacy Network

Knowledge Exchange Conference

November 24, 2010


  • Short—less than 100 pages

  • Fast-paced

  • Original stories

  • Top Canadian authors


For adult learners

  • Reading level grade 3 to 6

  • Stories for adults, not kids

  • Engaging reading experience

  • Accessible vocabulary and story structure


Also for fluent readers who are

  • Too busy for full-length books

  • On the go, commuters, travelers

  • Fans of the authors


HOW IT ALL BEGAN

  • Inspired by Quick Reads in the UK

  • Brenda Livingston TPL

  • Pat Campbell Grass Roots Press

  • Margaret Eaton ABC Life Literacy Canada


ABC Life Literacy Canada

VISION

  • We envision a Canada where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged life.

    MISSION

  • We inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills.

  • We connect and mobilize business, unions, government, communities and individuals to support lifelong learning.

  • We achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships.


ADULT LEARNERS

To provide adult learners with the tools and resources they need

EMPLOYERS AND UNIONS

To engage employers and unions to implement literacy and essential

skills training in the workplace

PUBLIC/MEDIA/INFLUENCERS

To influence decision makers, opinion leaders and the public to

understand and support adult literacy and lifelong learning

LITERACY FIELD

To collaborate with and support the literacy field by providing tools

and resources


SERIES NAME CRISIS

  • Quick Reads UK

  • Quick Reads Canada

  • Quick Reads US classroom literacy program


SERIES NAME CONSULTATION

  • Project Advisory Group

  • Literacy Practitioners

  • Adult Learners

  • AFLIG Librarians


SERIES NAME DEVELOPMENT

  • Pathway Reads

  • Read Up

  • Page Turners (Turn Page Books)

  • Brain Sparks

  • Northern Lights

  • Good Reads


WRITING GUIDELINES

  • Widely diverse audience, including ESL

  • Genre and style of author’s other books

  • Assumptions about what readers know: provide background information


YES

  • Engaging story to hook readers

  • Plot twists, tension and pace

  • Chronological narrative

  • Few characters with distinct names

  • Dialogue: identify speaker


NO

  • Complex metaphors

  • Leaps back and forth in time

  • Shifts in points of view


PUNCTUATION

  • Punctuation to guide meaning

  • Period, comma, apostrophe, exclamation & question marks

  • Not too many commas in a sentence

  • Dash, colon, semi-colon, ellipses


WORD CHOICE

  • Fleish-Kincaid formula for Grade 3-5

  • Familiar one and two syllable words, but too many short words is choppy

  • Use three syllable words sparingly (unless very familiar)


EXPRESSIONS

  • Idioms

  • Colloquial words and phrases

  • Swearing


SENTENCES & PARAGRAPHS

  • Sentences 15 words or less

  • Paragraphs 5 sentences or less

  • Simple sentences: subject, verb, object


CHAPTERS

  • Short: 6 to 10 pages

  • Chapter breaks relate to content


CHALLENGING WORDS

  • Tarpaulin

  • Boa

  • Discreet


COVERS

  • Eye-catching

  • Look like regular books

  • Appeal to adult learners

  • Also appeal to fluent readers 

    INTERIORS

  • Legible font style and size

  • Spacing between lines of text

  • Wider margins


DEBORAH ELLIS

  • The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, Three Wishes

  • Political activist and philanthropist

  • Lives in Simcoe, Ontario

    In from the Cold

  • Realistic and poignant

  • Homeless mother and daughter


GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ

  • The Cure for Death by Lightning, A Recipe for Bees

  • Lives in Shuswap, BC

  • Personal interest in adult literacy

    The Stalker

  • Thriller, adventure

  • Vancouver Island setting


MAUREEN JENNINGS

  • Detective William Murdoch series set in 1890s Toronto

  • Murdoch Mysteries TV series

  • Born in UK, lives in Toronto

    Shipwreck

  • Set in1873 and modern day

  • William Murdoch as a boy

  • Strong plot and characters, historical details


RABINDRANATH MAHARAJ

  • The Amazing Absorbing Boy, A Perfect Pledge, Homer in Flight

  • Born in Trinidad, immigrated in 1990s, lives in Ajax, ON

    The Picture of Nobody

  • Immigrant family in suburbs

  • Impact of racism: humiliation, suspicion, revenge fantasies

  • Brown skin = terrorist


LOUISE PENNY

  • Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries

  • Lives in QC Eastern Townships

  • Personal interest in adult literacy

    The Hangman

  • Set in fictional village of Three Pines, Quebec

  • Armand Gamache story

  • Many familiar characters


GAIL VAZ-OXLADE

  • Til Debt Do Us Part on TV

  • Bestseller Debt-Free Forever

  • Lives in Toronto

    Easy Money

  • Personal planning

  • Day-to-day saving, credit card debt, “payday loans”

  • No-nonsense advice, shoot-from-the-hip style


READING GUIDES

Reading/Teaching Guide for each title

Discussion questions, activities to enhance classroom and individual experience

Free download on Grass Roots website


EDITOR’S PERSPECTIVES

Experienced authors who understand the editing process

Editor takes the blame: “Help me understand…”

Queries may change author’s perspective on novel’s direction


EDITOR’S PERSPECTIVES

Flexibility is part of the editing process

Fiction doesn’t always follow guidelines

Readers don’t read in gulps


EDITOR’S PERSPECTIVES

Literacy-challenged readers often have good memories and notice slips in continuity

Editor keeps chart of the details: dates, eye and hair colour, numbers, ages


MEDIA INTEREST

Toronto Star

Globe and Mail

CBC Radio

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Regina Leader Post

…everywhere!


PUBLICITY & MARKETING

  • Author tours

  • Bookmarks, posters

  • Website

  • Literacy community outreach

  • Advertising in publications read by literacy practitioners


FALL 2011

  • Joseph Boyden

  • Marina Endicott

  • Joy Fielding

  • Robert Hough

  • Anthony Hyde

  • Frances Itani

JOSEPH BOYDEN


MY FAVOURITE GOOD READS


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