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CBVRSB Literacy Moodle (7-12)


Contact Information
Audrey Kyte-Murphy
Language Arts P-12/Literacy Support Consultant
Northside Staff Development Center 33 Napoleon St., North Sydney, NS B2A 3G6
Office: (902) 794-1047
Cell: (902) 577-5368
Craig Seward
Literacy Coach (P-12)
Northside Staff Development Center 33 Napoleon St., North Sydney, NS B2A 3G6
Office: (902) 794-1047
Cell: (902) 578-5331
Erin Connors
Literacy Coach (7-12)
MacLennan Junior High School (Base) 183 Sunnydale Drive, Westmount, NS B1R 1J4
Cell: (902) 561-6261

Are you interested in trying something new this semester?  Do you have some great ideas, but not enough time to plan?  Maybe we can help.

Craig Seward and Erin Connors,  CBVRSB Literacy Coaches, are available to work with you on any plans and strategies for improving student literacy.  Are you interested in learning more about:

  • The Workshop Model
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Reading/Writing Workshops
  • The Gradual Release of Responsibility
  • Strategies like annotation, close reading of texts, article of the day, etc.?

We can arrange to get you a substitute.  Let us know what strategies you are interested in, and we can set up a time to meet.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Erin Connors
(902) 561 – 6251
Craig Seward
(902) 578-5331
  • The PURDUE OWL (On-line Writing Lab) offers free writing, research, grammar and mechanics, and style guide resources for students and teachers.  It is a truly excellent resource.


  • Teaching Channel is a video showcase website that features short videos of innovative and effective teaching practices in action.


  • ReadWriteThink is the site of the International Reading Association and houses an abundance of material to support instruction. 


  • Shmoop is a teacher and student resource website that supplements in-class learning with fun, engaging, relatable learning materials that brings English literature to life.






NS Department of Education Links

Link to the Program of Learning Assessment (PLANS) site.

Reading, Writing, and Math in Grade 8.

English 10 Provincial Examination.


Professional Resources

Here are links to some of our favourite writers of professional resources for teachers:

Penny Kittle is the author of Public Teaching: one kid at a timeThe Greatest Catch: a life in teachingInside Writing: how to teach the details of craft (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves),Write Beside Them: risk, voice, and clarity in high school writing, and Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers.

Cris Tovani has authored the books; "I Read It, but I Don't Get It", "Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?", and the videotape sets; "Thoughtful Reading"  and "Comprehending Content".

Kelly Gallagher is the author of Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School (Stenhouse 2003), Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, Teaching Adolescent Writers, and, most recently, Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts. His most notable book—Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It —has served to change the way reading is being taught in schools around the world.

Kylene Beers  is an award-winning educator and is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the US.

Nancie Atwell's classic In the Middle has inspired generations of teachers, and her new DVDs Writing in the Middle and Reading in the Middle give us a seat in her writing and reading workshops so that we can see firsthand how she helps students become independent, sophisticated readers and writers.