Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon
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Creative engagement with literature and art offers students pathways to transformation.
 
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“Northern Lights Haiku and Art” is one of those versatile activities that is enjoyable for students from Grades One to Eight, and includes grade appropriate options. I’ve used this activity in numerous classrooms, to great success. Kids love
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Valentine’s Day Lessons on Self-Love Created by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon B.F.A. Hons, M.A. Eng. Happy
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Halloween Poetry Exercise - Short Answer, Activities, Answer Key The Halloween Poetry Exercise is designed around my original poem, “Disillusionment,” written when I was seventeen years old on the topic of feeling disillusioned over the loss of
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Tiktala Teacher’s Guide Winter Picture Book Activity - Picture Book Written by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon, B.F.A. Hons, M.A. Eng. - Illustrated by László Gál - Teacher’s Guide by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon Welcome to this unit on my illustrated all-ages
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Bullying Prevention: The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach Novel Study and Anti-Bullying Guide Teachers are in the front lines when it comes to the negative societal problem of bullying. In the wake of teenager Amanda Todd’s recent heartbreaking suicide
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The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon Short-Listed for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award (2009) I am delighted to make available my anti-bullying novel, The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach! The novel was short-listed for the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

With an M.A. in English, I have taught English and Children's Literature at the University level. For over twenty-two years, I have had the privilege of teaching students from K to 12 in the public school system through the Manitoba Arts Council's Artists in the Schools Program. I have gone into numerous Winnipeg area schools, as well as rural and Northern schools as far North as Brochet, MB. I am a specialist in teaching Literature, Story Writing, and Illustrating.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is transformative in that I lead students through creative activities and studies in Literature and Art in order to encourage the development of the whole child. I incorporate activities that address the various intelligences. My belief is that children learn best when they are effectively challenged and are having fun.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 2009, my anti-bullying novel, The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach was shortlisted for The Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. In 2008, I was inducted into the Shaftesbury High School Hall of Fame for Achievement in the Arts (like Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding!). I've had two Manitoba Arts Council Writers “A” grants and two "B" Grants. My children's book, Tiktala, illustrated by Laszlo Gal, was awarded the McNally Robinson Children's Book of the Year Award in 1997. In the U.S.A., Tiktala had the Parent's Choice Honor and was selected for the Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 1997 list by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have completed the coursework required for a Ph.D. in English at the University of Manitoba. In 1991, I successfully defended the first of my candidacy exams - an exam on literature of the 20th century. M.A. in English, University of Manitoba, 1986, thesis on Canadian Children’s Fantasy Literature. B.F.A. Honours, University of Manitoba, 1982, Double Major in Graphic Design and English.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a writer of numerous works for all ages. My most recent publication is The Beech Nut of Big Water Beach, an anti-bullying novel most suitable for students from Sixth to Ninth Grade. My illustrated fairy tale, Tiktala, was published in Toronto and New York, and has been taught in classrooms since 1996. I am married to Brian MacKinnon, teacher and anti-poverty activist, and we are parents of three young adults.

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