Here’s what teachers are saying about my free online resources:
As an education student, I have researched many Canadian authors and the value of involving their novels in the classroom. Lori has created excellent online teacher resources for both of her young adult novels The Ghost of the Northumberland Strait and Where There’s A Will. These resources incorporate aspects of differentiation and comprehension in English Language Arts. I would absolutely use these books and resources in my future classroom!
~Ms. Selene Friedel 4th Year Pre Service Teacher, University of Alberta
My Literacy class discovered Lori Knutson's novel, The Ghost of the Northumberland Strait this year!! We were completely and absolutely engaged in Ms. Knutson's book. The students would predict happenings and demonstrate intrigue and curiosity throughout the entire story. We were so engaged and we loved the book so much, we felt we needed to let Ms. Knutson know. We wrote letters to Ms. Knutson and to our delight, she eloquently connected with each student through her responses in return. I highly recommend this novel and the support material Ms. Knutson has made available on her website.
~Ms. Jane Wilson Resource/Special Education Coordinator Montague Intermediate School, PEI
I used The Ghost of Northumberland Strait as a read-aloud at the beginning of the year. I found several advantages to this book. First, not only was it a local author, but a teacher in our own division! This engaged my Grade 5 students right off the bat. Also, being set in the Maritimes, it made for a wonderful cross-curricular reference for the Social Studies 5 program. Using Lori’s book as an exemplar for trait-based writing helped my students make connections to their reading and writing.
My favorite aspects of the online materials were twofold. First, they were based upon sound and current assessment for learning practices in our division. Secondly, they took into account differentiation in the classroom by hitting both higher and lower level thinking.
The Ghost of Northumberland Strait will become my “go to” book for quite some time.
~Brian Harvey Grade 5 Teacher/ Curriculum Coach Vermilion Elementary School, Alberta
A More Simplicities Review
I admired Lori Knutson’s writing long before I ever met her. Imagine my surprise when, a few years ago, I found her in my new congregation at a small rural church in east central Alberta! Her delightful ruminations are indeed sacred, and simple in the very best meaning of the word. Lori gently nudges the reader to find the sacred in small, everyday events that sometimes delight and often challenge. I would recommend this book for daily reading, or for those times when you are asked to “give a short devotion”. Or, like me, you could devour it all in one sitting, and then keep it nearby for future use.
~Valerie Ellis, Designated Lay Minister, United Church of Canada
Here’s what one librarian has to say:
Lori creates perfect characters for her young readers. Her stories have just the right amount of suspense and mystery mixed with age-appropriate humour. Where There's a Will is a delightful sequel to the equally delightful The Ghost of Northumberland Strait. I would highly recommend these books for any library.
~Patricia Mackie, Library Manager within Parkland Regional Library System
For readers of all ages.
I am a seventy-year-old grandma and I just finished reading Where There's a Will by Lori Knutson. It is a sequel to The Ghost of Northumberland Strait written from the perspective of a 13-year-old girl, but it is an entertaining book for readers of all ages. I really enjoyed it.
~Mrs. Mary Carson