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Canadians Inducted Into Walk Of Fame

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roberta bondar walk of fame 2011Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar is one of the latest Canadians who will join Canada’s Walk of Fame.

The Walk of Fame is, literally, a set of sidewalk tiles with the names of famous Canadians set into them. It’s along King Street and Simcoe Street in downtown Toronto.

But much more importantly, the Walk of Fame is a symbol for excellence. Each sidewalk tile represents someone Canadians value highly for their artistry, intelligence, innovation or service to our country.

They are people who have somehow influenced Canada in the areas of: music, film, television, sports, science, innovation, literature, theatre or the visual arts.

This year, the people who will be included in the Walk of Fame are:

* Roberta Bondar, a famous Canadian astronaut;

* Burton Cummings, a musician;

* Stand-up comedian Russell Peters;

* Tennis star Daniel Nestor;

* Actor Ryan Reynolds;

* Actress Sandra Oh; and

* Author Mordecai Richler

All Canadians can submit names to be nominated for the Walk of Fame. Those names are then whittled down to a number of finalists, and the winners are chosen by a selection committee.

Each winner will have his or her name, and a “star,” embedded in a sidewalk tile. They will also be honoured at a celebration gala on Oct. 1.

Related Link
This media release from Canada’s Walk of Fame gives a terrific synopsis of the career highlights of each of this year’s inductees.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
Writing/Discussion Prompt
Think of a Canadian who you think deserves a star on the Walk of Fame. Draw a picture of the star and include two reasons why you think they think they should get a star.

Reading Prompt

Today’s article includes “bullet points.” Bullet points are markings on a page (usually dots) that tell a reader they are about to read a short piece of important information. In today’s article, they are used to tell the names of the inductees. In what other kind of writing might you see bullet points?

Primary & Junior

identify a variety of text features and explain how they help readers understand texts(OME, Reading: 2.3).
Intermediate

Identify a variety of text features and explain how they help communicate
meaning (OME, Reading: 2.3).
Grammar Feature: Colon

A colon is a punctuation mark that can be used in a few different ways. One way a colon can be used is to make clear the parts of a whole set. For example, in today’s article, a colon is used to tell the different interests of Canadians who have received a star.
“They are people who have somehow influenced Canada in the areas of: music, film, television, sports, science, innovation, literature, theatre or the visual arts.”
Now that you know all about colons, finish the following sentences.
1. She has four brothers: ________________________________________
2. He studies three languages: ___________________________________.
3. Their favourite flavours of ice cream are: _________________________
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