Dawn Ius

Author - Screenwriter - Editor




Published by the Alberta Canola Producers' Commission, the Chase "Superman" Duffy comics chronicle the adventures of a young track and field athlete as he navigates his way around his grandfather's Alberta farm to learn about rapeseed, canola, the transition from one seed to another, and the innovators behind the country's only true Canadian-made crop.

Written and illustrated for 8 to 11-year-olds, the stories are part historical fact, part fantasy, relying on a child's belief in "perhaps."

Note: Teachers, please contact the Alberta Canola Producers Commission for information about how these books link to curriculum, and how you can order them for your school. 

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This StoryScapes mini-unit is based on an adaptation of the Storyline strategy, a method that encourages students to build and explore understandings and deepen their appreciation of topics or concepts. It is based on the basic elements of story, a structure familiar and comfortable to children. Storyline strategy integrates literacy skills and helps children apply their learning in authentic and self-directed contexts.

For Grade 5, the Storyscapes study guide is an excellent complement to the Chase Duffy adventure books. 

To order it—or additional educational resources—contact the Alberta Canola Producers Commission at 1-800-551-6652 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Getting Graphic — Why Comics are Good for Kids

No more the sullen kids in the back of the literary classroom, modern-day comics are a well-respected innovative genre. Multiple studies indicate that comic book and graphic novel fans are just as proficient as text-only readers and have vocabularies that are more comprehensive. In this presentation, we look at how comics do more than make kids laugh.

Molding Creativity — A Hands-On Approach to Storytelling

In this interactive workshop, we explore how students can use modeling clay to illustrate essential story elements like character development, setting, and even plot. Come prepared to get your hands dirty!

Brainstorm This! — Feeding The Idea Factory

Where do ideas come from? What should students write about? In this interactive session, we brainstorm strategies to take writing assignments from blank page to polished prose. Bring your pencils and your thinking caps!

For pricing on these workshops, or to customize something for your classroom / teacher conference, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..