Angela Leuck

>Angela Leuck

Angela Leuck

Literary
Specialities: Haiku

Contact Info

Email address
Resides in
Eastern Townships

Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • CEGEP

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Writers in the Communities Program

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes

School board areas you are available to work in

  • Central Quebec - Quebec City & Environs
  • Central Quebec - Rural/Regional Schools
  • Cree School Board
  • Eastern Shores - Gaspe/Coast
  • Eastern Shores - Lower St. Lawrence
  • Eastern Shores - Magdalen Islands
  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Kativik School Board
  • Lester B Pearson - outside Montreal transportation areas (STM)
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area
  • Littoral - Lower North Shore
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay Valley
  • Riverside
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Lanaudiere
  • Sir WilfridWilfrid Laurier – Laurentian
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laval
  • Western Quebec - Northern area
  • Western Quebec - Southern area (Hull, Wakefield etc)

Travel

  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
I am a writer specializing in Haiku. In my extensive teaching experience I have found that students of all ages enjoy this easy-to-learn, unique and fun writing form. Haiku is the world's shortest poem and even students who have difficulty in English learn to relax, express themselves freely and gain confidence. Through haiku, students become more aware of Nature and develop a greater appreciation of its importance in our lives.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

I have given haiku workshops from pre-K to university students and currently teach in the QWF Writers in the Community programme for at risk youth. I was also a facilitator in the Blue Metropolis Foundation's Quebec Roots progamme and worked with numerous schools. In spring 2018, I was artist-in-residence for Quebec's Lower North Shore and spent 5 weeks at Netagamiou and Harrington Harbour schools. I am the author of 8 books.

Japanese short poetry forms--of which haiku is the best known--are easily accessible and students love to write them. I follow the Japanese tradition of "anonymous workshops" in which students edit work without knowing the author's name. This puts the focus on the writing not the writer. Students learn editing techniques that can be applied to longer writing. They learn nature vocabulary since haiku is the poetry of the seasons. I also introduce aspects of Japanese culture. Haiku can be combined with art, video, music and dance depending on students' interests.
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