April Raintree is a phenomenal novel written by a Manitoba woman which focuses on many topics such as alcoholism, drugs, aboriginal issues, depression, suicide, foster care, EIA, prostitution, welfare, education, and residential schools in Canada. This unit has been prepared for use in Manitoba schools, but may be altered to suit other schools in other provinces and even the United States. If you would like to edit the document, please purchase and send me an email for the Word version.
This item is a student work booklet meant to be used in conjunction with the novel itself. Following reading the novel, I play a game of Jeopardy with my students (also available for sale in my TPT store) and complete a writing assignment. In past years, I have asked the author to join my class and talk about her novel.
Toward the end of the unit, I show my students the film White Oleander, a film about a young girl in foster care. The questions can be taken out if you choose not to show the film to your students.
Although I have not included an answer key, many of the questions in the student booklet are opinion and experience-based. The Stanford Prison Experiment should be previewed with a parent letter before showing it to students. The Standford Prison Experiment is available on youtube.
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