Supporting First Nations' Literature in the Classroom, this mini-unit focuses on First Nations' customs, sequential/procedural writing and Reading Comprehension Strategies
Easy to use reading response pages have been created for each lesson. The worksheets have been adapted for all levels of abilities; including lined, interlined and modified versions of the response sheets.
Mini-booklets are also provided for students to re-tell, as well as describe steps in their own customs connection.
Student evaluation and teacher evaluation rubrics are also included.
About The Stories:
Jason's New Dugout Canoe:
written by Joe Barber-Starkey and illustrated by Paul Montpellier, describes the process of making a dugout canoe. The story is told from the perspective of a little boy named, Jason, engaging young readers and audiences. Historical referenced and facts about the process and tools used, offers a new perspective on the craft and skill involved in canoe making.
Dipnetting With Dad:
written story by Willie Sellars and illustrated by Kevin Easthope, describes a First Nations' tradition of Dipnetting though the eyes of a little boy.
written story by Sylvia Olsen and illustrated by Joan Larson, describes how the Coast Salish People prepare fleece to be knit into famous Cowichan Sweaters. The story is told from the perspective of a little girl named, Yetsa, engaging young readers and audiences.
To obtain a copies of these books and others like it, I recommend checking out Strong Nations,
an online bookstore supplying indigenous and Native American books. Not only do they have an extensive selection, they provide themed book bundles for all age ranges.
Finally, I most humbly give thanks to my teaching partner and friend, Kaity McWhinney
who has taken the enjoyment of teaching to a whole new level!