Supporting Inuit Literature, Legends and Folktales in the Classroom
Inuit Traditional Stories
are centuries old Inuit tales, orally passed down from generation to generation. Many of these stories are thrilling, creepy, created to warn, scare and entertain. These stories are perfect for students in middle elementary and higher, as they are edgier than regular tales, authentically Inuit and gives insight to the Inuit people.
This unit is based on the following books:
The Legend of the Fog,
written by Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Danny Christopher
Kiviuq and the Mermaids,
Written by Noel McDermott and illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas
Written by Elisha Kilabuk and illustrated by Joy Ang
The Shadows that Rush Past,
Written by Rachel Qitsualik
This unit supports reading strategies such as visualization, connection, summarizing, and sequencing
and includes a mini-book project to record details and drawings about the creatures described in the tales.
These lessons can be used as a stand alone Language Arts unit with an Inuit/First Nations focus or can compliment any Inuit unit you may already be using.
Easy to use reading response pages have been created for each lesson; as well as student evaluation and teacher assessment rubrics for each page.
To obtain 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.
Looking for other Tales and Legends?
Other First Nations / Inuit Legend units available are:
The Raven and the Loon and The Walrus Who Escaped BUNDLE
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
Storm Boy and Frog Girl
The Rough face Girl
The Boy Who Lived With Seals