Supporting First Nations/ Native American Literature in the Primary Classroom
First Steps in Understanding Residential Schools is a unit created to support many beautifully written and illustrated books that tell the stories of First Nation, Inuit and Metis children attending residential schools. This unit is specifically geared towards primary students.
The books used in this unit are:
Shi-shi-etko written by Nicola I Campbell and Illustrated by Kim LaFlave - Lesson Focus - Connection, Visualization
Shin-chi’s Canoe written by Nicola I Campbell and Illustrated by Kim LaFlave Lesson Focus - Connection
Kookum’s Red Shoes written by Peter Eyvindson and Illustrated by Sheldon Dawson Lesson Focus - Connection, Visualization, Question
When I was Eight written by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margret Pokiak-Fenton and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard Lesson Focus - Retell, Cause and Effect
Not My Girl written by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margret Pokiak-Fenton and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard Lesson Focus - Character Perspective, Visualization, Cause and Effect
I AM NOT A NUMBER written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer and illustrated by Gillian Newland Lesson Focus - Identifying Main Idea, Author's Message
Stolen Words written by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard Lesson Focus - Retell/summarize, Visualization, Cause and Effect
When We Were Alone written by David Alexander Robertson and illustrated Julie Flett Lesson Focus - Cause and Effect, Connection
This short story unit was created to support a single read-aloud book, should a class set be unavailable.
No prep, easy to use reading response pages designed to focused on each reading strategy identified above are provided for multi-learning levels. Early primary to early intermediate will have success using these response pages.
Also included: student assessment rubric for each story and BC Core Competency Student Reflection pages (as seen in Preview picture.) Generic self reflection (without "Core Competency" title) are also included.
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To obtain a copy of this book 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.