Supporting First Nations/ Native American Literature in the Classroom
Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi's canoe
are beautifully written stories by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim La Fave, gently introducing the subject of residential schools, to children of all ages.
The stories are in sequence, Shi-shi-etko initially goes to a residential school followed by her brother, Shin Chi, a year later.
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. Student evaluation and teacher evaluation rubrics are also included.
Reading comprehension strategies
used in these units are: Connection, Visualization, Transformation
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.
This resource was inspired by my fabulous teaching partner, Kaity McWhinney.