Friday, August 5, 2016

Fatty Legs - Pick and Choose Literature Study
Fatty Legs shares about a time in Canadian history when there were Residential Schools for Aboriginal students. These schools took Aboriginal students far away from their families, their language and their culture. Fatty Legs is a true story about a young Aboriginal girl who attends a residential school. It is an opportunity to learn about her experience first hand. I hope that it will be both challenging and enlightening to you! This is a ‘pick and choose’ literature study, has many cross-curricular opportunities, so I suggest that you choose the activities that interest you the most.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

First People's Stereotyping Co-op

We had an amazing Co-op on First People's Stereotyping. My goal was to challenge our students to be aware of the stereotyping of Indigenous people in Canada and North America. Our students are so much more aware of this than I remember being as a youth. It is amazing how one generation can make such a difference in thoughts and actions. This is a touchy area, as I am not Aboriginal and can't really put myself in an aboriginal person's shoes fully. I have tried my best to make this Co-op challenging to our students and any assumptions - hopefully I have honoured First People's in Canada!
Start with sayings - go into groups and look at the sayings - what do they mean and why are they offensive?  
Here is the form we used
Here was some background information I was able to tell the students after:

Perspectives by KC Adams -  this was an amazing display! - I asked the students (having only seen the first picture - and not the wording) to create a profile for their picture. Who is this person? Where do they live? What is their situation? Create a back story for your photo…
Share backstories with the group and then compare them to the real story

Your media image - why do you think it is offensive? What is it stereotyping about First People’s? Discuss as a group and present. This was a wonderful exercise. The students were truly offended by these images. 
Here are some of the images:

We then had great discussions as a large group about these 4 videos. 

Watch video #1 Wab Kine - Rant.  - What point stood out for you?

Watch video about How Hollywood has portrayed First Peoples - What did your think?

Peter Pan - why is this video offensive?

Pocahontas - why is this video offensive?

I think by the end of this day our students had been challenged to look at their language, assumptions, the things they found humor in and those things they found offensive - or not! It was a great day!

Blessings, Natalie - Advertising and Bias Unit

Elizabeth enjoyed this unit from on advertising and bias. It was all about Westjet and their emotional Blue Santa advertising campaign. The lesson plans with worksheets were very well done! They also included suggestions of many other advertising campaign videos and then a graphic organizer with information to help draw conclusions about emotional advertising.
I recommend this unit for any student completing a unit on advertising and bias. is a great resource for Canadian High School students. We are blessed in our Learning Commons as part of our subscriptions! I am just beginning to scratch the surface of all the great video resources it has to offer. Have you used any of them that worked for your student? 
Blessings, Natalie

A Developing World Map and Lessons

A Developing World is an amazing map by Canadian Geographic that allows students to compare Canada to other countries on many different levels. 

I had Elizabeth use this map to learn more about world development, poverty, education, GDP, child mortality etc. It is an excellent opportunity to explore these topics with your student.

I made up this sheet for Elizabeth to be able to search countries, compare them with Canada and record her conclusions.

There are some great lesson plans as well on this page.

There is also The Miniature Earth in infographic form above as well as a You-tube video below.

When Elizabeth was in Grade 6 we explored many countries and their challenging issues through resources like Peter Menzel’s books Hungry Planet and Material World. These are impactful books we pull out regularly to remind ourselves just how blessed we are!

I hope you will explore these resources with your students! Blessings, Natalie