English Language Arts - Secondary
These two links are resources developed in Ontario called, Heightening Our Awareness of Canada's Native Peoples.
This is an interesting document to read before exploring Indigenous stories.
The Secret Path - Gord Downie - Lesson plan
The English First Peoples 10, 11 and 12 guides have been revised! So many great lessons and resources for any ELA class. Take a peek!
- A teacher from Penticton has shared her website she's created to demonstrate how she is implementing English First Peoples. http://efitton.weebly.com/ .
Teacher Resource Guide - Birdie **note, there are a number of cautionary notes in this novel. Recommended for Gr. 12.
CBC "Ideas" with Paul Kennedy - Legends of Kwakawaka'waka: LISTEN to several beautiful stories! These are great examples of the power of story tellers. The narrator also explains why some traditional Indigenous stories need to be modified so they make sense to non-indigenous listeners.
Compare the stories retold by Kwakawaka'waka elders (see above) with written transcripts of stories recorded by Franz Boas
There is a list of ERAC approved novels on our catalogue under public lists (revised May 25) . Please refer to social considerations and cautions and the ERAC website before using these resources. ERAC will also list the grade level for each novel. The Aboriginal Resource Centre does not carry class sets of novels.
Teaching Lost Stories - set of lesson plans and historical documents that encourage critical thinking about the history connected to Indigenous Peoples
Two-eyed Seeing - Perspectives on Indigenous Identity (TEDX and Spoken Word)
First Nations Stories, Poetry and Resources - Annotated List for ELA 10-12
This document was created as an inquiry with NOIIE/AESN and the North Surrey Learning Centre Teacher Advocate, Jonathan Remple. It provides an extensive list of authentic stories, poetry and short stories that can be used in ELA classrooms. All resources are available through the Aboriginal Resource Centre.
Suggestions from a Secondary Teacher - Kyle McKillop
Thank you to Kyle McKillop for sharing this resources and ideas to embed Indigenous content into ELA. Not all these resources have been reviewed by Aboriginal learning yet but we are grateful for Kyle for making these suggestions!
For all his suggestions and an expanded list of resources - check out his wordpress document at mistermckillop.wordpress.com/capillaries/
- "Warpath" by Jordan Abel (excerpt from his Griffin Prize-winning bookInjun): http://www.geist.com/poetry/warpath/
- "Remember" by Joy Harjo (American recommended by Lee Maracle): https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/remember-0
- "Anchorage" by Joy Harjo: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/anchorage
- "Neon Moon" by Duncan Mercredi: http://www.geist.com/poetry/neon-moon/
- "When Louis Riel Went Crazy" by Katherena Vermette: http://www.taddlecreekmag.com/when-louis-riel-went-crazy
- Other poets to check out: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sherman Alexie, Lisa Bird-Wilson, Liz Howard, Jonina Kirton, Lee Maracle, Gregory Scofield, Leanne Simpson
- "Monster" by Dennis Saddleman (built around the repeated line "I hate you, residential school, I hate you"): https://soundcloud.com/cbc-radio-one/i-hate-you-residential-school
- "Prayer Loop Song" by Supaman (American hiphop artist)
- "Indigenous Poetry Without Borders" by Jordan Abel (on Indigenous poets tackling issues): http://www.geist.com/fact/reviews/indigenous-poetry-borders/
- "Clowns, Cakes, Canoes: This is Canada?" by Lisa Bird-Wilson: http://www.geist.com/fact/columns/clowns-cakes-canoes/
- "Occupy Indian Affairs" by Arthur Manuel: http://www.geist.com/fact/occupy-indian-affairs/
- "Examinations" by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (excerpt from the first-written Inuit novel): http://www.geist.com/fiction/examinations/