Literacy Resources

EPSB Reviews:  The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Collection is maintained by the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team, Edmonton Public Schools. This annotated bibliography represents the diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures across Canada and some areas of the United States. Titles are reviewed through an education lens as wells as by a member of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community.  









Empowering the Spirit:  First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education

This website will provide opportunities to expand your understanding of literacy and numeracy practices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and gain tools and strategies to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all students' success in your community.

Direct links to videos and learning guides; designed for use by professional learning communities, learning coaches and teacher leaders or as a self-paced study are describe and available at the following links:  

  • Call to Action/Motivational  video:  This short video begins the journey as we explore the role of literacy and numeracy in developing self-knowledge and personal success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. 
  • Importance of Storytelling:  Learn how storytelling, a traditional way of sharing the culture and values of a community, remains a valuable teaching tool for today.
  • Storytelling: Understanding Who We Are:  This video explores the central role that stories hold in First Nations, Métis and Inuit world views, and how stories reflect our universal experience.
  • Storytelling: Its Many Forms:  This video features First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, educators and scholars sharing their perspectives of how the tradition of storytelling permeates their cultures and world views.

Pre-Kindergarten Recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature

Recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Pre-Kindergarten Literature:  This list provides a summary of recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit literature for pre-kindergarten children.  

 






Division 1 & 2 Recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature

"Grades 1 - 6 consists of ten titles per grade:  (three traditional stories, four modern stories, and three informational texts).  The titles cover a range of levels appropriate for the grade.  The grades 4 - 6 books are a bit larger and each grade offers a novelette for    more sustained reading."  **French editions for Grades 1 - 6 now                                                                                    available.

  Series of graphic novels, picture books and so much more!  "Rabbit and Bear Paws is     for the young and young at heart.  This series is set in 1750's colonized North America                                                                                                        and features the comical adventures for the young and the young                                                                                     at heart."

 "A series of highly engaging graphic novels based on the Emmy-  nominated TV series  Raven Tales, which follows the adventures  of the powerful transformer and trickster  from Aboriginal folklore --  Raven -- and his cast of friends."
 **Trickster Tales for Grades 1 - 6 now available - 64 Traditional  stories from First  Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples of Canada.




 "Written by acclaimed Canadian children's authors, Well Aware is a  series of short      books for Grades 4 - 8 that provides an  awareness of mental health issues and fosters  discussion on a  wide variety of topics related to emotional well-being."  **Each  grade level contains a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit selection.

"Eaglecrest Books are a set of leveled books that represent First Nations children.  Stories reflect experiences of First Nations children involved in cultural activities and in everyday life at home                                                                                                                   and school."


First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Division 1 & 2 Literature Resources -  Collection of recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Titles in a Series










Literacy Seed Kit:  In collaboration with Alberta Education and Northland School Division, this 76 book collection was created as a travelling classroom library. The collection as a whole contains fiction and non fiction, a variety of genres, textual features and mainly books which portray Indigenous people in a modern context rather than only an historical one.   Curricular outcomes are indicated for each literature selection from Grades 1 - 9.  The Literacy Seed Kit has been divided by Division 1 & 2:

7 Habits related to Literacy Seed Kit Books:  Thank you to Scott Robertson School for reviewing the literature in the Literacy Seed Kit and relating it to the 7 Habits!

The following books are out of print, but can be purchased on sites such as Amazon:  Life Cycle of a Salmon, Smiler's Bones, Blackfoot Children and Elders, Art of the Old Way: The Story of Pitseolak Ashoona, Rebel Leader, Flip Series.  


 Many of these titles are written by First Nations, Métis, or Inuit authors who illustrate multiple  ways of knowing and reflect accurate cultural representation. These titles offer First Nations,  Métis, & Inuit students an opportunity to see themselves and their community reflected in  literature.







https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4LJXSpvxnmbbU9MSERyc1RQcTg/view?usp=sharing
fatty legs and a stranger at home
Christi Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's fatty legs and a stranger at home explore Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's experiences before, during and after attending Residential School.  The following are recommended to accompany fatty legs and a stranger at home.
  
Division 2 Novel Study:  includes pre-reading and post-reading activities for students and teachers so they can engage in and with the text in multiple ways

ERLC fatty legs Webinar Series: (suitable for grades 5 - 8):   This archived two part webinar series shares the origin of the book and how it can be used to support student learning about the topic of residential schools.  Meet the author and her mother-in-law (about whom the book is about) in the first webinar.  In the second webinar, a teacher shares how she has used the book with her grade seven students.

Annick Press' website: Included on the website are valuable resources to accompany ‘fatty legs’, such as a book trailer, lesson plans, book talk, podcast from the authors and much more!

Please contact First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education to borrow class sets of fatty legs and a stranger at home


Division 3 & 4 Recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature

"The titles for grades 7 & 8 are presented in an engaging magazine format.  Each magazine is built around a theme and features a variety of levels, text forms, and cultural areas.  There are four 48-page magazines at each grade."


Secret Path:  Social Studies Lesson Plans
Secret Path is a graphic novel based on the concept album of the same name by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. This is the story of 12 year old Chanie Wenjack, who died after escaping his Residential School and attempting to walk home in 1966.  Click here to access a series of lesson plans and additional resources to accompany this valuable graphic novel.  

Class sets of Secret Path are available to borrow from the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education unit.




Novel Study - Social Justice & Identity Comprehension Language Arts Unit: This novel study was designed to address social justice and identity through the use of literature. The unit begins with a read aloud then introduces students to Book Clubs utilizing the “Children for Children” resource and then extends to independent reads (see page 24) provided at various reading levels. Strategies, resources and processes are included to support you and your students through the unit.  

Class sets of Smiler's Bones available to borrow from the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education unit.






 Many of these titles are written by First Nations, Métis, or Inuit authors who illustrate multiple  ways of knowing and reflect accurate cultural representation. These titles offer First Nations,  Métis, & Inuit students an opportunity to see themselves and their community reflected in  literature.







Literacy Seed Kit:  In collaboration with Alberta Education and Northland School Division, this 76 book collection was created as a travelling classroom library. The collection as a whole contains fiction and non fiction, a variety of genres, textual features and mainly books which portray Indigenous people in a modern context rather than only an historical one.   Curricular outcomes are indicated for each literature selection from Grades 1 - 9.  The Literacy Seed Kit has been divided by Division 3 &4:

**The following books are out of print, but can be purchased on sites such as Amazon:  Life Cycle of a Salmon, Smiler's Boners, Blackfoot Children and Elders, Art of the Old Way: The Story of Pitseolak Ashoona, Rebel Leader, Flip Series. 

The Elders Are Watching - Language Arts Resource:  Contains support material (ideas for discussion, activities and assessment) to accompany The Elders Are Watching by David Bouchard.  





One Story, One Song - Language Arts/Social Studies Resource: Contains support material (ideas for discussion, activities and assessment) to accompany One Story, One Song by Richard Wagamese using this resource

 





The purpose of this assessment package is to provide educators with a quick sample of a student’s reading ability in order to make decisions about placement in high school courses.

Click here to access the instructions.
Click here to access all of the documents.

The literature for the Division 3 & 4 Assessment Package was selected from recommended First Nations, Métis, and Inuit literature, including Strength & Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada


Dreaming in Indian English Language Arts 10, 20, 30 Educators' Resource explores the anthology Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native Voices with respect to the Program of Studies for English Language Arts 10, 20, 30.  Novels, poetry, drama, fiction, and essays by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors is included for deeper understanding.  






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