Books

#Not Your Princess

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American WomenEdited by Lisa Charleyboy and Marybeth Leatherdale Published in 2017 by Annick PressIn her Foreword to #NotYour ...

A Day with Yayah

Written by Nicola I. Campbell and Illustrated by Julie FlettPublished November 2017 by Tradewind Books (Links to an external site.) In A Day with Yayah, Nicola ...

Birdsong

BirdsongWritten by Julie Flett Published in 2019 by Greystone Books (Links to an external site.)  In the spring, Katherena and her mother leave their home in a ...

Breakdown

Breakdown (Reckoner Rises Series, Vol. 1) (9-12)Story by David A. RobertsonArt by Scott B. HendersonColours by Donovan YaciukLetters by Andrew ThomasPublished i ...

Fatty Legs

Written by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton with artwork by Liz Amini-HolmesPublished in 2010 by Annick Press (Links to an external site.) Fatty ...

Fire Starters

Story by Jen Storm, Illustrations by Scott B. Henderson, and Colours by Donovan Yaciuk Published in 2016 by High Water Press (Links to an external sit ...

Ghosts

Written by David RobertsonPublished in 2019 by Highwater Press (Links to an external site.) Ghosts, the third and final installment in The Reckoner Trilogy of n ...

Give Me Some Truth

Give Me Some TruthWritten by Eric GansworthPublished in 2018 by Scholastic (Links to an external site.) Set in 1980, Give Me Some Truth follows Eric Gansworth’s ...

Perspectives for Teaching

Book Clubs

Two defining principles of book clubs are choice and ownership. Book clubs are “a space where a specific group of individuals meet physically and/or virtually f ...

Creation Stories

Creation Stories- Oposenta (Walter Paul) from  Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation).  A storyteller shares a creation story to help explain to ...

Graphic Novels and Comics

Graphic novels are a subgenre of comics. They combine elements of prose, picture books, and film by telling a story through text, dialogue, and illustrations th ...

Independent Reading

“Students need to spend a concentrated amount of time actually reading, at school and at home. They need to read books that they can read, and they need time de ...

Picture Books in Grades 6-12

 Picture books are no longer considered exclusively for use with young, early readers. They are growing in popularity as a strategy for engaging a wider, and ol ...

Storytelling

Storytelling- Oposenta (Walter Paul), from Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation)Whenever storytelling happens, the storyteller feels a personal connection an ...

Activities for the Classroom

Chalk Talk

Use the Chalk Talk (Links to an external site.) strategy to engage small groups of students in silent conversations. Students can be invited to respond to quest ...

Chat Stations

Create discussion stations, or chat stations, for students to rotate through and discuss various topics related to the text. Students can be asked to respond to ...

Creating a Graffiti Wall

Create a designated space in the classroom (white board, chalk board, bulletin board, blank wall, etc.) for students to record quotations from the book that res ...

Elder Presentation

Each class can read and discuss the text separately and then collaborate virtually to generate questions they would like to ask the Elder.One participating teac ...

Examining Illustrations

Invite students in a large group discussion or partner talk to take a closer look at the illustrations in the picture book. This can be done in a variety of way ...

Exploring Author’s Craft

Invite students to work in groups to review the text and answer the question, “What do you notice about the author’s craft?” Come together as a large group to c ...