Literacy & Culture — Lesson Plans

The Rabbits by Shaun Tan & John Marsden  (Theme: Residential Schools and/or Environment)  A rich and haunting allegory of colonization for all ages and cultures, told from the viewpoint of native animals. This stunning picture book examines the consequences of the arrival of a group of rabbits with entirely unfamiliar ways. They bring new food and animals, and they make their own houses to live in, eventually dominating the environment and its other inhabitants. The parallels with our own experience are many: “They chopped down our trees and scared away our friends and stole our children…”


Intermediate Lesson Slideshow

Intermediate Lesson Plan

Intermediate Graphic Organizers & Handouts

Intermediate Student Work Samples

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High School Lesson Plan, Graphic Organizers & Work Samples

Relatives with Roots by Leah Marie Dorion (Theme: Medicinal Plants, Relationships, Identity and/or Environment)  Relatives With Roots: A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land is a heartfelt story about a Métis grandmother who takes her granddaughter out into the bush to teach her how to pick traditional medicines. As the granddaughter learns the traditional beliefs and stories about how the Métis people use the plants for food and medicine, she feels happy to be a Métis child with access to such wonderful cultural knowledge. This charming and vibrant book introduces young readers to key concepts in the traditional Métis worldview while focusing on the special relationship between a young Métis girl and her grandmother. Relatives With Roots is the second in a series of children’s books relating to traditional Métis values by Leah Marie Dorion. The first book, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story, was nominated in 2010 for a Willow Award in the Shining Willow category.


Intermediate Lesson Slideshow

Intermediate Lesson Plan

Lesson Graphic Organizer and Student Handout

Memory Cards

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