ERIC Number: ED382427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Stages of Learning: Building a Native Curriculum. Teachers' Guide, Student Activities--Part I, Research Unit--Part II.
This language arts curriculum developed for Native American students in Manitoba (Canada) consists of a teachers' guide, a student guide, and a research unit. The curriculum includes reading selections and learning activities appropriate for the different reading levels of both upper elementary and secondary students. The purpose of the unit is for students to develop skills in brainstorming, biography writing, letter writing, note taking, researching, interviewing, spelling, and vocabulary. Reading selections focus on Elijah Harper, an Ojibway Cree Indian who helped defeat the Meech Lake Accord, an amendment to Canada's Constitution proposed in 1987. The Meech Lake Accord would have transferred power from the federal government to provincial governments and would have failed to take into account the interests of Natives, women, and minorities. The curriculum also includes reading selections on the creation of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry and on Crazy Horse. The guide includes directions for pre-reading activities, ideas for discussions, post-reading activities, and answers to student learning activities. Students work together using notes from class discussions to write a biography of Elijah Harper. Students are then required to write a biography on a Native person of their choice who has been recognized for making a contribution to Native culture. The guide also includes additional resources; information on interviewing, letter writing, brainstorming, biographies, and spelling; background information on the Meech Lake Accord and the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry; and additional ideas for classroom activities. The student activities guide includes comprehension questions for discussion or written response; vocabulary, grammar, and spelling exercises drawing on the content of the reading selections; and supplementary word search activities. The research unit, written for upper elementary and secondary students covers the following topics: how to research, choosing a topic, organizing research, making notes, finding reference materials, using guide words, using the card catalogue, using the encyclopedia, using periodicals, making a research diary, using a bibliography, organizing by subtopics, organizing by outlining, using tables and graphs, and reference review. Each topic includes student learning activities. (LP)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Biographies, Canada Natives, Canadian Studies, Civics, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Interviews, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Library Skills, Politics, Public Officials, Reading Materials, Research Papers (Students), Research Skills, Research Tools, Sculpture, Student Research, Teaching Guides, Vocabulary Development, Writing Assignments
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Literacy Office.
Identifiers - Location: Canada