Made the Grade

Made the Grade - 2nd Edition June 2016

Lots of great new resources to enjoy for the summer!

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Prince Among Dragons, A

Prince Among Dragons, A

Grades: undefined
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Written by a BC author, this fast paced fantasy novel with its simple plot and interesting characterization would be useful as an exemplar to use during writer’s workshops or when developing narrative… , fantasy , dragons , medieval England , prophecies , castles

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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

Grades: 10-12
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This Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths intersect in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The challenge… , World War II , France , blind , ability/disability , childhood , mystery , war , Germany , communication , resistance , radio , resilience , Nazi , Hitler’s Youth , work camps , Nazi Occupation

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Blue Gold

Blue Gold

Grades: 8-12
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Coltan, also known as Blue Gold, is a rare mineral used in making cellphones. It is what unexpectedly links the lives of three teen aged girls living in Africa, Asia and North America. Although the no… , contemporary , cell phone , child labour , Africa , Asia , Canada , war , selfie , technology

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Canoe Kids

Canoe Kids

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Goodminds.com

This is the hard copy of the first volume of a magazine published three times a year. It is devoted to exploring indigenous cultures around the world with a focus on Canada. It contains a selection of… , Indigenous cultures , indigenous voices , birch bark canoes , The Pau Wau (Pow Wow) , The Drum Story , Indigenous food recipes , Turtle Island , Cheemaun (canoe) , cultural diversity , Manitoulin Island , Jingle Dress Dancer , The Story Teller , Tribal Nations , Traditional knowledge , stories and teachings , authentic experiences , Aboriginal Peoples , Canadian Canoe Museum , regalia , Ojibwe , Elders , nature , Great Spirit Island , Indigenous art , paddle

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Children of the Broken Treaty

Children of the Broken Treaty

Grades: 9-12
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An extensively researched account of the struggles of the Attawapiskat reserve community, this resource challenges readers to think critically about the impact of residential schools and government po… , Residential Schools in Canada , Youth Protest Movement , Attawapiskat Indian Reserve , First Nations Education , Aboriginal

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Cloudwalker

Cloudwalker

Grades: 3-12
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This is a beautifully illustrated account of the Pacific Coast legend about the main salmon bearing rivers. It depicts themes and issues that are important within First Peoples cultures such as tradit… , Skeena River , British Columbia , water cycle , salmon life cycle , legend , stewardship , Tahltan Nation , Skeena Watershed Conservation , preservation , Gitxsan

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Life Cycle of a Lie

Life Cycle of a Lie

Grades: 8-10
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Although not an authentic Aboriginal text, this easy to read novel would allow for some critical thinking and discussion around such topics as racism and Aboriginal perspectives, as well as homophobia… , young adult , fiction , racism , sexual orientation , environmentalism , prejudice , domestic violence , friendship , relationships , coming of age , First Nations , Aboriginal , bigotry

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Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection

Grades: 10-12
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An authentic aboriginal, diverse collection of fourteen comics, this resource introduces students to contemporary First Nations identity, culture and spirituality, Indigenous storytelling, story board… , First Nations , Indigenous , Aboriginal , Inuit , Metis , story telling , comic book , identity , graphic novel , Graphic Art , storyboard

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Muffins for Granny

Muffins for Granny

Grades: 10-12
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This video tells the difficult stories of seven elders who have survived their Residential school experience. Intertwined with their testimony are images of nature, archival photos, and graphic art…. , First Nations , aboriginal , residential schools , Truth and Reconciliation , Intergenerational effects , Artist Roy Thomas , St Joseph’s School , Ojibway First Nation , Aboriginal Healing Foundation

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Orca Chief

Orca Chief

Grades: 2-12
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This is beautifully illustrated picture book clearly depicts Aboriginal values and perspectives on conservation, stewardship and the importance of giving thanks for the resources of the Earth. The aut… , orca , ocean , fishing , over-fishing , stewardship , conservation , animal habitats , Kitkatla , Hazelton , Prince Rupert , British Columbia , salmon , food , respect , give thanks.

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools

Grades: 5-12
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This is one title in the “Righting Canada’s Wrongs” series. It uses historical photographs, documents, and first-person narratives from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people who survived residential … , Residential schools , truth and reconciliation , redress , Aboriginal

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Taan's Moons: A Haida Story

Taan’s Moons: A Haida Story

Grades: PreK-12
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Created by Kindergarten and Grade 1 students on Haida Gwaii, in collaboration with artist Kiki van der Heiden, this beautiful book tells the story of the Haida Moon Cycle through the eyes of a bear. T… , Haida , Haida Gwaii , Moon Cycles , Seasons , Seasonal Rounds , Poetry , Aboriginal , Indigenous

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Game, The

Game, The

Grades: 8-12
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This is an engaging plot driven novel most likely to appeal to students who enjoy video games and conspiracy theories…. , computer technology , digital universe , alternate education , artificial intelligence , game , virtual reality , simulation , relationships , science fiction

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Prince S., The

Prince S., The

Grades: PreK-3
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Written in the format of a fairy tale, this whimsical picture book is appropriate for engaging early grade readers in conversations about gender, the many possibilities for expressing oneself and the … , acceptance , bias , gender , expression , role , variance , gender expansive , gender play , identity , inclusion , feminine , friendship , diversity , stereotype , masculine , queer , LGBTQ

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Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City

Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City

Grades: 10-12
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This engaging, current and relevant anthology of articles, essays, poetry, and visual art and design explores such significant issues as racism, identity, and the continued importance of Indigenous wo… , First Nations , Aboriginal , First Peoples , art , poetry , interviews , writing , anthology , Canadian , urban

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Made the Grade - June 2016

Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into the School Curriculum: Purposes, Possibilities, and Challenges

Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into the School Curriculum: Purposes, Possibilities, and Challenges

Grades: N/A
Author: Kanu, Y.

Intended primarily for teachers in training, this resource provides a comprehensive look at the arguments, research, and pedagogic practice suggestions for the integration of aboriginal perspectives

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Paint

Paint

Grades: N/A
Author: Dance, J.

This story follows the life of Paint, a black and white mustang, living in the 1800’s on the plains of North America. As Paint changes ownership so do the viewpoints of the novel’s other characters.

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Outside Circle, The: A Graphic Novel

Outside Circle, The: A Graphic Novel

Grades: N/A
Author/Publisher: LaBoucane-Benson, P.
This award winning graphic novel is a powerful, gritty, well researched account of the healing journey and rehabilitation undertaken by Pete, a young Aboriginal man, who joins the “In Search of Your…
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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

Grades: 8-12
Author/Publisher: Yousafzai, M.
This is the inspirational autobiography of Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban because she was a vocal advocate for a girl’s basic right to education. Told in her own voice this account offe…
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Made the Grade - May 2016

Lots of great new resources to enjoy for the month of May 2016!

If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request!

The ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers!

 

Title Vendor Grades/Subject Areas/Annotation
 

Bridging Cultures: Indigenous and Scientific Ways of Knowing Nature

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Pearson Education

 

English Language Arts K-12, Social Studies K-12, Science K-12

This practical and easy to use guide provides a thorough and complete understanding of how Indigenous Knowledge and “school” science can come together in a meaningful way. It can be used by the beginning teacher to the experienced teacher with or without indigenous context.

 

Culturally Relevant Aboriginal Education

 

culturally relevant

Pearson Education Health and Career Education K-10, Social Studies K-12

This resource provides teachers with an overview of the historical issues related to Aboriginal Peoples and suggests educational tools and learning strategies for use in the classroom. This information is intended to inform the educator of the needs of the Aboriginal student and bring greater academic success for the Aboriginal student.

 

Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools

 

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Wiley Cross Curricular K-12

Author Ron Ritchhart contends that creating a culture of thinking supersedes any particular curriculum. He then provides extensive research and perspectives from different parts of the world as well as practical suggestions and ideas to help teachers transform their classrooms by creating effective and authentic cultures of thinking.

 

The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design To Transform Teaching and Learning

 

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Harry N. Abrams. Cross Curricular K-12

Through 79 exemplars, this resource explores how children learn and the importance of strategically designed physical space to support and enhance learning. It promotes change in the way we create educational space and deliver curriculum.

 

The Art of Tinkering

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Weldon Owen Arts Education – Music K-7, Arts Education – Visual Arts K-7, English Language Arts K-12, Science K-10, 12, Math K-3, Social Studies 1-2, Fine Arts 11, Home Economics 12, Technology Education 11-12, Visual Arts 8-12

Teachers looking to bring art, science and technology into the classroom through the use of a tinkering space will find many examples in this book. Richly illustrated through the use of photographs many of the ideas are meant to provide a starting point; the ideas can then be modified by the end user.

 

Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?: Teaching for Inquiry, PreK-5

 

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Sage Publications Arts Education – Music K-5, Arts Education – Visual Arts K-5, English Language Arts K-5, Health and Career Education K-5, Physical Education K-5, Social Studies K-5, Science K-5

Written in 2008 for an American audience this resource is more appropriate as a critical thinking resource rather than as a support for inquiry learning. The strongest elements of this resource are for unit planning. The author details many basic steps in effective planning, making this resource more suitable for early career teachers than for more experienced teachers.

 

Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms

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Learning Sciences International Cross Curricular K-12

This resource provides both theoretical information and practical strategies for using formative assessment to improve student learning as well as support teachers in refining their own teaching and assessment practice.

 

Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood: Sharing Children’s Learning and Teachers’ Thinking

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Redleaf Press Cross Curricular K-7

Although written specifically for primary teachers, this resource provides valuable information for elementary teachers of all grades. Easy to use and read, the resource encourages educators to choose their entry point to the process of pedagogical documentation and make progressions depending on time, interest, and experience.

 

From Master Teacher to Master Learner

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Solution Tree Press Cross Curricular K-12

This professional resource is a how to guide to help teachers move their pedagogical practice from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning. It is cross curricular rather than content specific and explicit instructional design strategies are not included per se.

 

Intentional Interruption: Breaking Down Learning Barriers to Transform Professional Practice

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Corwin Press Inc. Cross Curricular K-12

Written by Canadian authors, the primary focus of this professional resource is to help educators learn how to learn, and in turn, how to implement high quality professional development effectively. The resource provides opportunities for educators to think creatively and critically about their practice.

 

Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry

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Pearson Education Cross Curricular 5-9

Teachers of grades 5 – 9 students will find many useful strategies focused on inquiry learning, embedding technology, critical thinking, social responsibility, collaboration and literacy skills in this cross curricular, easy-to-use teacher resource.

 

Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

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Harvard Education Press English Language Arts 4-12, Health and Career Education 4-9, Math 4-12, Science 4-12, Social Studies 4-12

This resource explains various aspects of the Question Formulation Technique in detail, including its research-based origins, value, purpose, and steps in the technique (one chapter for each step). It gives examples of the steps across several curricular areas through the intermediate and secondary grades.

 

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners

differentiated classroom

Pearson Education Cross Curricular K-12

This is the second edition of one of the most influential teacher resources of the last twenty years. It offers a comprehensive pedagogical perspective in a condensed format for teachers wanting to introduce differentiated instructional practices. It is an ideal professional resource to be used in a study or inquiry group.

 

Flight School

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Atheneum Books For Young Readers English Language Arts K-5, Science K-5

This engaging picture book can be used to initiate discussion with students and/or teachers on various topics including reading strategies, differentiation, inclusivity, developing empathy skills, community building and goal setting.

 

The Wonder

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Candlewick Press Arts Education – Visual Arts K-7, English Language Arts K-7, Math K-7, Science K-7, Social Studies K-7

Schools and teachers looking to initiate discussions on nurturing creativity and creating space for inspiration and imagination in all curricular areas will find this engaging picture book a good entry point.

 

What Do You Do With an Idea?

what do you do with an idea

Compendium Inc. English Language Arts K-7, Health and Career Education K-7, Science K-7

Departments or teachers could use this engaging picture book to initiate discussion about inquiry education, reading strategies, philosophy, genius hour or invention as well as what is needed to foster a supportive environment for learning.


Made the Grade - April 2016

Lots of new Aboriginal resources and a few French added to this list for the month of April 2016!

If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request!

The ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers!

 

Title Vendor Grades/Subject Areas/Annotation
Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story

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Portage & Main Press

 

English Language Arts grades 10 – 12

This graphic novel recounts the true story of Helen Betty Osborne who on November 13, 1971, in La Pas, Manitoba was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. The novel would provide an avenue to discuss the treatment of indigenous women, especially in light of the recent Royal Commission.

Three Feathers

three feathers

 

Portage & Main Press English Language Arts grades 8 – 12

This graphic novel explores how the process of restorative justice enables three young men to find meaning and purpose in life, after being found guilty of attempted robbery and causing the heart attack of an elderly community member.

Chi-Jean and other Métis Tales

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. English Language Arts grades 1 – 5, Health and Career Education grades 1 – 5, Social Studies grades 1 – 5

Part of the Trickster Tales series, each of the 8 Chi-Jean and other Metis Tales graphic short story books share a lesson about how nature and humans connect to help each other, and bring awareness of the concept of a trickster. The stories will help elementary students connect with indigenous ways of knowing.

 

Glooscap Tales

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. English Language Arts grades 2 – 5, Social Studies grades 2 – 5, English Language Arts grades 10 – 12

These eight traditional tales from the Wabanaki peoples of the East Coast are part of the Trickster Tales series. The Glooscap Tales are simple and easily accessible reading for students. The tales have a message that teaches a meaning or reason why something is the way it is.

Nanabozho Tales

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. English Language Arts grades 2 – 5, Social Studies grades 2 – 5, English Language Arts grades 10 – 12

Part of the Trickster Tales series, the Nanabozho Tales are from the Anishinaabek people of the Great Lakes region. The stories are humorous and engaging for younger students. The content provides context to understanding belief systems of Aboriginal people in Canada

Iktomni Tales

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. Arts Education – Drama grades 1 – 7, Arts Education – Visual Arts grades 1 – 7, English Language Arts grades 1 – 6, Science grades 1 – 6, Social Studies grades 1 – 6

These eight tales are part of the Trickster Tales series. Each set in the series focuses on traditional tales from eight different indigenous peoples and territories. These stories feature Iktomi, the Trickster or Old Man, and come from the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people. They teach lessons about interpersonal characteristics (i.e. honesty, integrity, respect, sharing) using animals and elements of nature

Wesakechak Tales

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. Arts Education – Drama grades 1 – 6, Arts Education – Visual Arts grades 1 – 6, English Language Arts grades 1 – 6, Science grades 1 – 6, Social Studies grades 1 – 6

Part of the Trickster Tales series, the Wesakechak series contains eight graphic novels of trickster stories from the Nehilawe (Cree) people whose traditional territories are in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. These are origin stories of how many animals and other natural features came to be.

Tulugaq and Other Inuit Tales

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. Arts Education – Drama grades 1 – 7, Arts Education – Visual Arts grades 1 – 7, English Language Arts grades 1 – 6, Science grades 1 – 6, Social Studies grades 1 – 6

Part of the Trickster Tales series, these eight tales provide insight into Inuit traditions in an engaging and accessible format. Seven of the eight titles follow the antics of Tulugaq, the trickster raven. The remaining title has human characters as the protagonists.

Tales from the Six Nations

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. Arts Education – Drama grades 1 – 6, Arts Education – Visual Arts grades 1 – 6, English Language Arts grades 1 – 6, Science grades 1 – 6, Social Studies grades 1 – 6

These eight tales are part of the Trickster Tales series. Each set in the series focuses on traditional tales from eight different indigenous peoples and territories. This series takes the reader through tales of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) people. They are origin stories about how some animals came to be the way they are today.

The Seven Teaching Stories Series

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Portage & Main Press English Language Arts grades 1 – 3, Health and Career Education grades 1 – 3, Social Studies grades 1 – 3

Written at an early to mid primary reading level, The Seven Teaching stories reflect the ways of knowing of the Anishinabe indigenous culture. The seven virtues of love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty and truth are revealed when contemporary Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

We Live Here

we live here

Strong Nations Arts Education – Visual Arts grades K – 7, English Language Arts grades K – 12, Science grades K – 5, Social Studies grades K – 5

Part of the series “From the Mountains to the Sea”, this resource invites the reader to understand the broad context and finer details of science and social studies topics focusing on the interconnectedness of animals and people with ecosystems. It is framed by questions suitable for generating a Talking Circle, celebrates important First Nations’ themes, and features dazzling artwork and drawings.

We Share the Seasons

we share the seasons

Strong Nations English Language Arts grades K – 12, Science grades K – 7, Social Studies grades K – 7

Part of the “From the Mountains to the Sea” series, this resource highlights science and social studies topics centred on the seasons and First Nations’ cultural and community activities that take place throughout each season. The pairing of scientific details with cultural details enriches understanding and develops interest.

We Are a Community

we are community

Strong Nations Arts Education – Visual Arts grades K – 4, English Language Arts grades K – 12, Science grades K – 10, Social Studies grades K – 10

Part of the “From the Mountains to the Sea” series, this beautifully constructed and visually appealing resource incorporates science and social studies content using an Aboriginal worldview and approach, focusing on the concept of interconnectedness in the environment. It encourages discussion and critical thinking while honouring Aboriginal ways of knowing.

Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

invent to learn

Constructing Modern Knowledge Press Cross-curricular grades K-12

This teacher resource supports the redesigned BC curriculum through the model of the Maker Movement. It includes extensive examples and strategies to support not only problem-based learning but also inquiry, creative thinking, experiential learning, technology learning and self-directed learning.

Ma vie autour d’une tasse John Deere

mavie

Bayard Canada jeunesse Français langue première 8 – 12, Français langue seconde – immersion 8 – 12

Étienne est homosexuel. Il étudie dans une polyvalente où ses amis l’acceptent comme il est. Un concours de bénévolat le conduit dans une maison de retraite où il rencontre M. Julien, qui est homosexuel lui aussi, mais qui n’a jamais pu le dire. M. Julien meurt et lui lègue sa voiture. Ses enfants se vengent en dessinant un graffiti sur la voiture. Lorsqu’elle tombe en panne, Étienne décide de la vendre et envoie une lettre aux enfants de M. Julien en les remerciant de leur don à un organisme luttant contre l’homophobie. Un roman court, facile à lire et plein d’humour qu’apprécieront les élèves en dernière année du secondaire. On y aborde les thèmes des parents remariés, du bénévolat, des cours à la polyvalente et de la sexualité.

Recherché

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Bayard Canada Français – immersion tardive 8, Français langue première 7 – 8, Français langue seconde – immersion 7 – 12, French as a Second Language (Core French) 11 – 12,  Health and Career Education 7 – 8, Social Studies 7 – 8

Marc, un adolescent de 14 ans, a été séparé de son frère lorsque leur mère est morte. Il fait une fugue de sa famille d’adoption, change son apparence et se cache dans les rues de Québec. Il rencontre Lucien, un libraire, qui l’invite à habiter chez lui. Une véritable complicité se crée entre eux. Elle permettra à Marc d’affronter l’avenir et de retrouver son frère jumeau… Ce roman peut être utilisé en classe de français ou de sciences humaines. Il offre de nombreux renseignements sur la Rome antique.


Made the Grade - March 2016

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Title Vendor Grades/Subject Areas/Annotation
Math Help Services

MHS

Math Help Services

 

Math grades 8 – 12

Math Help Services is a collection of effective video math lessons. Each lesson is clearly narrated, supported with appropriate and useful graphics, and accompanied by worksheets and quizzes. The instructional design allows flexible and differentiated instruction, as teachers can assign materials to students based on their needs, and students can complete each section at their own pace. The product can be useful for whole class learning, individual students needing extra help, and advanced learners needing supplementary material.

Future Goals: Hockey Scholar

future goals

 

EverFi Math grades 6 – 9; Science grades 6 – 9

This visually appealing resource supports science and math learning at the upper intermediate and high school levels through the use of engaging games and simulations. The games are well organized, the format simple to use, and game play intuitive to students. The activities encourage problem solving strategies in the ‘real world’ application of hockey.

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Teacher Resource Guide Grade 5

Res School Gr 5

First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association Arts Education -Visual Arts grade 5; English Language Arts grades 4  – 9; Science grade 5; Social Studies grades 4 – 9

This teacher’s resource provides an introduction to the topic of residential schools and reconciliation, and will help educators gain awareness of this important topic. It will aid in the integration of First Nations experiences and history into BC curriculum. Although aimed specifically at grade five, it could be used from grades three through nine.

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Teacher Resource Guide Grade 10

Res School Gr 10

 

First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association Social Studies grades 10 – 12

This teacher resource has been developed by FNESC to support understanding of the residential school system and the damage done to First Nations People as a result of it. It contains lesson plans, blackline masters and primary source documents that teachers can use or modify to suit their own classrooms.

 

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Teacher Resource Guide Grades 11/12

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First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association Social Studies grades 9 – 12

This teacher resource has been developed by FNESC to provide flexibility in integrating the study of Indian Residential Schools and reconciliation into coursework at the senior secondary level. It contains lesson plans, blackline masters and primary source documents that teachers can use or modify to suit the needs of their own classrooms.


Made the Grade - February 2016

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Title Vendor Grades/Subject Areas/Annotation
Échec et mat

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Du Phoenix Français langue première 6 – 8; Français langue seconde – immersion 7 – 8

 Cette histoire porte sur les conflits qui peuvent arriver dans les familles recomposées. Mathias est triste parce que son père passe moins de temps avec lui depuis qu’il s’est remarié. Ils partagent depuis longtemps la même passion, les échecs. Quand son père annule leurs plans, Matthias décide de ne plus le voir. Il rencontre M. Dupuis, un homme gentil qui accepte de jouer aux échecs avec lui. Pendant quelques mois, Mathias et M. Dupuis jouent régulièrement aux échecs et nouent une belle amitié. Mathias se sent maintenant prêt à accepter sa nouvelle relation avec son père. Échec et Mat est un roman qui pourrait être utilisé dans les cours de français langue première ou langue seconde en Colombie-Britannique. Abordant le sujet de la séparation, il intéressera de nombreux élèves.

Une épouvantable saison

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Du Phoenix Français – immersion tardive 7 – 8; Français langue première 5 – 7; Français langue seconde – immersion 5 – 7

Bruno, qui est victime d’intimidation, doit trouver le courage de continuer sa saison de hockey malgré la violence physique et mentale que lui fait subir son coéquipier Vincent. Il se replie d’abord sur lui-même et pense abandonner sa passion, le hockey. Son père lui dit qu’il doit se défendre, se battre et ne pas se laisser intimider. Petit à petit, Bruno réussit à surmonter la peur qu’il a de Vincent. De plus en plus confiant, Bruno continue sur sa lancée jusqu’au Concours d’habiletés qui l’opposera à Vincent. Ce roman favorise le développement de la pensée critique. Il peut être utilisé en salle de classe pour générer des discussions sur le thème de l’intimidation. Il donne aux élèves du niveau intermédiaire, qui pourront facilement s’identifier aux différents personnages, l’occasion de réfléchir sur ce sujet très présent dans la société d’aujourd’hui.

Bienvenue á Rocketville

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Du Phoenix Français – immersion tardive 7 – 8; Français langue première 5 – 8; Français langue seconde – immersion 6 – 8

Zack, passionné de hockey, ne vit que pour son sport préféré. Nathan, qui vient d’arriver à Rocketville, vit replié sur lui-même et doit s’ajuster à la vie avec sa mère. Il se sent très loin de son père. Zack l’invite à se joindre à son équipe de hockey. S’ensuit alors une aventure inusitée et pleine de surprises entre les deux garçons! Abordant les thèmes du hockey, de l’amitié, de la séparation et de la famille, ce roman touchera de nombreux lecteurs et contribuera à développer leur pensée critique. Les garçons en particulier, pourront s’identifier aux personnages principaux.

Le Garçon en Pyjama Rayé

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Gallimard Français langue première 11 – 12; Français langue seconde – immersion 11 – 12; Social Studies 11

Bruno, un garçon de neuf ans, doit déménager de Berlin et se retrouve dans une maison isolée et triste. De sa chambre, il aperçoit des hommes, des femmes et des enfants qui sont tous vêtus de pyjamas rayés, mais personne ne veut lui expliquer qui ils sont. Il part en exploration et rencontre Shmuel, un garçon de son âge qui vit de l’autre côté de la barrière. Les deux enfants se lient d’amitié, mais Bruno n’en parle à personne. Un jour, Bruno franchit la clôture pour aider Shmuel à retrouver son père… Ce livre pourra faire l’objet de projets personnels ou de groupes sur les thèmes de l’injustice, de la guerre, de l’amitié, des camps de concentration, de la cruauté, des préjugés ou de l’Holocauste.

Les Enfants de la liberté

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Castarman Français langue première 11 – 12; Français langue seconde – immersion 11 – 12; French as a Second Language (Core French) 12; Social Studies 11 – 12; Fine Arts 11; Visual Arts 12

Cet album met en images le roman de Marc Levy, Les enfants de la liberté, et raconte l’histoire d’un réseau de résistance à Toulouse, en France, pendant la Deuxième guerre mondiale. Deux jeunes garçons juifs s’engagent dans la résistance, le père et l’oncle de Marc Lévy. Comme de nombreux autres paysans et ouvriers immigrés, ils vont lutter pour la France et la liberté… L’album aborde les thèmes de l’amitié, de l’antisémitisme, de l’Holocauste, de la solidarité et de la désobéissance civile. Il peut servir à étudier la vie des immigrants et des résistants à l’époque, et l’importance de l’engagement des citoyens, en cours de sciences humaines 11, histoire 12, et français langue 11 et 12.

Maus, un survivant raconte, Tome 1: Mon père saigne l’histoire

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Flammarion Français langue première 10 – 12; Français langue seconde – immersion 10 – 12;  Social Studies 10 – 12; Visual Arts 11 – 12

De Auschwitz à New York, Maus est un récit en deux temps. Dans les années 1970, Art Spiegelman cherche à se réconcilier avec son père, Vladek Spiegelman, un rescapé juif des camps nazis, et il recueille ses témoignages de survivant de l’Holocauste. À travers les récits de son père, l’auteur retrace le destin de ses parents, des juifs polonais déportés par les nazis, dans les années 1930 et 1940, et décrit les atrocités de la guerre, de la déportation et du racisme… Maus est une bande dessinée qui peut être utilisée en classe de français, de sciences humaines ou d’histoire. Avec ses dessins, l’auteur illustre, sans jamais les glorifier, les atrocités de la guerre, de la déportation et du racisme.

Maus, un survivant raconte, Tome 2 : Et c’est la que mes ennuis ont commence

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Flammarion Français langue première 10 – 12; Français langue seconde – immersion 10 – 12;  Social Studies 11 – 12; Home Economics 10 – 12; Visual Arts 11 – 12

Le second tome s’attarde sur la vie dans les camps de concentration. Vladek explique comment il a réussi à s’en sortir dans cet environnement hostile. Il raconte ses astuces pour se procurer de quoi survivre, et pour aider Anja, sa femme, à survivre aussi. Art Spiegelman inclut également de nombreuses réflexions sur son travail d’écriture… Maus peut être utilisé en classe de français, de sciences humaines ou d’histoire. Il permet d’explorer des thèmes reliés aux camps de concentration et à l’Holocauste.

Residential Schools with the Words and Images of Survivors

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Indigenous Education Press English Language Arts grades 8  – 12; Social Studies grades 9 – 12

Award winning author and residential school survivor Larry Loyie has co-authored this book which provides a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada. It incorporates the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as many archival and contemporary images. It provides authentic background information for students.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt English Language Arts grade 12

Although told through the eyes of nine year old Oskar Schell, the themes, content, and unique writing style of this novel make it appropriate for senior students only. This novel could be provided as an option for independent novel study or literature circles.

Freaks and Revelations

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers English Language Arts grades 6 – 11, Social Studies grades 6 – 12

One of the titles in The 10 Discovery Series, this magazine format high interest non-fiction text features 10 inspirational Aboriginal leaders from across Canada. This resource supports discussion, critical thinking and cooperative learning.

The English Patient


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Knopf Canada English Language Arts grade 12

This beautifully written, complex and award winning novel is best used with an advanced senior English class. The sophisticated content and richly developed characters and themes are best mediated with explicit teacher support.

The Invention of Wings

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Penguin Publishing Group English Language Arts grades 9 – 12; Social Studies grade 12

Based on the true story of abolitionist and suffragette, Sarah Grimke, this engaging novel provides opportunities for students to examine the social and political history of slavery and women’s rights from 1803 to 1838 in the southern USA. The story is told through the first person accounts of Sarah and her slave, Handful. Each in her own way is striving for independence.

My Heart Shook Like a Drum: What I Learned at the Indian Mission Schools, Northwest Territories

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Borealis Press English Language Arts grades 9 – 12; Social Studies grades 10 – 12

This is a first person account of a young Dene girl who was taken from her family at age four and placed in residential school. There she endured many physical and mental abuses which are detailed in this autobiography. Teachers will need to consider their students’ experiences and carefully preview sections before using the resource.

Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools

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Heritage House Publishing English Language Arts grades 9 – 12; Social Studies grades 9 – 12

Theodore Fontaine was taken from his family and community at the age of seven and sent to residential school. In this powerful and moving autobiography Fontaine shares both the trauma of his school experience and the hopefulness of his healing journey.

Boo

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Knopf Canada English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Health and Career Education grade 9

In this original and thought provoking novel Oliver “Boo” Dalrymple goes to school one day, takes his daily dose of bullying, and suddenly finds he has “passed” into Town, a heaven populated entirely by other 13 year old Americans. The bullying, depression/mental illness, and suicide in the book can allow for in-depth conversations about these issues.

Living in Two Worlds: A Gwich’in Woman Tells Her True Story

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Trafford English Language Arts grades 11 – 12

This is a first hand account of the life of Therese, a Gwich’in woman, who spent her early years living in the Northwest Territories following a traditional way of life. In her later years she struggled to reconcile modern living with her culture and endured many hardships. Although the text is not stylistically rich and contains spelling and grammatical errors it is an authentic First Peoples text.


Made the Grade - January 2016

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Title Vendor Grades/Subject Areas/Annotation
Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence

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HarperCollins English Language Arts grades 9 – 12

This anthology is a collection of 16 engaging young adult short stories centred around the struggles of being gay and overcoming stereotypes. They present an honest portrayal of what it means to be gay and the need for love and acceptance.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy With Autism

Knopf Canada English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Health and Career Education grades 8 – 12; Home Economics grades 10 – 12; Social Studies grade 12

Written by a thirteen year old autistic Japanese boy, in a question and answer format, this memoir allows readers in to the mind of someone living with severe autism. It provides insight into the motivation behind the behaviours of people with autism and creates empathy and understanding in the reader.

Celia’s Song

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COR English Language Arts grades 11 – 12

“Celia’s Song” chronicles the events, over several generations, of an extended Stolo family who live on a reserve in the Fraser Valley. However, the level of poverty and violence in the novel, while accurately portraying the effects of long term historical and psychological abuse on many First Nations families, make it suitable for mature students only.

An Abundance of Katherines

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Penguin Young Readers Group English Language Arts grades 10 – 12

In this humourous and poignant coming of age story main character Colin Singleton, former child prodigy, is struggling to find a way to matter in the world – and to his former 18 girlfriends, all named Katherine. With his best friend Hassan he sets out on a road trip to try to find the answers.

Hole in My Life

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Square Fish English Language Arts grades 10 – 12

“Hole in My Life” is the true story of a bleak period in the life of Jack Gantos, prize winning author of many books for young people. An aspiring writer at age 19, he made the foolish choice of getting involved in drug-smuggling. As a result he spent several harrowing years in prison.

Kiss of the Fur Queen

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Doubleday Canada English Language Arts grade 12; Social Studies grades 11 – 12

This is a complex, challenging and powerful work of literature that is appropriate for mature students only. The personal devastation that results when children are removed from their community and forced to attend residential schools in the South is described in language that is graphic and disturbing. Teachers using this novel with their students must carefully consider their community. They may want to secure parental authorization before use.

I Am Number Four

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HarperCollins English Language Arts grades 8 – 9

This is the first novel in a science-fiction series of novels involving aliens from the planet Mogadore tracking down nine adolescents from the planet Lorien who are hiding on Earth. It may be best suited for literature circles due to the violence described. Though engaging, the escapist nature of the novel may not lend itself to extensive interpretation or analysis.

Midnight Sweatlodge

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Theytus Books English Language Arts grades 10 – 12

Written by Waubgeshig Rice, a member of the Anishinaabe community, this novel describes the many long term impacts of cultural assimilation on the First Nations people of Canada and the importance of the sweatlodge in the healing process. A number of issues are addressed in the novel that would encourage critical discussion.

Victims of Benevolence: The Dark Legacy of the Williams Lake Residential School

 

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Arsenal Pulp Press English Language Arts grades 10 – 12; Social Studies grades 11 – 12

This text makes extensive use of primary source materials to document events, including the deaths of two boys, at the Williams Lake residential school in the early 1900’s. It provides students opportunities to critically analyze the government’s and church’s position towards First Nations people.

The 10 Most Inspiring Aboriginal Leaders

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Scholastic Canada Ltd. English Language Arts grades 6 – 11, Social Studies grades 6 – 12

One of the titles in The 10 Discovery Series, this magazine format high interest non-fiction text features 10 inspirational Aboriginal leaders from across Canada. This resource supports discussion, critical thinking and cooperative learning.

The 10 Most Significant Crossroads in Aboriginal History


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Scholastic Canada Ltd. English Language Arts grades 4 – 12; Social Studies grades 4 – 11

One of the titles in The 10 Discovery Series, this magazine format high interest non-fiction text highlights 10 major events in Canadian Aboriginal history. This resource supports discussion, critical thinking and cooperative learning. 

Aboriginal Biographies: Musicians

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Weigl Educational Publishers English Language Arts grades 4 – 7; Health and Career Education grades 4 – 7; Social Studies grades 4 – 7

This text is one of four titles in the series “Canadian Aboriginal Biographies” which includes Athletes, Musicians, Artists, and Political Leaders. Each title follows the same format and gives information about the person’s early life, personal profile, developing skills, path to success, and accomplishments.

They Came for the Children: Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Social Studies  grades 4 – 5, 8 – 11

Published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, this resource is a detailed, well researched history of the Residential School experience. Through an examination of policy and through interviews with those who worked in and attended the schools, it provides readers with a clear view of what happened in residential schools.

Turtle Island Voices

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Pearson Canada Arts Education: Dance grades 1 – 6; Drama grades 4 – 6; Music grades 4 – 6; Visual Arts grades K – 6; English Language Arts grades K – 8; Health and Careen Education grades K – 8; Science grades K – 8; Social Studies grades K – 8; Physical Education grades 2 – 5

Turtle Island Voices is a levelled book series for grades 1 – 8 celebrating Aboriginal culture, heritage and life. Grades 1-6 consists of ten titles per grade: (three traditional stories, four modern stories, and three informational texts) and a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide. The titles cover a range of levels appropriate for the grade. This series offers all children, Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal, the opportunity to recognize the role and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in the life, culture, and heritage of Canada. It can be used to integrate Aboriginal content and perspectives into multiple classroom lessons.


Made the Grade - December 2015

 

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Title Vendor Grades/Subject Areas/Annotation
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

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Penguin Young Readers Group English Language Arts grades 7 – 9, 11 – 12

This humorous, satirical novel is likely to appeal to reluctant readers, particularly middle school-age boys. Oliver, the main character, is an “evil genius” outsider who poses as being unintelligent in order to achieve his goals.

The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement

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Arbeiter Ring Publishing English Language Arts grades 10 – 12; Social Studies grades 9 – 12; Fine Arts grade 11;  Visual Arts grades 11 – 12

The Winter We Danced is a powerful collection of commentaries, poetry, lyrics, art, and images drawn from the Indigenous Protest wave against Bill C-45. It could be used in both secondary English and Social Studies curriculums for discussion of Aboriginal issues and environmentalism.

The Martian 

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Crown/Archetype English Language Arts grades 11 – 12

Astronaut Mark Watney has been accidentally stranded on Mars, presumed dead by his crew mates. He has to find a way to survive for several years on Mars with his limited supplies and brilliant knowledge of science. The result is an engaging and suspenseful read.

Fish in a Tree

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Penguin Young Readers Group English Language Arts grades 5 – 8; Health and Career Education grades 5 – 8

Ally is a grade 6 girl who has mastered all sorts of coping skills to disguise her inability to read. Her life begins to change when her new teacher recognizes that she is a bright girl struggling with an undiagnosed learning disability. The novel supports discussions of stereotyping, discrimination, and bullying.

Stone

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Portage and Main Press English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Social Studies grades 8 – 12

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an engaging 4-part graphic novel series with an accompanying Teacher’s Guide. Through the character of Edwin, the story follows one Aboriginal family over three centuries and seven generations. Stone is the first title in the series and introduces Edwin, a young man who must discover his family’s past if he is to have any future.

Scars

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Portage and Main Press English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Social Studies grades 8 – 12

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an engaging 4-part graphic novel series with an accompanying Teacher’s Guide. Through the character of Edwin, the story follows one Aboriginal family over three centuries and seven generations. In this second title of the series Edwin learns the story of his ancestor White Cloud who faced personal tragedy as a result of the Smallpox epidemic.

Ends/Begins

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Portage and Main Press English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Social Studies grades 8 – 12

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an engaging 4-part graphic novel series with an accompanying teacher’s guide. Through the character of Edwin, the story follows one Aboriginal family over three centuries and seven generations. This is the third title in the series and it tells the story of Edwin’s father’s residential school experience.

The Pact

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Portage and Main Press English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Social Studies grades 8 – 12

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an engaging 4-part graphic novel series with an accompanying Teacher’s Guide. Through the character of Edwin, the story follows one Aboriginal family over three centuries and seven generations. Stone is the first title in the series and introduces Edwin, a young man who must discover his family’s past if he is to have any future.

Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story 

 

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Portage and Main Press English Language Arts grades 8 – 12; Social Studies grades 8 – 12

This engaging graphic novel tells the true story of the residential school experiences of Betsy Ross who was taken away at age eight. It supports discussion of themes such as intergenerational effects, healing, reconciliation and resilience. 

Aboriginal Biographies: Political Leaders

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Weigl Educational Publishers English Language Arts grades 4 – 7; Health and Career Education grades 4 – 7; Social Studies grades 4 – 7

This text is one of four titles in the series “Canadian Aboriginal Biographies” which includes Athletes, Musicians, Artists, and Political Leaders. Each title follows the same format and gives information about the person’s early life, personal profile, developing skills, path to success, and accomplishments.

Aboriginal Biographies: Athletes


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Weigl Educational Publishers English Language Arts grades 4 – 7; Health and Career Education grades 4 – 7; Social Studies grades 4 – 7

This text is one of four titles in the series “Canadian Aboriginal Biographies” which includes Athletes, Musicians, Artists, and Political Leaders. Each title follows the same format and gives information about the person’s early life, personal profile, developing skills, path to success, and accomplishments

Aboriginal Biographies: Musicians

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Weigl Educational Publishers English Language Arts grades 4 – 7; Health and Career Education grades 4 – 7; Social Studies grades 4 – 7

This text is one of four titles in the series “Canadian Aboriginal Biographies” which includes Athletes, Musicians, Artists, and Political Leaders. Each title follows the same format and gives information about the person’s early life, personal profile, developing skills, path to success, and accomplishments.

Aboriginal Biographies: Artists

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Weigl Educational Publishers English Language Arts grades 4 – 7; Health and Career Education grades 4 – 7; Social Studies grades 4 – 7

This text is one of four titles in the series “Canadian Aboriginal Biographies” which includes Athletes, Musicians, Artists, and Political Leaders. Each title follows the same format and gives information about the person’s early life, personal profile, developing skills, path to success, and accomplishments.