Elementary Language Arts Grade 3-5
Apr 16, 2024 to Jun 11, 2024
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM EST
Teacher: Nadia A. & Nadia K.
This is part 2 to the Winter Course, Indigenous Novel Study part 1 where students read the true story Fatty Legs.
This course is designed for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills as they analyse the text, interpret ideas, and information. An important emphasis throughout the course is on understanding the impact of Residential Schools on Indigenous children and families in Canada.
About the book: Stranger At Home by Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan- Fenton
Traveling to be reunited with her family in the arctic, 10-year-old Margaret Pokiak can hardly contain her excitement. It’s been two years since her parents delivered her to the school run by the dark-cloaked nuns and brothers. Coming ashore, Margaret spots her family, but her mother barely recognizes her, screaming, “Not my girl.” Margaret realizes she is now marked as an outsider. And Margaret is an outsider: she has forgotten the language and stories of her people, and she can’t even stomach the food her mother prepares. However, Margaret gradually relearns her language and her family’s way of living. Along the way, she discovers how important it is to remain true to the ways of her people—and to herself. Highlighted by archival photos and striking artwork, this first-person account of a young girl’s struggle to find her place will inspire young readers to ask what it means to belong.
If you choose to withdraw from the course, please see below:
March 10th: 90% refund
April 1st: 50% refund
After the first class: 50% credit or 25% refund
In short stories, we learned how to identify different parts of a story and the themes in the story. I enjoyed reading the short stories and found them quite interesting. In novel studies, I enjoyed reading the books and afterward having debates about topics in the book.
It was really fun when we did impromptu debates because we learned how to prepare a small speech on any topic in just a few minutes.