Coming Soon: Grade 8 Literacy Units

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Coming Soon: Grade 8 Literacy Units

Developing curriculum from a First Nations perspective, that supports MB education outcomes, is one of the goals of MFNERC. To this end, our Literacy Facilitators have been hard at work creating three literacy units for Grade 8. They are, Identity, Residential Schools, and Water Stewardship. The units are set to be complete by the end of December, 2015, and will be provided to the First Nations schools we work with, and available in our library.

Screen Capture1Survive & Thrive, A Grade 8 ELA Cross-Curricular Unit focuses on three main questions: Who am I? Who did I come from? Who will I become? Through these questions, students gain an understanding of one’s ancestral world view, one’s present situation, and that one’s potential leads to the development of a resilient identity; that the challenges faced in maintaining identity has led to the resiliency of First Nations people; and that having a well-developed sense of identity helps one to move forward in life, build healthy relationships, and remain connected to the values, traditions, and ethics of the family unit and the community.

Screen Capture3Exploring the Residential School Era, A Grade 8 ELA Cross-Curricular Unit explores the concept that the effect of residential schools is a factor that shaped present-day First Nations society. Through this unit, students will come to understand that to know the impact of residential school is to explore the past; the ripple effect can be listed and identified in present-day First Nations society; and this knowledge can be used to develop a path for the future.

Screen Capture4Water Stewardship, A Grade 8 ELA Cross-Curricular Unit examines a variety of water issues with a specific focus on Cross Lake, MB. It looks at such questions as, How was the water system used by First Nations people? How have the changes to the water system impacted on the environment? and What are some of the actions to take locally for reducing the impact on the water system? Among other outcomes, students will learn to value the historical significance of traditional societies, explain the importance of knowing the past, and use traditional knowledge to read the land.

For more information on these units, please contact Cheryl Plaisier, Literacy Facilitator cherylp@mfnerc.com or Donna Prince, Literacy Facilitator donnap@mfnerc.com.

 

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