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The Story Blanket

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Lesson 2
The Story Blanket

The Significance of the Blanket in Aboriginal Communities

Inspired by legends, stories, events and other aspects of culture and heritage, Aboriginal communities have woven together craftsmanship, artistry, history and generosity in the form of robes and blankets for centuries. As in the past, the blanket and robe continue to have significance to many Aboriginal peoples across the continent. They are used to honour individual life changing events, to offer in gift-giving ceremonies, to serve as a record of a significant event, or to provide protection.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide sufficient detail to support a main point and organize ideas;
  • create a visual response to a specific story;
  • discuss the elements of the particular story;
  • share information on a topic using print, audio-visual, or dramatic forms.

Activity 2.1
Live Storytelling
Students will select a story and perform it in groups, or as a class.

Activity 2.2
Illustrating the Story Blanket
Students will create different illustrations for their section of the story. These illustrations will become blanket squares for a story blanket.

Activity 2.3
Recording the Story Blanket Video
Students will record their final product on video.

Evaluation Tools
Illustrating a Story
Writing a Story
Story Retelling Rubric

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