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First Nations, Métis and Inuit Stories

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Educational Resources

Oral Storytelling and Class Story Blanket

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Evaluation Tools

Below is a list of measurable behaviours that indicate full participation. These may be used as benchmarks for an assessment rubric.

  • Actively listens and comments appropriately (as in a conversation/class discussion).

  • Makes connections to previous learning, experiences, readings or other classes.

  • Always prepared/participates in all activities/class discussions.

  • Shows joyfulness and appreciation for material presented and responds accordingly.

  • Shows great commitment and interest in learning.

  • Always focused/not distracted or tired.

  • Insightful conversations and discussions.

  • Prepared/knowledgeable about topic being shared in class.

  • Always respectful of others during discussions and sharing times.

  • Interacts with peers and instructors during class.

  • "Piggybacks" or expands on others' ideas.

  • Demonstrates politeness and appropriate behaviour, shows excitement.

  • Demonstrates genuine interest in the subject matter.

Illustrating a Story
Below is a list of criteria to evaluate the students' products. These may be used as benchmarks for an assessment rubric.

Illustration Appeal

  • Design is very well thought out.
  • Excellent layout and neatness.
  • Use of space and balance is exceptional.
  • Aesthetically appealing.


  • Story content is accurately and clearly covered in the illustration.

Graphic Details

  • Graphics are related to the topic and support the story.
  • Creative elements are also added to enhance the illustration.

Assigned Requirements

  • Student includes all of the necessary elements in the illustration, as well as some additional information.

Writing a Story

Below is a list of criteria to evaluate the students' products. These may be used as benchmarks for an assessment rubric.

Story Sequence

  • Student competently orders story ideas into a beginning, middle and end.

Vocabulary Choice

  • Student consistently includes details, descriptions, language from the story in the re-write.

Story Retelling Rubric

The table below is an assessment rubric to help teachers measure and evaluate student performance.

Story Retelling Rubric
Student's name: Date:
Story title: Total score:
Level (see the scoring guide below)
Rubric for Scoring Individual Story Elements

Detailed: 3  Partial: 2  Fragmentary: 1  Inaccurate: 0
(How and where does the story begin?)
(Who are the main characters?)
(What is an important problem in the story?)
Sequence of major events
(What are some of the most important things that happen in the story?)
(How is the problem solved? How does the story end?)
Was the retelling assisted? __________________ (for oral retellings only).
Scoring Guide for Retellings
For Oral and Written Retellings
Capable 13-15
Developing 9-12
Beginning 5-8
Novice 0-4

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