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My Arctic 1, 2, 3, by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka, Toronto: Annick Press, 1996

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Educational Resources

Oral Storytelling and Class Story Blanket

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Related Website: Our Voices, Our Stories
Content: Oral Storytelling, Drama, Writing, and Visual Arts expression
Ages: 9-13
Subjects: Social Studies, Native Studies, Language Arts, Visual Arts

This educational resource consists of two lessons exploring the dramatic and artistic elements of storytelling. Students will learn about the significance of Aboriginal storytelling. They will explore various examples of Aboriginal stories as well as other stories. Using the knowledge they gain from this experience, students will write their own story and use dramatic techniques to retell it. They will also create a class "story blanket" and have the option to video record their final product.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • identify different types of stories, as well as their significant elements.
  • recall and relate, in their own words, the major parts of a story and its supporting details.
  • discuss their own and others' understanding of various community and cultural traditions, in various times and places, as portrayed in texts.
  • create a new story or re-design a familiar one.
  • create a visual response to a specific story.
  • share information on a topic using print, audio-visual, or dramatic forms.

Activities Summary
Below is a table summarizing the activities in this educational resource. The table headings are: Title, Objectives, and Additional Formats.

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Title Outcome Additional Formats
Curriculum Connections To show the connections between this educational resource and provincial curriculums across Canada. [PDF 29 KB]
[RTF 133 KB]
Aboriginal Storytelling Background To gain an understanding of the history and significance of aboriginal storytelling. [PDF 27 KB]
[RTF 75 KB]
Storytelling Hints
To provide access to a list of suggestions for oral storytelling. [PDF 31 KB]
[RTF 93 KB]
Lesson 1
Writing Your Own Story Overview
Summary of learning objectives for Lesson 1. [PDF 26 KB]
[RTF 81 KB]
Activity 1.1
Exploring Aboriginal Stories
To experience storytelling techniques modelled by the teacher. [PDF 26 KB]
[RTF 76 KB]
Activity 1.2
Writing a Cultural Story
To create an original story or change a familiar one. [PDF 28 KB]
[RTF 75 KB]
Lesson 2
The Story Blanket Overview
Summary of learning objectives for Lesson 2. [PDF 26 KB]
[RTF 76 KB]
Activity 2.1
Live Storytelling
To perform a story in groups or as a class. [PDF 29 KB]
[RTF 82 KB]
Activity 2.2
Illustrating the Story Blanket
To use various artistic techniques to create a "story blanket." [PDF 26 KB]
[RTF 74 KB]
Activity 2.3
Recording the Story Blanket Video
To record the "story blanket" on video. [PDF 29 KB]
[RTF 93 KB]
Evaluation Tools
Illustrating a Story
Writing a Story
Story Retelling Rubric
Asessment tools to evaluate student products. Lists of assessable behaviours and a rubric. [PDF 38 KB]
[RTF 121 KB]

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