WDM Photo 3-F-1
unit consists of four sections. Each section begins with a chart
that summarizes the objectives that will be covered in that
particular section as well as what types of activities will
be used to achieve the listed objectives. Following the summary
chart, you will find a description of the activity, samples
of how charts (templates) are to be completed and links to any
In the bibliography/references
section there is a list of children’s literature to help
you select the literature required for the unit.
PLEASE NOTE: The structure of this unit can
be used for ANY culture if you have the literature based resources
on hand for the students to examine.
This unit contains activities for several
subject areas including Language Arts, Social Studies, Dance,
and Drama. It begins with an introduction to oral tradition,
storytelling, and First Nations' cultural areas. Students
will learn how geographic location influences the evolution
of the various First Nation’s cultures and they will
be required to differentiate between the different types of
First Nation’s mythology. The students will also be
required to examine the literature to find information about
First Nation’s beliefs, values, customs, and ways of
life. Following that, students will identify common themes
found in the First Nation’s literature, using drama
and dance to gain a deeper understanding of the First Nation’s
way of life.
The students will also learn what types of
characteristics make stories ideal for retelling or reading
aloud. They will select their own stories to retell to their
classmates. They will also examine original and adapted versions
of the same tale to warm them up for an authentication project.
The final section, authenticating folklore, will teach students
about the important role that good research plays in communicating
accurate cultural information. It will also force students
to pay attention to the intricate details in the literature.