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Stone: One of the books from the series

7 GENERATIONS SERIES

by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
for grades 9–12

7 Generations* is an epic, 4-book graphic novel series that spans three centuries and seven generations. The central character in the series is Edwin. Edwin, an Aboriginal teenager, must learn of his family’s past if he is to have any future. The impact of his journey of discovery, and the revelation that follows, will change his life.

Stone
Introduces Edwin who learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man.

Scars
The story of the orphan White Cloud, set against the smallpox epidemic of 1870-1871.

Ends/Begins
The story of Edwin’s father, and the residential school saga.

The Pact
A story of redemption, as Edwin and his father reconcile their past and begin a new journey.

The stories that run through 7 Generations explore the following historical concepts of the Plains Cree culture:

  • social customs, including family life, marriage, and subsistence
  • political structures
  • traditional games
  • spiritual practices and rituals
  • conflict

BUY AT AMAZON: David Robertson books available

Great ideas for using the series in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for 7 Generations Series. A FREE copy of the guide is available for downloading. Click here.

A correlation chart for the Ontario Native Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12  is available for downloading. Click Here

A correlation chart for the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12 is available for downloading. Click Here

*Please note content may be disturbing to some readers.

 

Dr. Stelomethet Ethel B Gardner


 

Coast Salish Woman with the Gift of Language Revitalization

Here are some articles and information on Dr. Gardner as additional information for our EDEL 412 class, in addition to the two articles of Dr. Gardner’s we are reading.

U of A Academic Staff ~ I recommend reading and watching a video of her.

She is currently employed at the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor within the Elementary Education Department.  She has done extensive work all across Canada.  Dr. Gardner’s primary research interests are aboriginal education, aboriginal

language and literacy, indigenous language revitalization, indigenous languages and techn

ology.  I am sure I will underrepresent Dr. Gardner in this post as I have only had a glimpse of her work and presence for one semester in 2010.  For this I apologize but look forward to reading more of her works and getting to know her better.

Other related websites or articles:

Without Our Language We Will Cease to Exist As People

High Tech Saves Ancient Language (Simon Frazer University)

Preserving the Ojibwe Langauge

Lakehead University Annual Report 2008-09

Other links:

Elementary Education YouTube

 

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Book Review by our ATEP Class of the HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS


Adventure, Suspense, Heart Pounding thought provoking…

“When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance…naming him Modo…raises…in isolation, training him to become a secret agent.”  Soon he meets the beautiful agent Octavia Milkweed and together they help Mr. Socrates “stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners” staged during the Victorian era of the 1800s.

This adventurous, intriguing, “action packed adventure”, suspenseful, heart pounding, non-fictional story evoked mixed emotions in the readers from horror to sympathy to anticipation to anger; however, the common theme is they were “hooked”!

This book is geared towards grades 4 and up but it was discussed that the teacher would need to be aware of the students’ abilities and personality to get the most out of the novel because of the length, content, vocabulary, and reading level.

The unique characters really brought out the story in the book and allowed the readers to connect with them in various ways through Slade’s emotionally impacting and revealing introduction of each character in the beginning.  Author Arthur Slade did an excellent “job maintaining suspense” that the reader had a hard time putting the book down and encouraged further reading of the series.

Chapter 33 was the most intriguing chapter for me because of the underlying message the reader would receive during Modo’s intellectually strategic technique to save the children and stop the Clockwork Guilt’s evil plan.  Modo’s gift and actions in the storyline was so thought provoking that it allowed the reader to look within to look at their beliefs and interpret, from their perceptive, what moral message they would receive from the story.  It was interesting how each of us received the same similar overall message of how feeling understood, validated, and worthy can allow us to see our inner power and strength.  In addition, to helping us to believe in our self, trusting our inner voice to get us through anything; however, upon further reflection, we also received additional messages based on our experiences, morals, and beliefs like love yourself; let go of anger it only harms self and permits others to control us; and how courage and inspiration can go along way.  In addition, I liked how one of the readers said to value your inner power and “positive thinking and finding that one person in life you can listen to and get strength from” helps us all.  This is a very powerful message for young people to understand because a youth’s life can be so confusing sometimes. It was very interesting reading different points of views about what lesson(s) were embedded in Modo’s strategy to save the children.

This novel was a pleasure for the readers and a great resource for the classroom; in addition to the great resources via website like book reviews, study guide, videos, and more.  Overall, we can all agree this is an excellent and fun read!

Download the Attached PDF FIle for use in the classroom.

www.hunchbackassignments.com

www.arthurslade.com

 
 
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