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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.


EDEL 330 Science –

Related people, material, philosophies, etc. related to our lecture for September 8, 2011 class:

The idea was Wholistic (Holistic) Science to include various views when teaching Science; however, Wikipedia has it’s own definition.

What is an Indigenous Research Methodology?

eg. We plan, & make our decisions based on affecting 7 generations….

Black Elk Speaks – in PDF format

Black Elk’s Vision

Book Description

Publication Date: August 1, 1988
The most famous Native American book ever written,Black Elk Speaks is the acclaimed story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during the momentous, twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk grew up in a time when white settlers were invading the Lakotas’ homeland, decimating buffalo herds and threatening to extinguish their way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee.Beautifully told through the celebrated poet and writer John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks offers much more than a life story. Black Elk’s profound and arresting religious visions of the unity of humanity and the world around him have transformed his account into a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as a collaborative autobiography, a history of a Native American nation, or an enduring spiritual testament for all humankind, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.This special edition features all three prefaces to Black Elk Speaks that John G. Neihardt wrote at different points in his life, a map of Black Elk’s world, a reset text with Lakota words reproduced using the latest orthographic standards, and color paintings by Lakota artist Standing Bear that have not been widely available for decades.
Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux



David SuzukiDavid Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.

Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. He held a research associateship in the Biology Division of Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Lab (1961 – 62), was an Assistant Professor in Genetics at the University of Alberta (1962 – 63), and since then has been a faculty member of the University of British Columbia. He is now Professor Emeritus at UBC…

  • Native Science by Gregory Cajete

    Book Description

    ISBN-10: 1574160419 | ISBN-13: 978-1574160413 | Publication Date: November 1999
    Cajete examines the multiple levels of meaning that inform Native astronomy, cosmology, psychology, agriculture, and the healing arts. Unlike the western scientific method, native thinking does not isolate an object or phenomenon in order to understand it, but perceives it in terms of relationship. An understanding of the relationships that bind together natural forces and all forms of life has been fundamental to the ability of indigenous peoples to live for millennia in spiritual and physical harmony with the land. It is clear that the first peoples offer perspectives that can help us work toward solutions at this time of global environmental crisis.

EDEL 335 Social Networking


Shannon M Houle


Shannon M Houle ~ Looking at Life with Different Glasses

Soil Ingestion Project:

I was part of a Biological, Environmental, & Scientific Research Project from the University of Ottawa in partnership with Tribal Chiefs Ventures, Inc…here is my story on the experience.  I hope you can use this as a resource in the classroom:

Shannon M Houle ~ Looking at Life with Different Glasses.


Learning from Ancient Wisdom

We are excited to introduce Violet March from the Cold Lake First Nations. Violet has kindly given us an amazing opportunity to record her speaking in Dene Sųłiné, her native language which is becoming increasingly rare amongst her people.

Aboriginal people have been deeply connected to the land for centuries. That connection remains strong today. There is a lot of knowledge in Aboriginal communities and we highly value that knowledge. For example, a fundamental belief that has been shared by Aboriginal leaders is that we must consider the impact of any decision on children generations away. This teaching highlights both the desire to have a positive influence on our children’s children’s children, and the uncertainties involved in knowing exactly how our choices today will affect people long after we are gone. This has led us to questions like, “What would the ancestors say to today’s youth?” and “How can we incorporate traditional knowledge into our daily business practices?” We hope exploring these ideas will lead us to a better understanding of balanced, responsible business practice. But we’re not qualified to answer them definitively. Instead we seek input from Aboriginal community members, in hopes of becoming a better oil company in the process. With that in mind, we invite your comments.

In this video, Violet talks about how we can pursue working together in harmony. We’d like to know what you think about the video. Please let us know…


Women’s Ceremony is about balance and originated from the Traditional Matriarchal Way of Life

Women’s Ceremony is about balance and originated from the Traditional Matriarchal Way of Life.


University of Saskatchewan Archives


nehiyawak (Plains Cree) Leadership on the Plains

Author:  Liam Haggarty

The nêhiyawak (Plains Cree) have produced some of the most famous and revered aboriginal leaders in Canadian history, including mistahi-maskwa, pîhtokahânapiwiyin, and payipwât.  These men shaped not only the history …


I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View

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Producers research an animated children’s special on becoming President of the United States.

22 Mins Documentary Comedy

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in General, Teacher Resource


Annual International Indigenous Leadership Gathering

International Indigenous Leadership Gathering

The Gathering 


The St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council will once again oversee the 3rd Annual International Indigenous Leadership Gathering in Xaxl’ip, St’át’imc Territory, May 30thto June 5th, 2011 (at 10,001 Fountain Valley Rd, Fountain, B.C., 30 minutes from Lillooet. B.C.,Canada). The theme is “Protecting the Sacred”. The gathering is free & takes place in an outdoor arbor. All are welcome across the globe, meals are provided. People camp & gather to share messages, witness & partake in scheduled discussions & ceremonies by various Indigenous speakers from around the world & locally. Please bring your own tent & camping gear, plates & cutlery (Cooking gear if possible). *Please Respect, Reduce, Re-use & Recycle.

Unfortunately, some Worldwide Indigenous Peoples are facing rapid cultural-loss due to the aggressive assimilation policies still underway. At the same time, the remaining elders are quickly passing on. Continent to continent, the teachings that have guided countless generations, rooting the children and connecting the youth and next generations, are at risk. Recognizing the crossroads, the elders across many Indigenous cultures have warned that we must act now to safeguard the teachings. Governments call these teachings ‘traditional knowledge’; however, it is Sacred Knowledge, of Sacred Life Relationships, connecting us all in the Circle of Life.

Throughout the 1st and 2nd IILG we have heard shared-teachings from the Hopi, Lakota, Maya & other Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island & throughout the world who say that the time for reconnection is now. Time is short for restoring the balance. The children need us to move with truth, love, spirit and discipline. We have been instructed to come together for real reflection. Unlike other meetings, this gathering will take place at a sacred site (near Swena7em), in the heart of an Indigenous Nation’s ancestral territory.

The Gathering has brought together elders, ceremony keepers, & mandated leaders from the 4 directions including: Asia, Africa, theAmerica’s (including the Arctic),Australia, & the South Pacific to discuss issues of common concern, based on territory, as well as visions for honouring the shared responsibilities. The 4 critical issues to be addressed include:

1) Sacred Knowledge- Embracing the guidance of our ancestors and elders, to live in balance.

2) Sacred Lands- Respecting the rhythms and warnings of Mother Earth to choose wisely.

3) Sacred Children- Nurturing the young ones, both near and far.

4) Sacred Generations- providing for future generations, the grandchildren and for all humanity.

Addressing such topics in their proper cultural context will provide a breakthrough for Indigenous Peoples internationally. It offers protection for the children and grounding for the youth, at a time when meaningful initiatives for tackling the root causes of culture loss are scarce. There will be relevant guidance from recognized spiritual authorities instead of further outside ‘expert’ prescriptions. Indigenous Peoples themselves will address the pressing global issues at which their Peoples now find themselves the centre of – for example, climate change.

The Sacred Fires have been lit. In August 2008 tobacco was delivered to Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Lakota), 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, to formalize his invitation. Many other indigenous elders spoke at the 1st & 2nd IILG. Returning speakers include Chief Arvol looking Horse, Paula Mullen-horne, Rene Franco Salas of Peru, Jose Isabel Gonzalez De la Cruz & David Esponda of Mexico, Geshe YongDong of Tibet, Tom Crane Bear, Dave Courchene, Dr. Lee Brown, and Phil Lane Jr. This year we have invited the 13 Grandmother’s, Margaret Liensman of Yellowknife, Mona Pollaca, Maurice Littlewolf and various St’át’imc elders, leaders and First nation’s role models. The St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council raises our hands to you in gratitude for your continued support for this unique gathering based on vision. We would also like to take this time to officially invite you to our gathering (that is open to all people, world-wide). Please note that if you provide a financial donation, the St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council will also provide you or your organization with a charitable society address number for Canadian taxation purposes.
Please make a cheque or money order to: the Ucwalmicw Centre Society,P.O. Box 152,10 Paul Street, Lillooet, B.C. V0K 1V0,Canada.
Telephone 1(250) 256 – 0101, Fax 1 (250) 256 – 0247.

Beyond Facts & Flashcards

An excellent recommendation from Sylvia.
Anything approved by Marilyn Burns is usually excellent:

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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in EDEL 415, Teacher Resource


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