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Teacher Guides to Help Lead Classroom Discussions

Teacher Guides to Help Lead Classroom Discussions

By Press Staff | Date: April 10, 2024

Did you know several of our titles have accompanying teacher guides? You can use these guides to bring Indigenous informed pedagogy into your classroom, ensure heavier topics are hitting the right mark with your students, and help plan your lessons. Some even include curriculum correlation charts! If you’re discussing Indigenous issues in your classroom, these resources are worth checking out.

Each one of our teacher guides makes an excellent companion to its respective book. Best of all, some guides are free to download in a printable format (PDF).

Read about some of our newest guides below!

For Younger Readers

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Teacher Guide for The Kodiaks: Home Ice Advantage
by Jerica Fraser
for grades 4–6

A free guide for educators grade 4 to 6 with lesson plans and discussion questions to support students reading The Kodiaks: Home Ice Advantage.

Use this guide in the classroom to explore themes of self-esteem, mental health, health and identity; the ongoing impacts of colonialism, particularly in sport; discrimination and racism; and building better communities through education.

Find it here.

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Teacher Guide for We Need Everyone
by Jerica Fraser
for grades 1–3

Empower students to identify their gifts with this guide alongside the inspiring picture book We Need Everyone.

With the Teacher Guide for We Need Everyone, educators of grades 1 to 3 can provide multiple opportunities for students to learn about the diversity within and across Indigenous communities, histories, knowledges, and perspectives, while exploring their own unique histories, beliefs, identities, cultures, and gifts. 

Find the FREE guide here.

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Teacher Guide for Heart Berry Bling
by Jerica Fraser
for grades 1–8

Written by Rotinonhsón:ni (Kanien’kehá:ka) educator Jerica Fraser and reviewed by author Jenny Kay Dupuis, the Teacher Guide for Heart Berry Bling offers support for exploring themes of social justice, cultural continuity, and resilience through art in Heart Berry Bling.

Practise cultural appreciation, provide context when introducing Indigenous stories, and engage learners using the suggested activities, questions, and ideas for inquiry in this teacher guide. Activities are most appropriate for grades 1 to 8 and can be used in a range of subject areas including English language arts, visual art, social studies, and history.

Find it here.

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Teacher Guide for Sk’ad’a Stories
by Katya Adamov Ferguson and Sara Florence Davidson
for all teachers

From the creators of Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony, the Sḵ'ad'a Stories series brings intergenerational learning to life. Haida children learn important life lessons from their Elders through real-life situations, cultural traditions, and experiences out on the land.

Written by Sḵ'ad'a Stories author Sara Florence Davidson and educator Katya Adamov Ferguson, the Teacher Guide for the Sḵ'ad'a Stories helps teachers engage their students through the lens of intergenerational learning and authentic experiences. This guide outlines and shows how to use the Sḵ'ad'a principles in your classroom and explains the significance of this series as part of Haida cultural resurgence and preservation.

This teacher guide is appropriate for all grade levels. Find it here.

For Graphic Novels

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Teacher Guide for Three Feathers
by Jerica Fraser
for grades 7–12

For educators of grades 7 to 12, use this guide alongside Three Feathers to explore themes of restorative justice, healing, community care, and resilience with your students. This guide can be used in a range of subject areas including English language arts, visual art, social studies, and history.

Order the guide on our website today


Teacher Guide for A Girl Called Echo
by Reuben Boulette
for grades 6–8

The A Girl Called Echo series tells the story of Métis teenager Echo Desjardins, who is struggling to adjust to a new school and a new home. Readers follow Echo as she travels through time and experiences pivotal events from Métis history, gains new perspectives about where she came from, and imagines what the future might hold.

Written by Anishinaabe educator Reuben Boulette, the Teacher Guide for A Girl Called Echo will engage students’ understanding of Métis history and culture and encourage reflection on the importance of learning Indigenous histories.

Find it here.


This Place: 150 Years Retold Teacher Guide 
by Christine M’Lot
for grades 9–12
Updated to include a lesson for the CBC podcast

The groundbreaking graphic novel anthology, This Place: 150 Years Retold, explores the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, Canadian history, and time travel. 

This teacher guide is meant to be a no-prep resource for educators to use for stand-alone lessons or a complete unit plan. Many activities in this guide infuse Indigenous pedagogical practice, such as by having students work collaboratively or take on the role of expert and teacher. 

Order your copy of the guide now.

For Older Readers

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Teacher Guide for April Raintree and In Search of April Raintree
by Christine M’Lot with Dr. Karlee Fellner
for grades 9–12

In Search of April Raintree embodies author Beatrice Mosionier’s personal struggles for identity and finding a place in this world. First published in 1983, this Canadian classic presents a heart-rending and powerful account of the harsh realities that Indigenous and Métis peoples face in today’s society.

Written by Anishinaabe educator Christine M’Lot with psychologist Dr. Karlee Fellner, the guide supports teachers utilizing In Search of April Raintree and April Raintree, an adapted high school edition, in creating compelling learning experiences for their students, while maintaining a respectful and dignified approach to Indigenous topics.

Pre-order the guide here.

Order the Fortieth Anniversary Edition here.

While these books and their accompanying guides make great tools, this is only a shortlist of what is available to you. You can find many more guides for teaching Indigenous histories and perspectives in our catalogue. Browse our full collection of resources on our For Teachers page. We’re always developing new educational materials—don’t forget to bookmark it to check back for new content!


[updated April 11, 2024]