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Teacher Guide for Sugar Falls

Learning About the History and Legacy of Residential Schools in Grades 9–12

By Christine M'Lot
Categories: Education, Arts & Humanities, Multicultural Education, Secondary
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Softcover, coil bound : 9781774920107, 92 pages, August 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9781774920091, 90 pages, September 2021
Ebook (PDF) - Unavailable

Table of contents

CONTENTS

USING THIS GUIDE

  • What Is Trauma-Informed Practice?
  • Teaching Difficult Topics From a Trauma-Informed Stance
  • The History and Legacy of Residential Schools
  • Teaching Graphic Novels
  • Inviting an Elder Into Your Learning Space

PART 1: BEFORE READING SUGAR FALLS

Activities for the Classroom

  • What Is Wellness From an Indigenous Perspective?
  • Learn the History
  • Analyze Children’s Art
  • Research Ethics and Experiments on Children in Residential Schools

Whole-School Activities

  • Learn About Indigenous Culture and History

PART 2: WHILE READING SUGAR FALLS

Engaging With the Text

  • Read and Respond to the Foreword
  • Read and Respond to the Flashback
  • Read and Respond to the Final Section of the Book
  • Read and Respond to the Afterword

Beyond the Text: Suggestions for Further Research

  • Learn About Other Indigenous People’s Stories

PART 3: AFTER READING SUGAR FALLS

Engaging With the Text

  • Respond to Sugar Falls With an Essay

Beyond the Text: Suggestions for Further Research

  • Education for Change
  • Learn About Creating Change Through Art
  • Learn About Indigenous Cultures and Languages
  • Culminating Project: Advocate for Change

PART 4: RESOURCES

  • Resources for Students
  • Resources for Teachers

Discuss the history and legacy of residential schools with your students using Sugar Falls and this accompanying teacher guide.

Description

Sugar Falls is a story of strength, family, and culture that shares the awe-inspiring resilience of Elder Betty Ross. Taken away to a residential school, Betsy is forced to endure abuse and indignity, but her father’s words give her the strength and determination to survive.

Written by Anishinaabe educator Christine M'Lot, the Teacher Guide for Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story offers a diverse menu of activities that support teachers in

  • planning lessons throughout the reading process, including before, during, and after reading Sugar Falls
  • creating dynamic learning experiences for their students while maintaining a respectful and dignified approach to Indigenous topics
  • enhancing students’ prior knowledge about the topics addressed in the book
  • using trauma-informed practices to prepare students for sensitive topics
  • identifying cross-curricular connections and opportunities to collaborate with teachers in other subject areas
  • infusing Indigenous pedagogical practices, such as working with others, seeking holism in understanding, and learning through storytelling
  • engaging students’ understanding and encouraging them to embrace differing worldviews
  • facilitating activities for individual students, small groups, whole-class instruction and discussion, or even the whole school

Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story includes sensitive topics (e. g., abuse, trauma); therefore, it is most appropriate for grades 9–12. . The activities in this guide are suitable for courses such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Global or Contemporary Issues, as well as Current Topics in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies. They could be adapted for use at the university or college level.