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Teacher Guide for the Sk'ad'a Stories

Intergenerational Learning and Storytelling in the Classroom

By Katya Adamov Ferguson & Sara Florence Davidson
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Categories: Education, Arts & Humanities, Multicultural Education, Professional Development
Paperback : 9781774920473, 48 pages, March 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799900, 48 pages, March 2022

Table of contents

Table of Contents


About the Sḵ’ad’a Stories Series

About This Guide

Part 1: Teacher Preparation: Understanding Cultural Contexts and the Emergence of Sḵ’ad’a

Haida Culture and Knowledges

  • Haida Gwaii
  • Silencing the Haida
  • Thriving Haida Communities

Understanding Sḵ’ad’a

  • Conversation With Sara
  • Branch of Davidson Family Tree

Becoming “Story-Ready”

  • Holistic Engagement with Stories

Part 2: Teacher Learning: Sḵ’ad’a for Educators

Significance of Series

Intergenerational Stories

Sḵ’ad’a for Educators and Professional Learning Communities

Sḵ’ad’a Principles

Part 3: Teacher Practice: Ideas for Engaging With the Sḵ’ad’a Stories

Sḵ’ad’a Principles in Practice

Themes and Connections

Engaging Sḵ’ad’a Stories With Students

  • Interactive Read-Alouds
  • Making Meaning From Stories
  • Mentor Texts
  • Critical Literacy
  • Artifactual Literacies

Sampling of Sḵ’ad’a Activity Ideas

Book-Specific Supports—Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii

Book-Specific Supports—Learning to Carve Argillite

Book-Specific Supports—Returning to the Yakoun River

Book-Specific Supports—Dancing With Our Ancestors



Bring Indigenous pedagogies into your classroom with the books in the Sḵ'ad'a Stories and this accompanying teacher guide.


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 the Sḵ'ad'a principles found in the stories
  • shows how to use the Sḵ'ad'a principles in your classroom
  • provides the behind-the-scenes thinking of the authors and illustrator
  • explains the significance of this series as part of Haida cultural resurgence and preservation
  • provides critical perspectives on the impact of colonialism on Haida knowledges
  • includes resources and inspirations for educators

This teacher guide is appropriate for all grade levels.