Teacher Guides to Help Lead Classroom Discussions

Did you know several of our titles have accompanying teacher guides? You can use these guides to ensure heavier topics are hitting the right mark with your students or simply to help plan your lessons. Some even include curriculum correlation charts! If you’re a little nervous about 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, most guides are free to download in a printable format (pdf).

Read about some of our newest guides below!

I Will See You Again Reader’s Guide 

By Allison Crawford with Lisa Boivin
For all teachers

In I Will See You Again, the author learns of the death of her brother overseas and embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. Lisa Boivin’s story touches on universal themes and experiences related to death, grief, family, and healing from loss. 

The I Will See You Again Reader’s Guide provides support to parents, educators, and communities for sharing and discussing these ideas. Written to support discussions about Dene culture as explored through the author’s art, the guide also introduces a practice that can bring rest and healing: telling and sharing difficult experiences through art.

These subjects are meant to spark reflection and conversations among readers. 

Download the I Will See You Again Reader’s Guide on our website now.

This Place Teacher guide

This Place: 150 Years Retold Teacher Guide 

by Christine M’Lot
for grades 9–12

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. 

This graphic novel deals with sensitive topics such as racism, suicide, violence and abuse, the child welfare system, and even cannibalism. This guide aims to help students understand complexities and embrace worldviews that may be different from their own.

Pre-order the guide on our website now. 

Siha Tooskin Knows Education Guide

Siha Tooskin Knows Education Guide 

by Charlene Bearhead
for grades 3–6

The Siha Tooskin Knows Education Guide supports learning about and discussing the teachings, practices, and values of Paul Wahasaypa’s Nakota family. The guide helps readers explore learning through storied experience, visual representations of teachings, values, and relationships.

Both the Siha Tooskin Knows series and the education guide aim to support readers in exploring the cultures of Siha Tooskin and relating his experiences, values, and practices to those of their own families and communities.

Pre-order the guide on our website now. 

Surviving the City Teacher Guide

by Christine M’Lot

for grades 9–12

Tasha Spillet-Sumner’s graphic novel, Surviving the City (Surviving the City, Vol. 1), tells a story of kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence, and the anguish of a missing loved one. 

The Surviving the City Teacher Guide provides support for addressing sensitive topics in the classroom (such as racism, caregiver illness, the child welfare system, residential schools, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People) when reading the first volume in the Surviving the City series. 

In this teacher guide:

  • Students will be learning about, exploring, researching, and presenting on essential themes that arise in the graphic novel.
  • The lesson plans are formatted using the Activate, Acquire, Apply, and Assess (AAAA) format for ease-of-use.
  • Activities throughout the lessons infuse Indigenous pedagogical practice.

This teacher guide is best suited for use in grades 9–12 classrooms such as Grades 9–12 English, Grade 12 Global Issues, and Grade 12 Current Topics in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies.

Purchase the guide on our website today.

Teacher Guide for K.C. Adams’s Perception: A Photo Series 

by Reuben Boulette

Grade: for grade 9–12

K.C. Adams’s acclaimed photo series, Perception, came out in book form early last year. The project first gained attention when Adams’s photographs appeared on bus shelters and billboards and projected on buildings in downtown Winnipeg. Each of Adams’s photos is a portrait of an Indigenous person that trades harmful stereotypes for statements of truth. The emotional expressions of her subjects, the stark black-and-white images, and the striking text invited onlookers to “look, then look again” at stereotypes about Indigenous people. Perception: A Photo Series collects a selection of Adams’s photographs into one book.

The Teacher Guide for K.C. Adams’s Perception: A Photo Series was written by Reuben Boulette for high school teachers. You can use the guide to empower teens to question harmful stereotypes about Indigenous people. As a bonus, each module has suggestions for assessing your students’ takeaways from Perception.

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 titles for teaching Indigenous histories and perspectives in our catalogue. Browse our full collection of teacher guides on our For Teachers page. We’re always developing new educational materialsdon’t forget to bookmark it to check back for new content! 

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