Our most popular literacy curriculum has been updated with the most recent literacy research and includes more cultural support for teachers and practitioners. The 30 lesson plans have been reconstructed using the medicine wheel as a guide and organized by Ontario Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) levels.
When using the medicine wheel, it is important to begin in the east (basic skill lessons) and work clockwise around to the north (advanced skill levels). This allows learners to walk a path that advances both their literacy skills and their personal growth, because it may renew teachings they have already received or give them new teachings for life. It will offer the learner an opportunity to develop positive self-esteem, a sense of identity, respect for Aboriginal ways, and strong ties to family and community.
When teachers create an environment of respect, learners become teachers and role models. When teachers create an atmosphere characterized by the freedom to explore ideas, learners turn into leaders.
Suggested Reading Level Grade 7-9
About the Author
Mary R. Elliott assisted in the development of a secondary-level Native parenting curriculum while teaching at a community college. A teacher and educator, she has travelled across Canada and the United States facilitating numerous workshops in the areas of traditional Native parenting, women and youth wellness, and personal growth and wellness. Having participated in the sacred ceremonies of the Anishinabek, Mary now shares her knowledge as a teacher and mentor to youth.