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Reading calendar and hashtagsFrom the blog - here is what you will be reading and whenPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.comG
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Make a connectionUse this document to make a connection with others if you don't feel like posting on FacebookPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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Official Educator's GuideThe official educator guide with ideas for discussion questions and activitiesPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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Teacher Resource GuideA 96 page guide to the book Pernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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David A. Robertson's Youtube pageHis own channelPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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Video launch of On the Trapline David's new picture book is a great way to get to him as a person before the read aloudPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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How do you teach heavy topicsVideo discussion with DavidPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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Indigenious speaker series 90 min talk given by DavidPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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Swampy Cree GlossaryGlossary for the Barren Grounds Cree vocabularyDavid A. Robertson
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Chapter 1 Read AloudVideo of David reading the chapter aloudPernille Ripp - p@globalreadaloud.com
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Pre-Reading Discussion Activity - The Barren GroundsA pre-reading discussion activity for the class where multiple classes can join, share their thoughts and respond to each other’s ideas. Resources and discussion questions are embedded, so simply create a copy of the prompt on Parlay, make any edits and invite your class(es).cynthia@parlayideas.com
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Weekly Discussion - The Barren GroundsA weekly discussion activity where multiple classes can join, share their thoughts and respond to each other’s ideas. Resources and discussion questions are embedded, so simply create a copy of the prompt on Parlay, make any edits and invite your class(es).cynthia@parlayideas.com
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Post-Reading Discussion Activity - The Barren GroundsA post-reading discussion activity where multiple classes can join and discuss essential questions. Resources and discussion questions are embedded, so simply create a copy of the prompt on Parlay, make any edits and invite your class(es).cynthia@parlayideas.com
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Whose Land https://www.whose.land/en/aboutWhose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The app can be used for learning about the territory your home or business is situated on, finding information for a land acknowledgement, and learning about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada.
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https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/foster-care-replaced-residential-schools-for-indigenous-children-advocates-say-1.54593744Foster care replaced residential schools for Indigenous children, advocates say (Canadian news article)
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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1g4gCrw2yo3hmN0KxaxzitvXD4djQHFNe2X51I5RHZxg/edit?usp=sharingQuotations from the book (by chapter) that are linked to central themes.
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https://youtu.be/Jk6xZD0UnHofisher story - Anishinaabe version Isaac Murdoch
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http://fisherstar-native-woodland-art.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-story-of-how-fisher-brought-summer.htmlStar poem and artwork by Zhaawano Giizhik
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https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2681855000/Wilfred Buck talks about how we are star people
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https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2021/06/25/david-a-robertson-my-grandmothers-sister-had-a-name-it-was-maggie.html?fbclid=IwAR2hyUE2uvpZc7SkwHKTPg7NGS1W7eLs_y03oSJbjLTfACvsQP835ue6l8EArticle on Residential schools by author
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https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2020/09/28/Launchpad-THE-BARREN-GROUNDS-by-David-A.-RobertsonLanchpad interview questions with author
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https://cynthialeitichsmith.com/2020/10/native-voice-david-a-robertson-on-worldbuilding-the-barren-grounds/Interview quesitons with author
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqVaQ0wi-3UTundra Books - Bookfomercial
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https://www.bookconnections.org/tb.cgi?tid=73219#ResourcesBookconnections - resources for lessons
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lA7nhJ94YMWhy advocates say foster care for Indigenous children is the new residential school (CBC News)
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https://regina.ctvnews.ca/mobile/sask-first-nation-transferred-control-over-children-in-care-under-federal-law-1.5498229?fbclid=IwAR0n1jGtknXhDUUfKpNrWe5VYOitfGjSaBrFHhQ7LEfrKdNadJ5Uf7q2nKINews article from Saskatchewan regarding "children in care" and a First Nations making a difference
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https://regina.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=2236616&fbclid=IwAR1N-ddhnfvgPDNkuzBcibMD2lSAB5dDXPqXSvcuHmR-XK4hiXa6t8dj6awInterview with chief regarding the new policy on child and family services on Sask First Nations
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https://www.cmreviews.ca/node/1657Detailed book review
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RZiMNJOyBbUabpgmw3yg3kG8ou_5vp51-eUbwOLknBg/edit?usp=sharingChapter Questions - work in progress - please add to the document
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zXlyXxiu3JlaTpm3Tg4_crA78dESZ0PBCFliaEhaUy4/edit?usp=sharingEssential Questions Sharing Document - please add to the document - "Big Idea" questions for novel, as well as any for the chapters
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNEnVCGqe_w&list=PLDUS_TWMHn82MOt6ij7MOLuyS8PgJ6b4-Royal Ontario Museum - Indigenous Voices Speaker Series
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www.native-land.caNative Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. Learn about the treaties, languages and peoples of the land. colquhounk@hdsb.ca
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How to Talk about Indigenous PeoplesA Canadian video about terminology and how to talk about Indigenous peoples. Bottom line - if you don't know you can ask. colquhounk@hdsb.ca
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FNMI Education Association of OntarioThe First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario is a subject association for educators teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies, and Native Languages in Ontario, Canada. We support and help all educators understand issues related to First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada as well as offer strategies for teaching this content to all learners.colquhounk@hdsb.ca
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Google Tour: Indigenous Language Tour A shared language is one of the most important connections among groups of people. Not only does it create a sense of kinship, but it promotes a shared worldview through unique vocabulary and traditional sayings and songs. Yet many of the world’s 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing; according to the United Nations 2,680 Indigenous languages are at risk.

Indigenous communities around the globe are working to preserve and revitalize their languages by teaching them to future generations and sharing them with non-Indigenous speakers. Here we’ve collaborated with Indigenous language speakers to share traditional greetings, favorite sayings and meaningful songs. Click on the button below or double-click any of the placemarks to listen and learn from these Indigenous voices.
colquhounk@hdsb.ca
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Barren Grounds Vocabulary ListList of terms (with page numbers) that students Grade 6-8 might be unfamiliar with (IN PROGRESS as of Aug 7)sleaper@smls.on.ca
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Sky Stories: Indigenous AstronomyIndigenous peoples have passed down, from generation to generation, stories about the sky that serve as moral, ethical, and practical guides.Publisher: Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Heritage Information Network
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CBC-kiwew Podcast by David RobertsonKīwew is a five-part podcast in which Governor General award-winning author David A. Robertson dives into his family's history and mysteries as he discovers and connects with his Cree identity.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoftsKbp0A4The Barren Grounds: An Afternoon with David A. RobertsonVancouver Writers' Fest
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Library Kit Discussion Prompts/ActivitiesA hybrid virtual book club/take-home kit made by a public library, with many thanks to the resources here.jenniferm@shortgrass.ca
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Discussion Questions for The Barren Groundspotential discussion questions to use: copy & paste into Padlet or Flipgrid or use during class discussionsLeah Obach - lobach@pwsd.ca
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Padlet for student introductions for classes reading The Barren GroundsPost a class introduction or individual student introductions to make connections with others reading The Barren Grounds. I will moderate between other jobs on Mondays-Thursdays--please be patient when awaiting approval on posts. Please encourage students to carefully read posts before adding to the board. Any private personal information or inappropriate posts will be removed. Leah Obach - lobach@pwsd.ca
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Fantastic Hyperdoc Beautiful Hyperdoc with lots of amazing ideasTiffany Heydon
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Q50TRqonq5mUiq3HO9M9EWsEaiHMK4WH5PU3xgx3lQY/edittwitter slow chat@mrsfedsclass
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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FWHKh1pfyOKYwJEz9IvQ5zVvM2tvr-S5P6tl6d4vt3k/edit?usp=sharingDigitial Discussion Questions
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Langley Schools Teachers Guide https://instructionalservices.sd35.bc.ca/pro-d-mentorship/the-barren-grounds-teacher-resource-guide/
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David A Robertson introducing his book https://youtu.be/D42riExbB1Y
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Discussion questionshttps://tundrabooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/The-Barren-Grounds_Educators-Guide.pdf
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Weekly Padlet Discussion Boards for students reading The Barren GroundsDiscussion prompts for each week are posted at the top of each Padlet board for students reading The Barren Grounds. The boards are set to be moderated so all posts need to be approved before they are visible to others. I will moderate between other jobs on my work days (usually Mondays-Thursdays). Please be patient when awaiting approval on posts. Please encourage students to carefully read posts and contribute thoughtfully before submitting to the board. Any private personal information or inappropriate posts will be removed. Leah Obach lobach@pwsd.ca
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Week 1 Padlet
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(after ch. 8): Week 2 Discussion Padlet
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(after ch.11) Week 3 Discussion Padlet
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(after ch 18) Week 4 Discussion Padlet
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Week 5 Discussion Padlet
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Week 6 Discussion Padlet
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Shared Google MapUse this map to pin digital postcards of your group, town, state/province, etc. You can also add informational resources about native peoples in your areas or other topics related to the book. mwilding@crprairie.org
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The Barren Grounds Breakout: LINK. Answer Key (if you're REALLY stuck): LINKThis is like an Escape Room - have the kids solve the puzzles and put the answers in the Form. When everything is correct they'll be able to submit...I have it set up to automatically send a certificate. There aren't any spoilers in this...can be done at any point.sari_mcdowell@wrdsb.ca
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https://www.teachingsmarter.ca/21-the-barren-groundsKahoots for the Barren Grounds
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