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Part 1: Unit Introduction

Unit Overview

This unit plan is developed for a grade seven language arts class. This unit will be taught

five days a week for forty five minutes classes for three weeks. This unit would be best placed

once students have developed a reasonably strong relationship with one another and the teacher.

In this unit there is a lot of group and class discussion and there would need to be a relationship

for the students to really benefit. Also at a few points of this book the topics of stereotypes and

racial concerns are brought up, if students are not comfortable with each other this book could

make it harder yet.

Rationale for the Unit

In the Language Arts program of studies it is required to read book from different

cultures and ways of thinking. I believe that including a book with proper FNMI content that

touches on few uncomfortable topics will encourage students to find FNMI content valuable in

their learning whether students come from an FNMI background or not. This unit will allow a

teacher meet the new required TQS in their classroom. As far as the program of study it is

important to teach this unit because it teaches students view experience a text with variety of

cultural traditions, others points of views, acknowledge stereotypes, predict consequences, look

at conflicts and demonstrate respect. In this unit the book “the hill” is used. “the hill” includes a

Cree boy and a non Cree boy as the main characters in the book. Through this book readers are

able to notice teaching of the Cree culture but more importantly how these two boy despised one

another before becoming good friends because they did not understand one another to begin

with. This book is not wrote by a Cree person but she communicated with Cree Elders and it was

noted to be used in a respectable manner.

Special Considerations

Because this book is mainly focused on the Cree culture it would be required to introduce

students to other traditions and cultures in other units. The first learning objective 2.1.1 would be

addressed again. For some students a book study would not be an exciting unit, but with the book

I picked I believe that students will connect with the fast paced storyline presented. This book

focused a lot on stereotypes and racial tensions that are common for aboriginal people. Some

students will not be able to connect with the stereotypes presented but through class discussions

stereotypes that are related to the students can be brought up to deep understanding. The main

teaching that will benefit the students reading the book is that they may have differences with

others but this should not prevent an understanding from developing, but more importantly a

friendship. Students will not be required to know much about the Cree culture to enjoy the novel.

Unit Planning Organization

Essential question:
● By reading a novel with FNMI content and perspective, how can student gain an
understanding and appreciation of this culture whether or not they have been exposed to
the culture before?
● Can students broaden their awareness of other ways of knowing and thinking through
reading texts that will challenge their way current understanding?

GLOs & SLOs:

Responds to text 2.2
Experience various texts
● 2.2.1 experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and
genres, such as magazine articles, diaries, drama, poetry, Internet passages, fantasy,
nonfiction, advertisements and photographs
● 2.2.2 justify own point of view about oral, print and other media texts, using evidence
from texts
● 2.2.5 predict and discuss the consequences of events or characters' actions, based on
information in oral, print and other media texts
Construct meaning from texts
● 2.2.6 compare the choices and behaviours of characters portrayed in oral, print and other
media texts with those of self and others
● 2.2.8 identify and explain conflict, and discuss how it develops and may be resolved
● 2.2.9 develop, clarify and defend own interpretation, based on evidence from the text
with support from own experiences

Plan and Focus 3.1

Focus attention
● 3.1.1 consider audience, purpose, point of view and form when focusing topics for
● 3.1.2 use note-taking, outlining or representing to summarize important ideas and
information in oral, print and other media texts

Respect Others and Strengthen Community 5.1

Appreciate diversity
● 5.1.1 discuss how ideas, people, experiences and cultural traditions are portrayed in
various oral, print and other media texts
● 5.1.2 explain how differing perspectives and unique reactions expand understanding
Use language to show respect
● 5.1.5 demonstrate respect for diverse ideas, cultures and traditions portrayed in oral, print
and other media texts

Unit Overview & Lesson

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Lesson Plan
Grade/Subject: 7/ Language Arts Unit: FNMI Book Study “the hill” Lesson Duration: 45 mins


General Learning Outcomes: Responds to text 2.2

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Experience various texts
● 2.2.1 experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions
and genres, such as magazine articles, diaries, drama, poetry, Internet passages,
fantasy, nonfiction, advertisements and photographs.

Students will:
1. Be introduced to the book study unit with the novel “the hill”
2. Show their comfort and excitement level of reading a novel with the whole class
3. Assessed on their knowledge of FNMI culture and Cree traditions


Key Questions:
How do students feel about a novel study and reading in general?
How much do the students know about the Cree traditions?

Written/Performance Assessments:
By rating yourself with your hands 1 finger not know anything, 3 fingers somewhat knowing
and 5 fingers being an expert I want you to rate yourself on the following questions.
● How would your rate yourself on noticed negative stereotypes about those around you
or about yourself before?
● How would your rate yourself on your knowledge of FNMI ways of know and
● How would your rate yourself on your understanding of the Cree culture?
● (Thumbs up or down) Have you ever read the novel that included an FNMI


Resource #1:

Resource #2:
Resource #3:


* Hot chocolate mix, cups, spoons, whip cream and napkins

* “the hill” novel
* Chart paper and markers


Introduction (7 min.):

Attention Grabber: Students I want you to imagine that today is a snow day and that all of you
are at home and the power is out. We are all going to get hot chocolate to drink and I will
introduce you all to something I came across the other day.

Agenda: Today’s class we will all enjoy a cup of hot chocolate why we talk about our new

Transition to Body: Everyone will get five minutes prepare their hot chocolate and return back
to their seats for my exciting news.

Body (32 min.):

Learning Activity #1: While students are drinking their chocolate milk I will introduce to them
that we are going to do a class book study with novel “the hill”. If I was snowed in at my
house and I wanted to read a book that is filled with action and mystery I would read this book.
Read the back cover of the book to further introduce the book to the students.

Transition: I want to know more about all of you before we start this book study. Around the
room I have chart paper hanging with questions and topics listed on them. Everyone will need
to circulate through so that they can write on every chart paper. Feel free to write anything that
pertains to the question or topic on the chart paper. You can also comment on other comments
or write questions you have had.

Learning Activity #2: Markers will be placed in few places in the room to get the whole class
transitioned into the activity faster. As students participate in this activity I while also circulate
commenting on others comments posing questions to comments to keep the activity
● This will also allow me to understand the students as I interact with them.

I will allow students to do this for 10- 15 minutes depending on their engagement throughout
the activity. Once I there is a need to change I will number off the students to break them up
randomly into groups.
● Once everyone is broken up I will give each group a chart paper that we used in the last
activity to have each group become experts on what is wrote on their chart paper and
prepare to share it with the class.
○ 5 mins to review their chart paper.
● Each group will pick a spokesperson and share with the class their chart paper.

Transition: I will provide any insights that I have that the students will benefit from. I will
allow all students to return back to their regular seats.

Learning Activity #3:I will read the first two pages of the book to grab the attention of the
students. With the fast paced first two pages students will get a feel for the beginning of the
story to look forward for the next days reading.

Closure ( 6 min.):
I will show the students my enthusiasm for the book and ensure them that they will enjoy the
activity we will do while reading parts of the book each day.

Okay students before we finish with today’s lesson I want to see how each one of you rate
yourselves. You will rate yourselves for four question by using your hands put one 1 finger up
if know anything, 3 fingers somewhat know and 5 fingers being an expert.
● How would your rate yourself on noticed negative stereotypes about those around you
or about yourself before?
● How would your rate yourself on your knowledge of FNMI ways of know and
● How would your rate yourself on your understanding of the Cree culture?
● (Thumbs up or down) Have you ever read the novel that included an FNMI

Inform students that this book may have new information for all of us to learn together and
through the book we will gain more knowledge on the question just shared before.