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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: First Nations Contributions
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Grade 7 - Teacher Information & Introductory Activity

Teacher Information

Students should be familiar with the concept of culture and its various aspects. Feel free to review these as a class before you begin this project. In this project, students will be exposed to a number of prominent past and present-day Aboriginal individuals. Students are to conduct research to find out how these people were influenced by the beliefs and values of their family, community and schools to achieve their accomplishments. Have students choose one individual from the past and one from the present to research. The results of their research will be displayed on a comparison poster that should resemble a Venn Diagram (go over a Venn Diagram with the students). Upon completion have the students present their poster/diagram to the class, and highlight the similarities and differences that exist between the two people. Encourage students to extend their thinking by searching for the reasons behind the similarities and differences. Students will create posters that communicate the following information for each person

  • Gender/family/beliefs/ancestry/culture
  • Other important biographical information about the person
  • Major influences
  • Profession/area that this person contributed to
  • Pictures or sketches of that person
  • Any other artwork or symbols that are appropriate to that individual.

Introductory Activity

Use the biographies section as a springboard for a brainstorming session. Go over the list with students, and then take their suggestions regarding other possible prominent individuals of Aboriginal descent. Be sure to have students identify the profession that these people are involved in. Try to generate as much discussion as possible so students can make informed choices when it comes time to select their two people.

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