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Cree: Language of the Plains
Format: Paperback
  • Cree, Language of the Plains explores some of the intricate grammatical features of a language spoken by a nation which extends from Quebec to Alberta. Although there are five dialects within these geographic boundaries, only the "y" (or Plains") dialect is presented here. The distinction has been made between, on one hand, learning about a language, or building language awareness, and, on the other hand, acquisition of a language or building fluency in it. This book contains an appropriate balance of both language learning and language acquisition activities. Includes tables showing verb conjugation, placement of person indicators, preverbs, connectives, and endings (singular and plural). There is also a reference grammar and verb list. Standard Roman Orthography is used.

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Cree: Language of the Plains (Workbook)
Format: Paperback
  • This workbook has exercises which provide practice with the concepts described in the Cree: Language of the Plains textbook, as well as dialogues about everyday situations which provide practice with conversational Cree.

$29.95

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Cree: Words (2 Volume Set)
Author: Arok Wolvengrey
Format: Paperback
  • This two-volume Cree dictionary documents the Cree language. It provides both a guide to its spoken form for non-speakers and a guide to its written forms (both SRO and Syllabics) for speakers and non-speakers alike. The goal has thus been to collect the vocabulary of Cree as it is spoken by fluent speakers in much of western Canada, whether elders or young people. The words recorded herein have been gathered from diverse sources, including elicitation, recorded conversations and narrative, and publications of many kinds.

$69.95

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Echoes of Our Dakota Ancestors
Traditional Territory: Dakota
Format: Paperback
  • Enjoy imakhmakhap woyakapi (enjoyments that are told) in Dakota. Each chapter in this charmingly illustrated booklet focuses on a month of the year, with stories, poems and songs in the Dakota language. Doris Pratt, a long time language teacher and material developer, shares this Dakota collection to help students learn and practice the language.

    Educator Information
    This book is written in the Dakota language. It is useful as a total Dakota language program or can be used to supplement any Dakota language course. It is suitable for adult language courses. Included in the appendices are explanations of the Dakota language and a prayer by Hector Bunn.

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Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
Format: Paperback
  • Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

    This guide features:

    • Twenty-two succinct style principles.
    • Advice on culturally appropriate publishing practices, including how to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, when and how to seek the advice of Elders, and how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Traditional Knowledge.
    • Terminology to use and to avoid.
    • Advice on specific editing issues, such as biased language, capitalization, and quoting from historical sources and archives.
    • Case studies of projects that illustrate best practices.

    Reviews
    "Style is fraught with politics, especially when writing about Indigenous Peoples. Now, writers, academics, journalists, publishers, and students can breathe a sigh of relief. Reach for this essential Indigenous style guide, not only when searching for the right word, but when seeking guidance on the importance of relationships and trust." - Duncan McCue, CBC Radio Host and author of The Shoe Boy

    "Elements of Indigenous Style is a beautiful beginning, a gathering place and a cultivator of both discussion and growth. Younging’s work clears the ground, drafts the blueprints and starts the framing out on the house that we need for our stories. At the same time, Younging manages to write both solid and grounded guidelines while leaving malleability in the architecture so that the ideas can grow and evolve. And we are all invited to share, discuss, add to, and cultivate this important work." - Cherie Dimaline, author and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award

    Educator Information
    This book would be useful for the following courses and/or areas of studies: Indigenous Studies, Canadian Literature, Language Arts, English, Media Studies, Education, Journalism, Editing and Proofreading, Social Science/Ethnic Studies, and Composition and Creative Writing.

    Additional Information
    168 pages | 5.50" x 7.50"

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Frybread Cree: Syllabics
Author: Ferguson Plain
Format: Paperback
  • Dakota’s friends had never seen frybread before. Dakota explains how it is made.

    Frybread, scone, bannock or gullet, there are as many ways to call it as there is to make it.

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Funny Little Stories / wawiyatacimowinisa
Author: Arok Wolvengrey
Format: Paperback
  • This is the first in a series of readers in the First Nations languages of the prairie provinces meant for language learners and language users. The stories in this volume come from a variety of sources, all being narrated or written by fluent speakers of Cree, whether students or instructors of the Cree language or Elders, and representing a wide array of dialect differences including examples of Plains, Woods and Swampy Cree.

$12.95

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Harry Robinson: Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory
Author: Harry Robinson
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
  • Following on two previous collections— Write It on Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller (1989) and Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller (2004)—Living by Stories is the third volume of oral narratives by Okanagan storyteller Harry Robinson. This third collection documents how the arrival of whites forever altered the Salish cultural landscape.

    Living by Stories includes a number of classic stories set in the “mythological age” about the trickster/transformer, Coyote, and his efforts to rid the world of bad people— spatla or “monsters,” but this new volume is more important for its presentation of historical narratives set in the more recent past. As with the mythological accounts, there is much chaos and conflict in these stories, mainly due to the arrival of new quasi-monsters—“SHAmas” (Whites)—who dispossess “Indians” of their lands and rights, impose new political and legal systems, and erect roads, rail lines, mines, farms, ranches and towns on the landscape.

    With permission from Harry Robinson, Wendy Wickwire began recording Robinson's oral stories in 1977. Robinson took his role as a storyteller very seriously and worried about the survival of the oral tradition and his stories. “I’m going to disappear”, he told one reporter, “and there’ll be no more telling stories.”

    Review
    Whenever I need to be reminded that language is magic and that stories can change the world, I go to Robinson.
    - Thomas King

    Additional Information
    288 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

    Stories from Harry Robinson
    Edited and compiled by Wendy Wickwire

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It's All About Thinking: Collaborating to Support All Learners in the Humanities
Format: Paperback
  • Collaborating to Support All Learners in English, Social Studies, and Humanities


    Grade: for grades 5–12


    How can we help students develop the thinking skills they need to be successful learners? How does this relate to deep learning of important concepts? How can we engage and support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms where they develop understanding and thinking skills? In this book, Faye and Leyton explore these questions and offer classroom examples to help busy teachers develop communities where all students learn.

    This book is written by two experienced educators who offer a welcoming and “can do” approach to the big ideas in education today. In this book, you will find:

    -insightful ways to teach diverse learners, e.g., literature and information circles, open-ended strategies, cooperative learning, inquiry
    -curriculum design frameworks, e.g., universal design for learning (UDL) and backward design
    -assessment for, of, and as learning
    -lessons to help students develop deep learning and thinking skills in English, Social Studies, and Humanities
    -excellent examples of theory and practice made accessible
    -real school examples of collaboration — teachers working together to create better learning opportunities for their students

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Literacy Out Loud: Creating Vibrant Classrooms Where 'Talk' Is the Springboard for All Learning
Format: Paperback
  • Committed to embracing the power of oral language, Literacy Out Loud recognizes the important role "talk" plays in developing the reading and writing abilities that students need in school and beyond. The book offers strategies where oral language takes centre stage and is fostered through engaging activities. Literacy activities and events focus on all aspects of listening and speaking, and emphasize enjoyable, purposeful, social learning. The book argues that listening and speaking, or "talk," is at the heart of a vibrant classroom. It shows teachers how to nurture dynamic classroom talk that is essential in its own right, and makes all learning possible.

    How can teachers best create a lively social network of literacy learning where talk is the foundation? How can classroom talk be encouraged and guided so that students become fluent and effective oral communicators? This book proposes everyday activities that will answer these questions, and many more.

    Educator Information
    The book offers strategies where oral language takes center stage and is fostered through engaging activities in K–8 classrooms. Literacy activities and events focus on all aspects of listening and speaking and emphasize enjoyable, purposeful, social learning.

    Grade Range: K-8

    Additional Information
    128 pages | 8.40" x 10.80"

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Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller
Author: Harry Robinson
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
  • Many of the stories in Harry Robinson's second collection feature the shoo-MISH, or "nature helpers" that assist humans and sometimes provide them with special powers. Some tell of individuals who use these powers to heal themselves; others tell of Indian doctors who have been given the power to heal others. Still others tell of power encounters: a woman "comes alive" after death; a boy meets a singing squirrel; a voice from nowhere predicts the future.

    Award
    BC Book Prize Winner, 1993.

    Review
    Epic, mesmerizing tales by a great Okanagan storyteller that lift [one] eerily and movingly into a different world.
    - Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star

    Additional Information
    272 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

    2nd edition (First Edition published 1992)

    Stories from Harry Robinson
    Edited and compiled by Wendy Wickwire

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Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives
Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes a single word changes everything. In his groundbreaking book, Choice Words, Peter Johnston demonstrated how the things teachers say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for the literate lives of students. Now, in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. He explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students' intellectual development, but their development as human beings.

    Grounded in research, Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional and moral development. Make no mistake: words have the power to open minds – or close them.

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Spelling Through Phonics: 30th Anniversary Edition
Author: The McCrackens
Format: Coil Bound
  • The first edition of Spelling Through Phonics was published in 1982. Since then, over 300,000 copies have been sold.
    This 30th Anniversary Edition, is available in the same compact, easy-to-use format that teachers want. It contains:
    the McCrackens' original spelling instruction program
    an explanation of phonemic awareness and why children need to acquire it
    detailed instructions on how to teach spelling—easily, quickly, and efficiently
    methods to organize children’s spelling practice within the school day
    reproducible spelling checklists for grades 1–3
    This 30th Anniversary Edition is dedicated to the memory of The McCrackens' teaching, and honours their invaluable contributions to language arts across North America.

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Think Indian
Author: Basil Johnston
Format: Paperback
  • Think Indian is a collection of essays and presentations that Mr. Johnston has delivered to numerous educational conferences and gatherings across Canada and the United States. Topics covered, while all relating to the critical need to protect and encourage our language, include how we are: “One Generation Away From Extinction,” “Cowboys and Indians” to “You can’t tell stories in the summertime” and the title essay “Think Indian.”

    “Think Indian” bumper stickers pleaded and advocated in the 60’s, “Think Indian.”

    And while the plea may have been intended for general consideration, it represented in many instances a personal appeal for the exercise of a greater degree or intensity of Indianness, particularly by those who were prevented, for a variety of reasons, from practicing real Indianness.

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