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Take Action for Reconciliation LogoEngage students in inquiry about Indigenous cultures, worldviews, and history as we work towards reconciliation in Canada.

Grades 3–8

Community Ties Resource and Teacher

Four student books focus on Indigenous communities across Canada, the need for reconciliation, and the actions people are taking to make a difference. Through these examples, students will realize that they too can have an impact and work towards reconciliation.

We asked Indigenous educators across the country for advice and then brought together a team of ten highly-qualified and knowledgeable advisors to develop the resource. The team took the lead planning the content of a grades 3–6 resource with a focus on community, land, well-being, and reconciliation. They contributed articles, photographs, ideas, expertise, wisdom, and perspectives and oversaw every aspect of the resource.

Community Ties Student Resource PagesStudent Resource

Take Action for Reconciliation inquiry-based student books focus on Indigenouscultures, languages, and worldviews and include:
  • Indigenous voices and perspectives throughout
  • Contemporary stories and historical truths
  • Examples of actions people have taken to promote reconciliation
  • Quotes by Indigenous leaders and Elders highlighting ideas and/or issues
  • Think About It! section to prompt further inquiry and help students connect to their own lives
  • Learn About It! section offering additional facts and information or questions for students to research
  • Final Project: a call to take action, share your learning, taking a step in reconciliation

The magazine-style format books are highly visual, and feature:
  • engaging texts with a grade appropriate range of reading levels
  • a variety of text forms such as infographics, articles, profiles, comics, interviews, and descriptions
  • non-fiction features such as photos, captions, maps and labels
Community Ties TeacherTeacher's Resource

The 80-page teacher's guide for each grade includes:
  • Getting Started section with:
    • Background information on preparing to teach the unit
    • Questions to ask yourself about the topic, social/political contexts, cultural perspectives, and your students
    • Ways to introduce the unit and the inquiry question (e.g., what makes communities strong?)
    • Assessment ideas and learning outcomes
  • Lesson Plans for each selection in the student book with:
    • Background information about the selection, e.g., the history, perspectives, and culture
    • prompts for connecting to the final project at various points in the unit
    • a list of recommended multi-media resources (videos, websites, books)
    • a summary of the selection, indication of level of reading difficulty, and vocabulary
    • questions for before reading to prompt students to build or reflect on background knowledge
    • questions to deconstruct the text on the page and reconstruct meaning
    • cross-curricular suggestions to extend conceptual learning and understanding
    • questions for further inquiry and going deeper into the topic or selection
  • Pronunciation Guide at the back of the guide
  • Additional Teaching Supports will also be available on the Take Action for Reconciliation website, including assessment and links to recommended resources (websites, maps, books, videos)
Title and topic of each pack

Community Ties
What makes communities strong? Exploring First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Cultures

We Are the Land (Available spring 2018)
How are people connected to the land? Exploring Indigenous Peoples' Relationships With the Land

Path to Wellness (Available summer 2018)
How is culture connected to wellness? Learning About Well-being From Indigenous Peoples

Time for a Change (Available fall 2018)
How do we work towards reconciliation? Learning the Truth About Canada's History

Community Ties Student Book Cover

Click here to see the Take Action for Reconciliation Advisory Team


Click here to see the Community Ties writers
 IMAGE  ISBN  TITLE  GRADE  PRICE  QTY 
Tooltip9781443045094Community Ties 16-pack3$385.00Add to Cart
Tooltip9781443050036Community Ties 26-pack3$550.00Add to Cart
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