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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Indigenous Education Worldwide
 

Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: reading, writing

Timeline: open 

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to develop an extensive reading resource within the classroom; to promote literacy skills

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J. and V. Lewis
Literacy Bank

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  • Have students seek out sources for free/inexpensive reading materials (e.g., churches, secondhand stores, wholesale book outlets):

    draft letters to all potential sources; include information about the village, school, and program for which the books will be used

    design a resource center to contain the literature; make the books readily available to students at all times.

    Add a daily quiet time of 15 to20 minutes to encourage students to use their new resource.

  • Enroll each student in a book-of-the-month club:

    if financial resources am limited, acquire books quarterly instead of monthly

    students will exchange books and circulate them around the village. The books remain in a library open to the village

    students review books every issue

    publish a regular publication with a synopsis of each book. Circulate within the community.

Square bullet Resources

  • libraries, book stores
  • secondhand stores 
  • paperback book warehouses; Publisher's Clearinghouse
  • donation from publishers
  • university publications
  • state and federal government agency publications
  • funding: JOM, Indian Ed, School Foundation funds, state and federal library funds, matching grants (Reading is Fundamental, etc.)

Variations

  • Acquire publications other than books (e.g., magazines, leaflets, international materials):
  • enroll students in magazine clubs; model building clubs; craft/art clubs.

  • Enroll class in a book club.
  • Develop a community library.
  • Develop a study center.
  • Develop home libraries.

 

Artist in Residence Program

Community Mural Project

Elder Posters and Interviews

Literature from Life History and Village Lore

Bilingual Exercise

Illustrated History of Eskimo Games

Freeze-Up Essays

Literacy Bank

Elementary Reader

Grant and Proposal Writing

Student A/V Presentation

"Focus on Your Village," a short videotaped news program

Developmental Photography

Film and Video Scripting

Animation

Producing a Play

Ceramics-Chess Class

Block Print Sales

Weavers Guild

 

 

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Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
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Last modified August 17, 2006