Critically Thinking About Texts and Resources 

Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action

Critically Thinking About Texts and Resources

Critically Thinking About Books and Resources

Use this as a resource to guide thinking and questions about selecting books and resources. This checklist was co-developed in partnership with Dr. Debbie Reese & SCCDSB as we reviewed sources alll linked on this webpage for thinking critically about text selections. 

Consider the following sources to think critically about texts, resources, sources and connections to learning: 



Considerations for Indigenous Text Selections.pdf
Proceed with Caution_ Using Native American Folktales in the Classroom.pdf

Critically Thinking About Books and Resources 

Wondering about book selection?

Wondering if a book has bias or stereotypes or if the portrayal in the text is accurate? 

Dr. Debbie Reese's blog supports educators in critically analyzing Indigenous Children's Books and Young Adult Books.  

Good Minds is a quality site to use for selecting bias-free teaching and educational resources. They have developed selection criteria for offering teachers and librarians the most current, educationally sound, and bias-free resources.   They have offered St. Clair the following presentation to support critically thinking about the texts used in classrooms.

1.GoodMinds First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Resources SCDSB Dec 2016 show.ppsx

Appreciation vs Appropriation

Appreciation vs. Appropriation
Appropriation vs Appreciation

Rosanna Deerchild on Appreciation vs Appropriation

This video can be watched with students who are critically thinking about appreciation vs appropriation.

Debbie Reese on 

Appreciation vs Appropriation

Proceed with Caution_ Using Native American Folktales in the Classroom.pdf
Debbie Reese.pdf

Resources for Planning

Texts & Resources Currently In Schools

Indigenous Texts in Schools

IBBY Canada's From Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books includes book recommendations and summaries as well as discussion questions and activities. 

Texts & Resources Available for Circulation 

contact Cortnee Goure to have these resources sent to your school

Residential Schools Literature Kits

Grade 4 - 6 Social Studies Strand A Planning 

Social Studies Learn at Home Lessons Grade 4, 5, 6 Strand A

Grade 7-8 History Strand B Planning 

History Learn at Home Lessons Grade 7 and 8 Strand B

Looking for additional digital Indigenous Education Resources? Check out the Digital Resources to Support Indigenous Education K-12 by FNMIEAO. These new digital resources have been designed to provide teachers with accurate content along with curriculum connections to support the learning of Indigenous peoples, and truths both past and present. Resource subscription from the FNMIAEO.COM  . Please contact Cortnee Goure for the SCCDSB username and password or see the lates CLS Newsletter.

Contact Cortnee Goure for the SCCDSB username and password

Sketch Notes: Visual Note-taking

Sketch Notes

The strategy of taking sketch notes while listening is great for building connections and developing ideas! Use these slides as visuals and an anchor chart to support students in the process of visual note-taking.