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Indigenous People’s Reader

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Building from the Kaleidoscope Grant

The Indigenous Peoples' Reader project is the next step in the evolution of the materials I created as part of Project Kaleidoscope, where I worked with a team to develop open reading curriculum. For my part, I developed a common reader using "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and aligned the reading curriculum using that text. Below is a screen capture from the reader, which was developed in SoftChalk, and hosted in Sakai:


I used this material during the Fall '11 semester, and am currently using it again to teach a reading course at College of the Redwoods in Eureka California.  As with the "Hound" reader, I adjusted the material to an appropriate reading level, in this case between 6th and 8th grade, and then took existing lessons and substituted text and examples from the story as a basis for the classroom activities.

When surveyed, the students report enjoying the story as well as the opportunities for group participation and collaborative learning. I am excited about using this new reader next fall, in part because I think enough students are talking about this story and the mystery won't be as effective as a motivator for reading when too many students know "who done it!"

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Comment by Jacqui Cain on February 10, 2012 at 12:05pm

Below is a screen capture of the work in progress. I am using SoftChalk to develop the reader. SoftChalk creates content that is ADA compliant, and allows me to annotate the text with images and additional information. Any text that is in a darker/bolder font, when live, is a roll-over that provides a pop-up.

This story is part of a chapter that uses traditional stories from the original peoples' of the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

Comment by Jacqui Cain on January 26, 2012 at 3:12pm

There was some scheduling issues with my subject experts, and they weren't ready for new curriculum this Spring, so my first update for the project is to announce a change in the timeline.

I am working on the Reader now, and Vinnie Peloso (co-faculty on the project) is helping me edit the material and work on assessments. The new goal is to have the Reader designed by Spring Break, and then have all the curriculum materials ready by May so that they can be reviewed by members of the Hoopa tribe, revised, and be ready for use for the Fall 2012 semester.

I am using materials from the indigenous peoples of: Australia, Tibet, the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, several countries on the African continent, India, China, Korea, Russia, and at least four different tribes on the North American Continent (Canada and the USA). I want to include stories from South America, but unfortunately, so far I have not been able to find any appropriate material that is in public domain. The South American countries have been very diligent in publishing and copyrighting these texts.


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