Introducing the Ojibwe People

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We have spent a little over a week familiarising ourselves with the Ojibwe people.  As well as access to their computers, the children had a couple of Ojibwe factual books:

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In addition I spent an hour or so each day reading from these two books:

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The Birchbark house is a fiction book written by Loiuse Erdrich.  Erdrich writes from the experience of coming from Ojibwe heritage herself.  The second book Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country is autobiographical and relates Erdrich’s own experience travelling across Ojibwe country with her young baby.  It is beautifully written and whilst we have not yet finished it, the children have learnt much about the Ojibwe people whilst listening to me read it aloud.

The first thing we did was to use the map of last week to show where Ojibwe country lies (not very, very accurately, but they got an idea of where they lived):

T painting in the area where the Ojibwe Indians live
T painting in the area where the Ojibwe Indians live

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Throughout the week, they chose various topics to write about.  The idea was to collate these writings and create an Ojibwe newsletter, magazine or newspaper.  It was felt by the end of the week that we probably had enough work to fill a newspaper, so the children set about using the butcher paper we had bought for the Chaucer Chronicle to make their own Ojibwe Bulletin:

All their work.  Haven't they been busy?
All their work. Haven’t they been busy?
The girls figuring out the lay out of the newspaper
The girls figuring out the lay out of the newspaper

And here is the finished project:

Front page
Front page
Middle spread
Middle spread
Back page
Back page
The final Newspaper
The final Newspaper

This has been a familiar sight this week as the children admire their own handiwork and read what their siblings have been writing:

C having a little read of the newspaper!
C having a little read of the newspaper!

 

All Things Beautiful

 

 

12 comments

    1. It does, doesn’t it? Although we have done a few on the computer using a ready made electronic outline, there’s nothing like writing, printing and sticking it all together yourself!

  1. I love the newspaper idea. What a great way for them to combine their individual work into one project. Your maps are just fantastic. We have to do one soon.

    Hope you are having a great day!

  2. I’m with Almostunschoolers, love the newspaper and as soon as she said the “Pickwick Portfolio,” I cried out “yes, that’s it!”

    While I’m really enjoying the age my kids are at now, I’m also really looking forward to a year or two from now when they can do projects like this.

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