Indian Education for All Online Book Club Course
American Indian Literature
(for use in grades K-8)
October 8 - December 2, 2018
This online course serves as an opportunity for participants to explore OPI developed instructional units based on literature sent to all Montana elementary and middle school libraries alongside additional primarily fiction texts for use in grades K-8. The course will be divided into three parts: literature for K-2, literature for 3-5, and literature for 6-8. Many resources are place-based, either focused on Montana tribes or created by Montana Indian authors. Participants will read texts, engage in discussions, complete instructional activities, and examine accurate and authentic Native American fiction and nonfiction texts. Ultimately, participants will select texts and instructional units for immediate integration of IEFA into their classrooms. This course is rigorous and requires the participant complete extensive reading and access a number of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from WM-PLC or booksellers.
Event Number: 18521010
Instructor: Michele McGuire firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration fee: $175
Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form).
Obtaining a copy of the book: Check your school /district or local library. Amazon and other online booksellers often have used copies available. The instructor is available to assist with locating copies, if needed.
Books used in the course:
Bruchac, Joseph. (2005). Code talker: A novel about the Navajo marines of World War Two. New York: Dial Books.**
Hudson, J. (1984). Sweetgrass. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. **
Medicine Crow, J. (2006). Counting coup: Becoming a Crow chief on the reservation and beyond. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. **
Arlee, J. (2008). The gift of the bitterroots. Illustrated by A. Sandoval. Missoula, MT: Npustin Press.
Bruchac, J. (2004). Jim Thorpe’s bright path. New York: Lee & Low.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. (2005). Beaver steals fire. Translated and Illustrated by S. Sandoval Omaha: University of Nebraska Press.
Erdrich, L. (1999). The birchbark house. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.**
Louie, L. & C. Brissenden. (2002). As long as the rivers flow. Illustrated by H. D. Holmlund. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
Spang, B. (1999). The war shirt. Illustrated by T. Anderson. New York: Rigby Press.
Tingle, T. (2006). Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw tale of friendship & freedom. Illustrated by J. R. Bridges. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Cuthand, B. (1999). The Little Duck Sikihpsis. Translated by S. Cuthand. Vancouver, British Columbia: Theytus Books.
Einarson, E. (2004). The moccasins. Illustrated by J. Flett. British Columbia, Canada: Theytus Books.
Eyvindson, P. (1996). Red parka Mary. Illustrated by R. Brynjolson. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Pemmican Publications, Inc.
Harjo, J. (2000). The good luck cat. Illustrated by P. Lee. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc.
Leitich Smith, C. (2000). Jingle dancer. Illustrated by C. Van Wright and Y. Hu. New York: Morrow Junior Books.
1. Develop background knowledge of Indian Education for All (IEFA).
2. Read American Indian literature and explore the background and perspective of the authors.
3. Explore literature units developed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and examine ways to integrate them into their classroom setting.
4. Explore several instructional strategies to use with the anchor texts.
5. Discuss with colleagues ideas for implementing the Essential Understandings
Regarding Montana Indians and IEFA literature across grade levels and content areas.
6. Create a final project which integrates the materials and concepts covered.