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Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon

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Author/Publisher/Website: Autio, K.
Copyright: 2018
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Dec/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781775331902
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 4-10
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Resource Description

This visual history book highlights the history of the Syilx Peoples in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley with its use of vivid images, figurative language, precise verbs, and poetic devices. The resource includes maps, timelines, photos, as well as information that is easily accessible to readers of varying levels—from intermediate learners to more sophisticated readers. Its particular applicability to the Grade 4 curriculum will allow classroom teachers to use this book to help students understand the Indigenous perspective and the Okanagan First Nations connection to the natural and social history of British Columbia.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Comments:
“Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon” strongly connects to the Social Studies curriculum, especially at the Grade 4 level, as the following content pieces demonstrate: the early contact, trade, cooperation, and conflict between First Peoples and European peoples; the fur trade in pre-Confederation Canada and British Columbia; and the history of the local community and of local First Peoples communities. This resource could be used in many subject areas including in English Language Arts, Science, as well as in Applied Design, Skills and Technology.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Multiculturalism:
The introduction of settlers in the Kelowna area is discussed.
Belief System:
In one era, a Syilx woman is described as offering thanks to plants for providing her people with sustenance. For the entry dated 1859, a Catholic priest is named, and his mission to educate Indigenous children at the Catholic school is viewed with hesitance by the Okanagan people.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
This is the story of the Syilx Peoples and their eventual interactions with fur traders, settlers, and the Canadian government. The factual nature of these events is conveyed without prejudice or bias.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Is the resource an Authentic First Peoples Text?
Yes
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
“Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon” has many different access points for students, including visuals. There are many opportunities for teachers to use this resource in helping students to develop their creative and critical thinking skills. The history is told in language that could stretch intermediate learners, while also appealing to more sophisticated readers. The artwork has a natural sensibility that shows a lot of detail so that a range of readers from younger to older could gather information, appreciate the geography of the region, and more thoroughly understand the events described.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
The different sections of the book are easy to use; these, as well as the illustrations, make sure that there are many different access points for students to construct meaning. Illustrations are typically kept to one page of a double-page spread, or to half a page for a single-date range described. The artwork is done in a soft, natural, colour palette that closely approximates the real colours seen in this environment; the artwork is unobtrusive, but plays a key role in scaffolding understanding and fostering a connection to the Okanagan people, their traditions, and the history of the area.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Moderately
Comments:
This resource does not offer instructional design elements.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Extensively
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Secondary reference material such as summaries or reviews of research
Comments:
“Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon” uses a lot of visuals linked to the text and allows students opportunities to broaden their experience. The text features a map at the beginning to orient readers as well as a glossary and pronunciation of Syilx words before the main history section. After the main illustrated history, a compact timeline provides additional facts. Next, a third historical section offers more detail for each era, as well as another map and some archival photos. Lastly, there is an index at the back as well as acknowledgments.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This resource could be used as a whole or in sections as there is a story section, a timeline of the area, and further information about specific aspects of the area. In Social Studies, Science, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, and English Language Arts, parts of this resource could be used to understand the Indigenous perspective in British Columbia. The text itself is highly literary and provides a variety of sentence types, vivid images, figurative language, precise verbs, and poetic devices.
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