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Goodbye Buffalo Bay

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Author/Publisher/Website: Loyie, Larry
Copyright: 2009
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Oct/2012
Submitting suppliers/Website: Kidsbooks
Primary Identifier: 9781894778626
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 4-11
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Resource Description

This book is a memoir of Loyie's experience in residential school and his re-entry into the world after school. The scenes of violence and abusive language are what the author has actually experienced. They support student understanding and learning of residential schools and life after residential school.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
Does this resource address the prescribed learning outcomes for this BC curriculum?
Extensively
Can the resource be used for cross-curricular studies?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Reading
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This resource can be used for Socials Studies, Language Arts, Health, and for Social Emotional Learning.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Aboriginal People:
Other characters in the novel call the main character and other aboriginal people 'Indians' and 'savages'. These terms are used to illustrate the treatment of First Nations people in residential schools and society at the time.
Violence:
The author tells of the physical violence that he witnessed and/or experienced while he was at residential school. It is done in context and broadens the experience that the author had at residential school.
Language:
The author uses the language he heard at residential school. For example: Aboriginal people are called savages and are treated disrespectfully.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
This is a true story and the scenes of violence and abusive language are what the author has actually experienced. They support student understanding and learning of residential schools and life after residential school.

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
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Moderately
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This is an informative novel that presents the author's experiences at residential school and how he re-integrated into his First Nations culture.

Novel

Literary merit
Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Extensively
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
Does the text provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Moderately
Plot description:
This book is a memoir of Loyie's experience in residential school and his re-entry into the world after school. In residential school he experiences emotional and physical brutality but also learns the power of friendship and courage. He leaves school at fourteen and before he is sixteen he has had many experiences including fighting forest fires, working in a sawmill, flying and making friends. He also understands the importance of his First Nations heritage.
Related Comments:
The author writes very openly about his experiences and feelings.
Genre:
Autobiography
Literary Highlights:
Rich Characterization
Well-developed themes
Point of view
Type:
Novel
Literary non-fiction
Autobiography

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Is the use of font, text size, presentation of illustrations uniform?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Moderately
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Moderately
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Extensively
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
The serious subject matter requires teacher guidance. The novel can be easily chunked to meet individual learning objectives.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The author's website www.firstnationswriter.com has good information and links to teacher guides

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This novel could be used as a read aloud, novel study, or for independent reading, depending on the grade level. Teacher mediated discussion would be important in helping students understand the residential experience and its impact.
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