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K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection

Great Musicians from our First Nations

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Author/Publisher/Website: Schilling, Vincent
Copyright: 2010
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Sep/2015
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781897187760
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-12
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Resource Description

This collection contains biographies of ten First Nations musicians who overcame adversity and became successful. This book can be used as a stand alone reference resource in the classroom or alongside the blackline masters from the First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Moderately
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Reading
Writing
Comments:
Great Muscicians from our First Nations is a collection of biographies from across Canada and the United States. This book can be used as a stand alone reference resource in the classroom or alongside the blackline masters from the First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Social Considerations Comments:
All of the biographies include overcoming adversity in order to succeed. Each contributor has experienced some issues stemming from racism, Residential School or socio-economic limitations.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Moderately
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Moderately
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Moderately
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Moderately
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?
Moderately
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Moderately
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Moderately
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Moderately
Comments:
As a stand alone reference, the content within the collection of biographies is interesting and engaging. The blackline masters from the Teacher Resource Guide provide opportunity for further discussions.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Moderately
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Moderately
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
Photographs are black and white. Many of the biographies also include examples of lyrics, defintion boxes and website links. The layout is simple and easy to use.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Moderately
Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
Not at all or slightly
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Moderately
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Moderately
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Moderately
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Moderately
Are the images compelling?
Moderately
Descriptors:
Student research tools
Comments:
The biographies are brief and easy to read. Students will be able to gain simple insight into the lives of the First Nations Musicians. All images are black and white.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resources is intended for Grades 4-10. The discussion guides and blackline masters are general and provide good opportunity for discussion and differentiation.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This collection of ten biographies can be used in small group discussion, as reference stand alone or as a part of a group of discussion topics supported by the blackline masters for community and social responsibility (First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource Guide).
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