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Muffins for Granny

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Author/Publisher/Website: N/A
Copyright: 2007
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Jun/2016
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Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 10-12
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Resource Description

This video tells the difficult stories of seven elders who have survived their Residential school experience. Intertwined with their testimony are images of nature, archival photos, and graphic art.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
The resource supports several Socials classes (from 9-11, presently), as well as English and First Peoples English courses. The resource is also suitable for the current First Nations 12 course and the new proposed First Nations course.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Age:
Many of the topics (especially around abuse and the addictive lifestyle adopted by survivors) could be difficult for some children. However, the overall message makes the issues palatable.
Indigenous Peoples:
At the beginning of the film, it paints an accurate picture of the horrors of the residential school system. While not graphic, teachers may wish to caution students about content (physical, sexual abuse) and the decimation against First Nations culture and beliefs.
Belief System:
The film discusses the State sponsored systematic attack against Native beliefs and world view by the Church run Residential School system. Fist Nations children had their cultural Identity attacked to take the "Indian out of the child".
Violence:
There are discussions of violence and abuse in the Residential schools and the lives of the survivors after leaving the schools. Testimony includes evidence of physical, sexual, mental, emotional, and psychological abuse.
Ethical:
Students should be cautioned about the extent to which the government and churches played a large role in the attempted destruction of Aboriginal culture.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
The video deals with some difficult issues, and could be difficult for some to watch, especially if they are related to survivors of the residential schools. It was made to honour those children who never returned from Residential School. However, the overall message is a positive one (that despite everything, people can overcome the impact of the schools). The seven Residential schools survivors are finally allowed to speak the truth that had been buried too long. They have overcome "the restlessness of ancient sadness" that had handicapped their lives. The restorative nature of this healing journey is reinforced by the hope these survivors see in the future for their people.

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
This resource supports the characteristics of Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives:
Connectedness and Relationship
Awareness of History
Local Focus
Engagement with the Land, Nature, the Outdoors
Emphasis on Identity
Processes and Protocols
Traditional Teaching
Language and Culture
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
Can the content be differentiated?
Not at all or slightly
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
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?
Extensively
Comments:
Some students will see the video as slow - it consists mainly of survivors speaking about their own stories. However, over time the stories are more compelling and intricate, so the video is worth seeing despite the pace. Visual images of nature are mixed with archival photos and graphic art.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Moderately
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the production quality (sound, volume, narration, animation) effective?
Extensively
Comments:
The stories of seven elders who have survived their Residential school experience is thoughtfully blended with images of nature, archival photos and home movies, and stark images graphically presented in cartoon. Included in the background are traditional songs and drumming.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Not at all or slightly
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Moderately
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Moderately
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Not at all or slightly
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Moderately
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Moderately
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Not at all or slightly
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Not at all or slightly
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Not at all or slightly
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Not at all or slightly
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Not at all or slightly
Comments:
Unfortunately, while the video is compelling, it does not come with any supporting teaching or learning materials. Teachers who use the resource will have to create their own materials to accompany the film

VIDEO

Is the production quality (sound, volume, narration, animation) effective?
Extensively
Comments:
Very good quality film overall. Some students may have difficulty with the slow pace of the film, and that much of the film is dialogue, not action. The film was written, directed, and produced by Nadia McLaren to honour her grandmother who was a Residential school survivor. Seven elders testify about their experiences in Residential school. Each tale is blended with the others to form one narrative. Intertwined with the testimony are images of nature, archival photos, and graphic art. Images of baking muffins are also found throughout the film. In Residential school McLaren's grandmother was forced to scavenge for the discarded muffin wraps after the white children had eaten the muffins.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
Unfortunately, while the video is compelling, it does not come with any supporting teaching or learning materials. Teachers who use the resource will have to create their own materials to accompany the film. The film won Best Documentary at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival and was given Honourable Mention at he 7th Annual imageNative Film and Media Arts Festival (2006).

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
Supporting Reconciliation/Residential School topics in English, First Peoples English 10-12,Social Studies 9-11, History 12, Social Justice courses and Visual Arts classes. Could be used to support journalling, writing exercises, issues around empathy in Socials.
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