I am tutoring a boy for my ERDG 425 class, whose first langauge is Dene. He is reading at a PrePrimer (which is equivalent to Kindergarten) level according to the Ekwall / Shanker Reading Inventory. I was trying to find authentic reading material that tapped into his cultural funds of knowledge. I found this very hard because it was hard to find First Nation reading resources that were both at his reading level and of his interests. I found a website with some Dene /Chipewyan resources. I started by trying to incorporate the vocab, myths, and culture into my lessons. I continued my research and found a book with called Dene Stories. This book was written by a group of elders. I was trying to think of a way to present this story to him so that it would capture his attention. I thought back to one of our ECMP 455 classes and the light bulb went off. I would use digital storytelling to tell this oral story. I searched the internet to see if there were any out there and I found that there was a lack of this type of resource on the internet as well. So I made a my own version of the story using powerpoint, clipart, and voicethread. You can view my Dene Story called the Snowman here.
If you have any resources or suggestions, please let me know!
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