The Snowman – Dene Story

slide1I 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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Flannel Board Story & Digital Story Telling

For my ELNG 326: Teaching English as a Second Language Class we were to create a cultural Flannel Board Story. My story was The Goat and the Chiles (Chile Patch). It is a Mexican Folktale. Below is an introduction to the flannel board story and my telling of the story.

As I was making this flannel board story I was thinking, I could probably do a much better job of this using technology. I thought it would make more sense to use technology to do this, it would probably save me time, and it is quicker to change; compared to taking the time to cut out each flannel piece and decorate them. But the assignment was a flannel board story, so I took the risk. In the end it was a good risk! I really enjoyed presenting it and I felt by having the flannel board pieces right there for me it added to the story. I have told the story a couple other times and each time the story gets more and more interesting and easy to tell as I grow more comfortable with it and ‘own’ it.

There is a way, however, to integrate the two together as my colleague, Dionne, shows you in her blog. What she did was told the story with her flannel pieces and recorded it using voicethread.  This enables to have a ‘hard copy’ of the story and a ‘digital copy’ of the story. Both which I see in my mind as very important.