Listening and learning from Elders

With this T4T tutorial, students learn about the importance of learning by listening to stories told by Elders. Students reflect on the nuances of learning from oral storytelling and recognize why learning by listening to stories can be both easier and more challenging than other methods of learning. They learn to use a strategy to prepare for listening, focus while listening, and to reflect on what was heard. Designed to support inquiry and learning from Elders and other keepers of knowledge, this tutorial includes instructional suggestions for teachers (introducing the strategy, practicing the strategy, applying the strategy to learn more about a local history, and assessing use of the strategy) and resources for students (student guide and self-assessment rubric).

Targeted grade range:
Intermediate (4-6)
Adaptable grade range:
Middle (7-9), Senior (10-12)
Type of lesson:
Fully developed lesson plan
Intellectual tool:
Habits of mind
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