Fireside Chats Teacher's Guide: Volume 1

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Lesson One: Evan Redsky 126 Lesson One: Evan Redsky Activity: Storytelling Through Song CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: •Aboriginal Studies Grades 10-12 •English Language Arts Grades 10-12 •English Language Arts Grades 10, 11, 12: Uqausiliriniq Strand •General Music Grades 10-12: British Columbia and Yukon: •Contemporary Indigenous Studies Grade 12 •Contemporary Music Grades 10, 11, 12 •English Language Arts Composition Grades 10, 11, 12 •English Language Arts First Peoples Grade 12 Ontario: •First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies Grades 9-12 •English Language Arts Grades 9-10 •English Language Arts Grades 11-12 •Music Grades 9-10 •Music Grade 11, University/College Preparation •Music Grade 12, University/College Preparation DURATION 2-3 hours OVERVIEW In this lesson, students will explore the topics of artistic expression, resilience, music, and storytelling. Students will participate in a class poll where they will talk about their favour- ite songs. Songs hold many meanings, themes, and stories within them. Oral tradition and Storytelling was, and still is, the epitome of learning in all Indigenous cultures. In Red River Metis and Anishinaabe culture, families pass down their histories, traditions, and experiences through oral tradition. Oral tradition is an intergenerational transmission of knowledge, teach- ings and spirituality. We suggest having an Elder or traditional knowledge keeper visit your class to give a teaching on storytelling and oral tradition. Students will watch Evan Redsky's interview with Fireside Chats. Evan Redsky is an Indigenous singer/songwriter with a love of storytelling from a young age. Evan has been a musician for over a decade and recently decided to work on a solo career. Students will create song lyrics that tell a short story. The theme of their songs will reflect a time in their life they had to overcome an obstacle. This activity is not a full introduction to songwriting. This activity will have students making connec- tions between storytelling and music while conveying the theme of their song. Students will create a song with 3 verses and a chorus. Songs must have flow and rhythm. Students will be assessed by a writing assessment rubric. MATERIALS •Computer Access for each students •"Storytelling Through Song" Handout •"Writing Assessment" Rubric •Writing Instruments (pencils, pens, etc) and Lined paper Entertainment

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