Orange Shirt Story Lesson Plan, The, paper ed.
The Orange Shirt Story Lesson Plan by Phyllis Webstad includes the following: Brainstorming Activity, Letter Writing, T-Shirt Design Activity, Comprehension Questions, Colouring, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search and Discussion for Grade 7 and older. This lesson plan can be used in conjunction with The Orange Shirt Story. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band), explains the truth behind Orange Shirt Day held each September 30th. The storyteller describes her first day attending St. Joseph's Mission residential school in Williams Lake, B.C., in the 1970s. On this memorable day the young Phyllis wore a new orange shirt purchased by her grandmother. Upon arriving at the residential school the shirt was removed from Phyllis and never returned by the nuns operating the school. Phyllis never forgot this experience. The story begins a discussion about residential schools and their impact on the children and their families and communities. To acknowledge the truth and create awareness Phyllis Webstad began this special day when students and adults wear an orange shirt to proclaim that every child matters and encourages all Canadians to join in the growing movement of reconciliation. The book contains a helpful map of Secwepemc territory, along with a brief history of the Shuswap people, the St. Joseph's Mission residential school, and a glossary of terms. This ideal resource picture book captures the author's experiences attending residential school through accessible text and highly evocative illustrations by Brock Nicol. Highly recommended. The author's website provides a teaching guide designed for grade 5 students. It was be found at http://www.orangeshirtday.org/uploads/7/9/8/7/79871818/teacher_resource_guide_grade_5.pdf. Phyllis’s Orange Shirt also by Phyllis Webstad is suitable for 4 to 6 year-olds and while based on the original story, this version has been simplified, shortened, has a rhyming scheme and gentler images. This is Phyllis’s story of living on the Dog Creek Reserve picking berries, gardening and fishing. One day she goes to town and picks out an orange shirt, which becomes her favourite. She wears this to her first day at residential school and it has become a symbol, especially on September 30th, that every child matters, from all nations around the world, residential school survivors and children who didn’t come home. Another complementary book to this lesson plan is Orange Shirt Day, which tells the story of Orange Shirt Day, a day observed annually on September 30th to honour residential school survivors and their families, and to remember those who did not make it. This book explores the historical impact on Indigenous people in order to create champions who will walk a path of reconciliation through Orange Shirt Day, promoting the message that Every Child Matters. The Orange Shirt Society is a non-profit society based in Williams Lake BC that grew out of the events in 2013 inspired by Chief Robbins' vision for reconciliation. The Society board is composed of diverse members dedicated to raising awareness of the residential schools and supporting the development of Orange Shirt Day.