EDCI 591

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EDCI 591

These skills also enhance and enrich the process of identity formation as students critically reflect on their sense of self and relationship to others. The foundations of the research process are the application of acquired skills, the selection of appropriate resources and the use of suitable technology.(Alberta Learning, 2005)

Social Studies Curriculum

Stories provide a vital opportunity to bring history to life. Through stories, people share information, values and attitudes about history, culture and heritage. Stories are communicated through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, music, dance, literature, visual and dramatic arts, traditions, and celebrations. They can include or be supported by biographies, autobiographies, archives, news items, novels or short stories.(Alberta Learning, 2005)

In social studies, stories provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues and events that are integral to Alberta’s history and to contemporary society.(Alberta Learning, 2005)

4.2.1 Students wiil appreciate how an understanding of Alberta’s history, peoples and stories contributes to their own sense of belonging and identity:• recognize how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events• recognize oral traditions, narratives and stories as valid sources of knowledge about the land, culture and history(Alberta Learning, 2006)

Language Arts Curriculum

Stories & Identity Unit

This cross-curricular Language Arts and Social Studies unit was created using the following objectives from Alberta's Grade 4 Curiculum:

4.3.3 Students will examine, critically, Alberta’s changing cultural and social dynamics by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:•In what ways have music, art, narratives and literature contributed to the vitality of the culture, language and identity of diverse Alberta communities over time? • How does living in a particular community, region or province help shape individual and collective identity? (Alberta Learning, 2006)

2.2 Respond to TextsExperience various texts• experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres, such as personal narratives, plays, novels, video programs, adventure stories, folk tales, informational texts, mysteries, poetry and CDROM programs•retell events of stories in another form or medium(Alberta Learning, 2000)

5.1 Respect Others and Strengthen CommunityRelate texts to culture• identify and discuss main characters, plots, settings and illustrations in oral, print and other media texts from diverse cultures and communities(Alberta Learning, 2000)

References Alberta Learning. (2000). English Language Arts Grade 4 [Program of Studies]. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Learning.Alberta Learning. (2005). Social Studies Grade 4 [Program of Studies]. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Learning.Alberta Learning. (2006). Social Studies Program Rationale and Philosophy. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Learning.


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