The Educator Guide provides an overview of the overall learning objectives for the Secret Path and Storytelling resource kit, as well as specific resource-level instructional plans, lists of necessary materials, suggestions for classroom set-ups, and ideas for modification and accommodation. It also includes extension ideas and suggestions for creating cross-curricular activities that continue the learning on this important topic.
Brainstorm Activity: What are Stories?
This presentation walks you through a brainstorm activity to think about stories and to prepare for working with storytelling projects like “Secret Path”.
The Ways to the “Secret Path” : Storytelling and Form
This video introduces you to Gord Downie's “Secret Path” project and how it uses different forms to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack.
Listening to the “Secret Path” : Song Analysis
This video introduces some elements of songs that can be used to tell stories. This will help you analyze how the songs of “Secret Path” tell the story of Chanie Wenjack.
Reading the “Secret Path”: Graphic Novels
This presentation introduces you to how graphic novels can tell stories by using words and pictures. This will help you create your own graphic novel essay about the “Secret Path” graphic novel.
Writing About the “Secret Path”: Movie Review
This activity will give you step-by-step instructions for watching the “Secret Path” animated movie and writing a movie review about its strengths and areas for improvement.
“Secret Path” Language Activity: “The Stranger”
This activity will help you and your class think about what it might feel like to lose language and how powerful it feels to get it back.
Finding Your Own “Secret Path”: Storytelling and Self-Expression
In this activity, you will choose a story that is important to who you are. You will then tell that story using three different forms of storytelling.