Project 2: Julie of the Wolves
It is the intent of this project to do a detailed novel study of Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George. This award winning novel is to be used as the center of a detailed across the curriculum look at the culture and environment of the people who inhabit our northern lands. After reading the book students and teachers will embark on a journey that will see them explore the customs, language, and religious beliefs of the Eskimo and Inuit people. Special attention will also be given to the geography of the region and the wolf-lore as depicted in the story. This will be accomplished as students explore various web-sites in Northern Canada and Alaska. Students will also be required to contact fellow students from schools in these regions and exchange information about their culture and environment. Our students will hopefully establish a 'Key-Pal' relationship with their Northern neighbors. This in itself would supply a wealth of information that would prove invaluable to our students in their quest for knowledge about these lands and its inhabitants.
A novel of this magnitude provides unlimited possibilities as one ponders connections to a variety of curriculum areas.
The grade seven social studies program involves a detailed look at North America. The physical setting, the culture, the politics, the history and the social aspects of the region are analyzed. Also, students are required to look at technology and how it has influenced the people and geography of the North American continent.
The Intermediate Science Program Guide lists The Characteristics of Living Things as one of the major topics at this level. Variations, growth patterns, reproduction, and response to stimuli are studied for various organisms. A detailed look at the characteristics of the northern wolf would add to the success of this goal.
The novel study is an integral part of any Intermediate English program. The intent of the novel study is to contribute to the attainment of the general learning outcomes related to; (a)speaking and listening (b)reading and viewing (c)writing and representing.
The Junior High Religion program attempts to help students understand the important part that religion has played in the development of humankind. Students also pursue the idea that how we organize ourselves and treat one another within families, communities, and society is a reflection of our religious faith. The detailed look at Eskimo traditions in this novel will go a long way toward achieving this aim.
- that all people in all ages have been seeking answers for certain basic questions.
- that different answers have been offered for these basic questions.
- the importance of gods and goddesses in religions.
- various explanations for the presence of good and evil in the world.
- reasons why people offer gifts to the gods.
- how the gifts offered differ in different cultures.
- the nature and function of altars.
- locate and examine physical characteristics of regions in North America.
- examine ways in which the physical environment influences human activity.
- develop a concept of technology and its applications.
- evaluate potential impact of technologies on quality of life.
- identify the basic weather and climate patterns of North America.
- understand and appreciate the multi-cultural nature of North American society.
- examine how technology affects transportation and communications in North America.
- examine the influence of technology on aboriginal and non-aboriginal life-styles in selected regions in North America.
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness and an appreciation for both living and non-living components of the environment.
- distinguish between locomotion and motion.
- define growth as the characteristic of life that allows organisms to get bigger, change and repair themselves.
- appreciate the fact that growth patterns may differ from one individual to the next.
- define reproduction as the replacement of an old generation by a new generation.
- define stimulus.
- define response.
- identify various stimuli and the specific response which each may evoke.
- define reaction time.
- illustrate the importance of reaction time to an organism in responding to stimuli within its environment.
- ask relevant questions calling for elaboration and clarification, and respond thoughtfully.
- present points of view in a convincing manner.
- demonstrate active listening and respect for the rights and needs of others.
- participate in group work and debate using a range of strategies.
- give and follow instructions of increasing complexity.
- express point of view about texts and issues within texts.
- recognize how one's own ideas are influenced by what is read and viewed.
- understand setting, plot, character and theme.
- access specific information to meet learning needs.
- experiment with technology to assist the writing process.
- use online searching to find information about the Eskimo and Inuit people.
- use online searching to find information about the weather and climate of the region being studied.
- use online searching to find information about the animal and plant life in the region.
- use e-mail to communicate with students in these regions to exchange information and writings.
- download information from 'keypals' in the region.
- understand the impact of technology on the region.
- establish a link between reading and technology. ( the old and the new )
Although on the surface a novel study may not appear to have a lot in common with cutting edge technology, we feel that it certainly has a lot of potential. Given the number of things competing for a child's time and attention these days, it is not surprising that most find very little time for reading. We hope that this attempt to jell the old and the new will result in a win win situation for both reading and technology. As students read this award winning novel they will be involved in activities that will generate excitement and enthusiasm all around. Searching the www for information about the book's author, the setting, the people, the animals and other aspects of the environment can only add to the reader's interest and understanding of the story. Becoming a 'keypal' with a student your own age who can relate to the beliefs and customs that are vividly portrayed in the novel can only add to a young reader's understanding of the main theme.
In order to make the best of these possible connections between reading and technology it is essential that we obtain a Stellar hookup. At the moment we only have access to the Internet on one work station and this is insufficient for any concentrated effort.
Other materials used in this project would include the novels, reference books, reference CDs and videos.
An extensive evaluation of this project will be undertaken using various formative and summative techniques. Each department will evaluate parts of the project to ensure subject area outcomes are being achieved. The technology outcomes will also be monitored by each department and the Learning Resource teacher. Tests, journals, letter writing, note taking, observations and anecdotal records will all play a role in the total evaluation package. The sure test of its success will be in how successful we are in linking novel reading to the world of technology.