Students finished off their outlines and began writing the rough copies of their creation story. We talked lots about working with their partner to come up with all ideas together and that I should be able to see each person's writing in the journal so all group members are contributing. Students were taught ow to use quotation marks in case they wanted to add dialogue to their stories, which they all did! we discussed the difference between writing a story and writing a script and that stories still need lots of description and detail of what is happening. Some groups also typed up their stories on the computer and began working on the final part of this project.
As we know, Aboriginal people did not use a traditional written language but instead transmitted knowledge orally. They also used pictographs and symbols that were written on stone like seen in Writing On Stone Provincial Park, and on buffalo hides called story robes. We looked at a sort robe in the Glenbow Archives called "Warriors: A Journey Through Five Centuries," to show how pictures can be used to tell a story. Students will be creating their own story robe to tell their story once they have finished the typing portion.
Below are 4 examples of student story robes from previous years.