Supporting First Nations Students' Reading and Writing: Considering Culture, Development and Evidence

The intent of this research is to plan, implement, and evaluate a culturally sensitive, developmental program that targets First Nations children’s narrative competence though out the early school years. A central feature of the work is its theoretical focus. We intend to employ a developmental model of instruction that has been empirically validated in numerous studies. Additionally, working with First Nations focus groups and school staff, we plan to adapt an empirically validated, developmentally based instruction program, Story Crafting, for use in First Nations contexts.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. It's a different way of learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school. Improving my reading skills will open up the doors to future prospects.

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