First Nations Perspectives
The Ruptured Sky is a digital literacy title that delivers insight into the vital role played by First Nations in the outcome of the War of 1812. The resource exposes an important part of Canadian history, one that has been underserved throughout the generations. Most of the principals involved in this project are First Nations artists, creators, writers, historians, subject matter experts and educators. It is important for students to have access to a resource that reports historical events from First Nations perspectives.
The story explores the significant influence of First Nations Peoples on the outcome of the War of 1812. Without First Nations involvement, the borders of Canada and America might have been vastly different. The graphic novel features important personalities like Tecumseh, John Norton, Joseph Brant, and others who played significant roles in the war.
The narrative begins in a contemporary setting where Chris and Angie are working on a school project about the War of 1812, but they are finding it tedious, until Chris' grandfather, John Montour drops by. He suggests that Chris and Angie come for a drive with him. Along the way, he tells them stories about the War and those events begin to come to life. The trio end their road trip at The Big Wheel restaurant where they meet up with some of John's friends, who are all elders from different Nations.
Each of them shares a part of the story of the War of 1812 and by the end, Chris and Angie both better understand an important part of their shared history and realize it is now their turn to carry the story forward.
The Interactive is composed of a compelling interactive graphic novel that incorporates exclusive
video, original score, informative interviews with First Nations members, and a digital treasure
hunt. Other aspects include a digital timeline of key events, archival images, authentic First
Native Canadian poetry.
Grades 5-12, or 6-12 for ESL/ELL learners
Interactive Graphic Novel
Two teenagers, Chris and Angie are working on a school project about the War of 1812. They are finding it tedious and boring. Then Chris’ grandfather, John Montour shows up. He takes them on a journey that brings the past to life.
Knowledgeable subject matter experts discuss their views on the War of 1812. The video uses the wampum belt as a central image conveying the importance of the roles First Nations played in the war’s outcome.
Digital Treasure Hunt
As students read through the graphic novel, they’ll collect objects and put them in their personal portfolio. These objects will be used to create stories of their own in different formats such as a collage, web site, storyboard, graphic, video, etc.
Digital or Print
The Ruptured Sky is also available in hard copy and as an eBook from TEACH Magazine.
Best viewed with the latest version of the following: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Also accessible on all mobile and tablet devices with the latest operating systems.
Curriculum and Teaching Material
Twelve lesson plans explore the War of 1812 from a different perspective, delivering rich resources to students and teachers.
The graphic novel will be a long-overdue exposition of the pivotal contributions made by First Nations to early Canadian history.
Lesson packages are comprehensive and useful with practical activities and useful black line masters.
I thought the lesson plans outlined in Grade 7-8 were excellent.