CRAFT STUDIO: BE A GOOD ANCESTOR
What I was reading:
Be a Good Ancestor by Leona Prince and Gabrielle Prince; illustrated by Carla Joseph
“Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.” (Goodreads)
Available on SORA
What Moves I Notice the Author Making:
- On each two page spread, the text follows the same format.
- The first line is always “Be a good Ancestor with ________”
- Each line begins with the word that ended the previous line.
- Each line goes from individual, small actions to large systemic change.
- The illustrations are symbolic of the text. (And completely stunning).
Here is an example from the text:
Be a good Ancestor with your neighbours
Neighbours become friends
Friends become communities
Communities become nations
Nations become allies
Possibilities for Writers:
- Discuss/think about how small things can make a big impact in the world.
- Write poems following the format “Be a good Ancestor with…, _______ become ______…
- Write with the intention of the last word of a line/sentence being the first word of the line/sentence to show connectivity.
- Create illustrations.
- Share poems with another class/grade.