Worldviews and Multimodal Text Sets

…considering competencies, content, big ideas and text across disciplines based on differing viewpoints, formats and worldviews
…an ongoing curation
Text Set: Chemistry: mixtures and solutions
The raven and the loon. Rachel and Sean Qitsualkik-Tinsley / Why is milk white?. Alexa Coelho & Simon Field / Better together. Sheryl and Simon Shapiro

Big Ideas: Everyday materials are often homogeneous solutions and heterogeneous mixtures.

image: Kim Smith.

Qitsualkik-Tinsley, Rachel and Sean Qitsualkik-Tinsley. The raven and the loon. Inhabit Media, 2013 

In the time before animals were as they are today, Raven and Loon were both white. Their feathers had no colour at all. Raven spent his days swooping through the sky trying to fight off his incessant boredom, while loon spent her days in her iglu working away on her sewing. One day, too bored to even fly, Raven visited Loon and suggested a sewing game that would give their feathers some much-needed colour. The results — not at all what the two birds expected — led to Raven and Loon acquiring their now-familiar coats. (Inhabit Media)

Synopsis: a retelling of the Inuit legend about how the raven became black. Is a simplistic and fun story that can be used as supplemental to discuss staining and dyeing and the chemical processes involved.

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Coelho, Alexa & Simon Field. Why is milk white?: & 200 other curious chemistry questions. Chicago Review Press, 2013. 978–1613744529

Synopsis: a question and answer book covering a wide array of chemistry concepts asked by a teenager to her chemist neighbour. With experiments for this audience to try also.

image: Better together. Shapiro. Annick Press

Shapiro, Sheryl and Simon Shapiro. Better together. Annick Press, 2011. 978–1554512782

image: Better together. Shapiro. Annick Press
image: Better together. Shapiro. Annick Press

Synopsis: a creative book of poetry that highlights mixtures of all kinds. Can serve as a creative exemplar for student’s representation of learning.

Text Set: Identity
Embers. Richard Wagamese / Who am I? A philosophical Inquiry. Amy Adkins / The Wild Robot. Peter Brown

Core Competencies: Positive Personal & Cultural Identity
ELA: Recognize how language constructs personal, social, and cultural identity
 Career Education: Public identity is influenced by personal choices and decisions ; Question self and others about how their personal public identity can have both positive and negative consequences

In this carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, Richard Wagamese finds lessons in both the mundane and sublime as he muses on the universe, drawing inspiration from working in the bush — sawing and cutting and stacking wood for winter as well as the smudge ceremony to bring him closer to the Creator. Embers is perhaps Richard Wagamese’s most personal volume to date. Honest, evocative and articulate, he explores the various manifestations of grief, joy, recovery, beauty, gratitude, physicality and spirituality — concepts many find hard to express. But for Wagamese, spirituality is multifaceted. (from Douglas & McIntyre)

Throughout the history of mankind, the subject of identity has sent poets to the blank page, philosophers to the agora and seekers to the oracles. These murky waters of abstract thinking are tricky to navigate, so it’s probably fitting that to demonstrate the complexity, the Greek historian Plutarch used the story of a ship. Amy Adkins illuminates Plutarch’s Ship of Theseus 
(from TED-Ed)

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is — but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home — until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her. (from: Little Brown)

Text Set: Biology: Survival of living things
Picture Books as Prompts

Big Idea: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation of the diversity and survival of living things. 
Content: survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment.

Worldviews Text Set: Science and Social Studies
Picture Books as Prompts

Big Ideas: All living things sense and respond to the environment
 Content: sensing and responding: humans, other animals, plants
 Big Ideas: Indigenous societies throughout the world value the 
 well-being of the self, the land, spirits and ancestors.
Content: relationship between humans and their environment

Worldviews Text Set: Science: Physics 4

Big Idea: Energy comes in a variety of forms that can be transferred from one object to another. 
Content: energy has forms and is conserved.