Use the criteria to identify powerful words and phrases to describe the world around us.
In this activity, students explore their local environment and guided by the criteria and a thinking strategy, suggest powerful words that could be used to describe the place where they live. These thinking tools can be used by students to create powerful words in multiple contexts. While this activity uses examples related to personal experiences of place, other examples could be used to help nurture the competency of communicating.
*Place is any environment, locality, or context in which people interact to learn, create memory, reflect on history, connect with culture, and establish identity. The connection between people and place is foundational to First Peoples perspectives of the world.
Indigenous Peoples believe that people and their families are strongly connected to the communities they live in, their ancestors and future descendants, the land they live on, and all of the plant, animal and other creatures that live upon it. They know they are stewards of the Earth and strive to live in harmony with their environment.
Throughout the activity consider how well students:
Guide students in using the “Assessing my ability to use powerful words” rubric during the activity.
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