Jean Augustine Secondary School

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

63Three: A Podcast

JASSreads

Creators: NBE3U / Voice Team
Grade/Subject: Grade 11 NBE3U First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices 
in Contemporary Canadian Literature

Essential Question:

How might we share student learning around First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues, and amplify Indigenous stories of resilience, through podcasting?

The Project:

The podcast launched in 2017 with student podcasts that connected the CBC Podcast Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo with the books that the students were reading in their class.

In the following year the podcast shifted to a new format. Students take part in developing and recording a podcast based on The Canada Reads Competition. In it, students defend or promote their book to an adult from outside the NBE course in hopes that they can convince that adult their book is the best to read to get a sense of the issues facing First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Students may also choose to record solo podcasts, as part of their summative task for the course, reflecting on their learning and sharing stories of Indigenous resiliency.

Why is it called 63 Three? Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Call to Action #63, iii requires: “Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.”

Teacher Reflection:

This particular project allows students to see their novels through a particular lens and helps them to first empathize with Indigenous people and secondly use strong critical thinking skills to defend their novel. During the process, students often find their own voice by defending their book. Students, who at times have been silent in class, often come out of their shell because they are taking a personal interest in the topic and so want to defend their viewpoints on the importance of the work. Students also have the ability to connect the issues to themselves or their communities which in turn makes them better understand issues surrounding First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. The podcast project has become an indelible tool in the fabric of Jean Augustine’s Voice Department and especially the Grade 11, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices in Contemporary Canadian Literature course. – D. Babcock

Student Reflection:

This project was my favourite assignment for my NBE3U English class. I learned a lot from this experience. For one I learned more about how to think on the spot. With a podcast it’s a natural conversation that is made up right on the spot and barley scripted. So in order to be successful you must be able to think and react on the spot fast. That was probably the most challenging parts cause when your working with others it is a challenge to make natural conversation on the spot and keep everything topic. What I liked about the podcast experience was listening to everyone’s perspective on issues, topics and things we are studying. It is very interesting to hear about how people interpret things different from me and I feel it widens my views and opinions of things happening around me. -AS, Grade 11 Student

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