This course introduces students to an exciting range of Indigenous Canadian literature and
orature, including autobiographies, speeches, essays, short stories and storytelling. Students
will also have the opportunity to listen to audio CDs of interviews and readings by many of the
authors studied in the course and to view a video of a storytelling performance and an interview
with a contemporary Indigenous multimedia artist.
- Describe stylistic writing devices, such as imagery, metaphor, simile, and irony.
- Write a personal narrative developed around a limited, focused theme.
- Describe recurrent characteristics and themes in Indigenous oral and written literature, in
both fiction and non-fiction genres.
- Evaluate various tones and levels of language in literature.
- Distinguish between literature and orature in Indigenous works.
- Analyze in essay form the role of narrative elements in short stories, such as point of view,
theme, plot, characterization, and setting.
- Apply elements of orature, such as tone, theme, humour and voice, in a personal oral
- Write a persuasive essay that makes a convincing argument.
- Write a research essay that meets academic disciplinary standards, including the MLA citation
- Apply the essentials of grammar and composition skills effectively in various forms of essay
- Unit 1: Personal Narrative
- Unit 2: Exposition and Persuasion
- Unit 3: Short Stories-Realism
- Unit 4: Oral Tradition
- Unit 5: Short Stories II-Legends and Myths
- Unit 6: Writing a Research Paper
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course:
- Ruffo, A. G. & Vermette, K. (Eds.). (2020). An Anthology of Indigenous Literatures in
English: Voices from Canada. (5th ed.). Toronto, Oxford University Press Canada.
Textbook. ISBN-13: 9780199031719
- Norton, S. & Green, B. (2017). The Bare Essentials (9th ed.). Toronto: Nelson
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-17-658399-6
- Norton, S. & Green, B. (2017). Workbook for The Bare Essentials (9th ed.) Toronto:
Nelson Education Ltd.
Type: Looseleaf Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-17-672505-1
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To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: Personal Narrative
|Assignment 2: Literary Analysis
|Assignment 3: Oral Story
|Assignment 4: Persuasive Essay
|Assignment 5: Research Paper
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.