Shannen and the Dream for a School

Shannen and the Dream for a School It is and thirteen year old Shannen and the other students at J R Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don t keep out the cold winter air They make a YouTu

  • Title: Shannen and the Dream for a School
  • Author: Janet Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781926920306
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 2008, and thirteen year old Shannen and the other students at J.R Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don t keep out the cold winter air They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country Inspired,It is 2008, and thirteen year old Shannen and the other students at J.R Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don t keep out the cold winter air They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize Tragically, Shannen was killed in a car crash in 2010, and was not able to see the dream of her school fulfilled Her family, friends and supporters continue to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in Native communities everywhere.

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    1. I liked how this book wasnt just about protesting for the school it was also about Shannens personal life. I was kind of happy that it had less protesting then I thought it would because that proboubly would have been boring. I also liked learning about her belefs. I thougt that Shannen was really brave going to the house of commons to talk to the prime minister.

    2. I really liked this book because shannen was brave enough to stand up to the goverment and ry to get a school. My favourite character was shannen because she makes you want to do something for your community. I recommend this book for anyone. P.S. Theres a little suprise at the end!!!

    3. Wonderful example of student activism. I cannot wait to share this valuable resource. I could not lay this book down!

    4. I would tell the children not to be afraid, to follow their dreams. I would tell them to never give up hope. Get up, pick up your books, and go to school (just not in portables).” These passionate words were spoken by Shannen Koostachin, a fourteen-year-old activist from the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario. Janet Wilson so compellingly recounts Shannen’s story in Shannen and the Dream for a School that not only do I develop a tremendous appreciation for Shannen, but I also become a beli [...]

    5. Shannen and the Dream for a School is a lexile level 840 which translates to a reading level R. In my 5th grade classroom the target reading level is T, U and V at the end of the year. This book would be good for most of my students to read independently. This book connects with human rights being violated because Shannen and her classmates are not getting a fair education. Module 1 in 5th grade studies The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, this is a book that would help my students to see [...]

    6. Janet Wilson has done a marvellous job bringing the story of Shannen Koostachin to life and her campaign for safe and comfy schools and equitable education for First Nations children - what is so sad is that the children of Attawapiskat are sill waiting for the school! June/15 - finally Attawapiskat has a school and the first class is graduating! Janet Wilson's book is a tribute to the students who fought so hard for this!

    7. This book was great. I liked how the whole book wasn't about protesting it also had some of Shannen's personal life too. I also thought it was interesting to learn about Shannen's culture. I thought Shannen was brave for standing up and not resting until they got their new school. The ending was a lttle sad though but otherwise I could not stop reading.

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