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Chapter Two: Itchoo
Learning Activities

5 Handouts

Activity 1 - Vocabulary

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Learners read the sentences from the chapter on Handout 1. They write their own definition for each word and then use a dictionary to check their definitions. Then, they write another sentence for each word.

Activity 2 – Chapter Questions

Learners answer questions about the chapter. The questions are listed on Handout 2. Below are the questions and answers for the instructor.

Questions: p. 26
  1. What were the language barriers between grandmother Itchoo and her grandchildren? She spoke mostly Gwich'in and they spoke mostly English.
  2. What were the strict rules that people followed? Hunters fed before women and children because of their hunting. Women cooked, sewed, dried meat, raised children without complaint. Everyone knew their roles for group survival.
Questions: p.27
  1. Who adopted Itchoo and her aunt? Why? A man named Shanatti in a group of roaming Gwich'in. It was customary for a chief to take orphans and widows under his wing.
  2. How was Itchoo introduced to western culture? When white traders met Shanatti. What did she trade? She traded her mooseskin clothing for a pretty calico dress.