Activity 1 – Overview of the Novel
- Write an evaluation of the book? Did you like it? Would you recommend it to others? Use Handout 1 as a guide.
- Write a novel review for Two Old Women. Refer to Handout 2 for sample reviews from other books.
- Research the writer. What other books has she published? Write a 2 paragraph biography on Velma Wallis. An example biography is on Handout 3.
Activity 2 – Reflection and Journal Writing
- Why is storytelling so important? How can we make sure that stories are passed on from one generation to another?
- Do you know any traditional stories? Write them down!
Activity 3 – Creative Writing and Representing
- Rewrite the story's ending.
- Draw or paint characters and setting as you imagine them.
- Make a poster to advertise this book.
- Write a biography on one of the characters.
- Create word searches or puzzles from key words.
- Design a new jacket for the book.
Activity 4 – About the Gwich'in People
- Learners read the section About Gwich'in People and answer these questions:
- Where are the Gwich'in people from?
- Who are they believed to be descendants of?
- Why did they move around?
- When did they start to settle in more permanent camps? Why?
- Ask learners to research Aboriginal groups in their own region and write a 2–page research project on them.