When We Were Alone
Social Justice Activities:
Cause and Effect, Character Motivation, Character Analysis: The text describes a conversation between a Cree granddaughter and grandmother. In this conversation, the grandmother explains how her childhood experience in a Residential Boarding School affects some of her behaviors today.
Figurative Language: On the pages where she describes her childhood, there are many similes: mixed together like storm clouds; strands of hair mixed together on the ground like blades of dead grass; blended together like a flock of crows; separated like day and night.
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Cree Tribe
- Author's stated heritage: Swampy Cree
- Subject Integration: History
Cree Pronunciation Guide
Learn to pronounce the Cree words in this book.
Teaching Difficult History
Listen to the author and a First Grade Teacher describe how we can teach difficult truths in our history.