This websites provides
information mostly for English teachers and to some extent for students
of English. With
this website, teachers are able to do a whole unit on the Inuits. You get background information, an outline of the
lessons, useful information on the topic and links for help.
In English G 2000 D4 (erweiterte Ausgabe/for 8th graders) are two pages that deal with Canada and the Inuits.
Since this is a popular schoolbook, we would like to give teachers further information about the Inuits living in
Canada. If there is enough time, teachers can do our whole project.
The project could be done with 8-10th graders.
Reasons for choosing the Inuits
To our mind, native cultures
are a great attraction for pupils. They probably all know Native Indians
Cheyenne, …). Pupils are interested in the Native way of life, the history, rituals and stories. In our opinion this
should be used for English lessons.
The Inuits are not as much as popular as other Natives, so we thought pupils would learn a lot with our project. We
think it is a good combination: on the one side, pupils have some pre-knowledge and are fascinated on the subject,
on the other side, they get to know something new and different from their lives.
With our project, intercultural learning is possible. Pupils get the possibility to learn something about the Inuits
and their culture, their way of life, rituals, their history, the school system and education and their everyday life.
Pupils can compare their life with the life of Inuits at the same age.
We would like the teachers to do a project following the work with our website. Here pupils get the possibility to
use their knowledge in a creative way: they could do posters, collages and they could write essays. Teachers could
transfer the topic to other subjects. After that, pupils are able to do an exhibition on the “Inuits”.
Starting the project
We thought that teachers
should start the first lesson with Canada. If you work with English G 2000,
you can do
the quiz on page 90 and read the texts on page 91. This leads you to the “Natives”. If you are not working with this
book, our suggestion would be that you hang up pictures (e. g. the Canadian flag, a map, pictures of the
landscape, photos of people, Natives, animals, …) on the walls. Pupils walk around and have a look them. After
that, you should have a discussion in class about the pictures (description, student`s expectations/feelings, their
What is important
The subtopics we chose are the following:
o history (of the tribe) and how they lived in these times
o nature/animals (their relationship earlier and now)
o Nunavut (to show how they live today)
o art and literature (expresses the history, the relationship to nature/animals, ...)
As all these topics
are intervined, teachers and pupils have to deal with more than one subtopic
in a lesson.
There are a lot of interesting things that we do not deal with. If teachers would like to do more lessons on one
subtopic, we give them helpful information by links or the bibliography.
Mostly teachers have to
work with computers and the internet, but we have some activities that
pupils can do with
So be sure that you – as a teacher – have the possibility to work with your pupils in a “Computer-Room” or
something like this. If pupils are not used to working with a computer, you have to give them a short introduction.
We are five students (two
from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen and three from the University
in Heidelberg) that like to
We did this website as an suggestion for a unit in an email project between the two named universities. more information