TeachOntario Talk Video Transcript: Mitch Champagne

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    MITCH: My name is Mitch Champagne.  I’m a grade 7 & 8 teacher from Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Peterborough.  I am also a Part-Time Faculty member at The School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University.

     

    In my elementary school, our project involves my students and I learning about literary elements through the lyrics of The Tragically Hip. As a class, we’ll also map out the places that Gord sings about, and learn a bit about those places and communities.

     

    With my University class at Trent, working with Gord's powerful lyrics and music in The Secret Path, the students are developing a real understanding of the atrocities of the Residential School System that so deeply affected, and continue to affect, students just like Chanie Wenjack, their families, and their communities.

    I co-created our project and success criteria with my grade 7 & 8 students. You can find our task at the link below

     

    As a class we’ve explored a few websites including the CBC’s interactive site about the Tragically Hip and Genius.com

     

    In class we are exploring literary elements in texts to give students a better understanding of allusion, metaphor, symbolism, voice, among others.  We are also learning more about the principles of design that they will use to create their artwork.

     

    In class we are exploring literary elements in texts to give students a better understanding of allusion, metaphor, symbolism, voice, among others.  We are also learning more about the principles of design that they will use to create their artwork.

     

    I have also co-created our project and success criteria with my Teacher Candidates.  We have already chosen who will be responsible for each of the 10 songs on the album.  You can find our task there below .

     

    Our class will be attending the screening of The Secret Path in Wenjack Theatre at Trent University, on October 23rd at 9PM.  It is also being broadcast on CBC at that time.

     

    We’ll spend some time with the music in the class following the October 18th release of the album.  We’ve pre-purchased the Vinyl, which comes with large sized posters of each song with the lyrics, as well as a copy of the accompanying graphic novel, and a digital download of all the tracks.

     

    As a class, we’ll listen to the album and talk about the lyrics and music, then set out to create some meaningful lessons for each.

     

    Hopefully others will see that music and the arts are a great way to engage our learners, and a meaningful way to learn about writing and about Canada.

     

    Well the takeaways are still yet to be determined as we’re just getting into the thick of it now, but I am seeing that the students are really taking this work seriously and are genuinely trying to understand what message is being conveyed in the music.

     

    In terms of the work with The Secret Path, I’m hoping we are able to create a great set of lessons that teachers can use to teach this piece of Canadian history – something that everybody needs to know about.