The Marrow Thieves
A Teaching Guide by Dufferin-Peel CDSB
About the Author: Cherie Dimaline
Cherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario who has published four books of short stories, literary fiction and young adult fiction. Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award, the One Book - One Brampton competition, the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers in the US, the Amy Mathers Teen Writing Award and the Burt Award. It was a finalist for the White Pine Award, the Trillium Prize and The Swartz Award and was a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads.
The Marrow Thieves was also named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC, and has been the #1 national bestseller for young readers for 9 months. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering. She recently signed a 4-book deal with Penguin Random House and has joined the MFA faculty at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Marrow Thieves Survival Activity
Click here for Talking Circles in the Classroom, and Canada Reads 2018 Resources.
Click here to view this Mapping Assignment which asks students to develop a more concise understanding of the physical journey encountered by Frenchie and the group. Students will investigate the correlation between the environmental obstacles and the resulting challenges faced by these characters.
Click here for resources on Family Structures and Roles within the Family and Community,
Character Study Assignment
Click here for an assignment that invites students to better understand the characters in the novel by making connections to people in their own circle of family and friends.
Character Study Assignment
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Idle No More Movement
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Parallel Modes of Dehumanization
Click here for text-to-world connections to genocide, Holocaust tattoos, Inuit e-Disks, and Residential School numbers.
Climate Change Inquiry Project
About this Resource
These lessons and resources were developed by DPCDSB educators, Jennifer Pouw, Social Science and Indigenous Studies Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas C.S.S., and Paula Nevins,
Academic Consultant, Literacy 7-12 & Integrated Curriculum Design. Review and consultation credits to Adriana Alvaro, Academic Consultant, Literacy 7-12 & Integrated Curriculum Design. Special thanks to Dulcie Belchior (Principal of Program and Learning Services) and Carmel Murphy (Superintendent of Program and Learning Services).