Unit 1: Mysteries in BC History
In these pages, you will take a walk into the history of British Columbia. You will read about some of the great mysteries of our province. Along the way, you will learn many new skills that will help you be a stronger reader and writer.
In Unit 1, you will:
- See your strengths as a learner
- Use pre-reading strategies
- Use word attack strategies
- Practice filling out forms
- Define subject and verb
- Write complete sentences
- Write using the simple past tense
Learning Strategy: Know Your Strengths
A strength is something you are good at. Everyone has something they are good at. Learners who know their strengths and use them are more likely to do well.
Read this story about Mitch. He has lived through some hard times. But he uses his strengths to get by. What are Mitch’s strengths?
My name is Mitch. I am from the Ojibway Nation. When I was a kid, I got a head injury. It made it hard to read and write. So I left school when I was 9. Even though I was just a kid, I went to work. I got jobs cleaning, fixing fences, and digging holes. There was no job I couldn’t do. One day when I was 16, the police said I stole a car. I didn’t. But they put me in jail anyway. I felt so angry. When I got out, it was hard to find work. I have lots of skills. I am good with tools. I can build and fix just about anything. I’m friendly and honest. But it’s hard to find work when you can’t read and write. So these days I live outside. I tried to stay in a shelter once. But it felt too much like jail. At night, I sleep in a tent in the park. In the summer, it’s not so bad. In the winter, the nights are long and cold. One day, I will be a carpenter. I won’t just build houses. I will live in one. In the meantime, I go to school twice a week. I am learning how to read and write. My teacher says I have a positive attitude. My positive attitude is how I get by.
- What are Mitch’s strengths? Make a list.
- What are your strengths? Make a list.
In this unit, you will read about some mysteries in British Columbia’s history. As you go through each chapter, think about ways you can use your strengths to do your best work.