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Principle of Instruction

Bridge-In

Instructional Plan Traditional Dene Rabbit Fur Mitt

Activation

The Elder instructor will talk about the history of traditional sewing to the Dene people. She will talk about how knowledge and skills for traditional handicrafts were traditionally taught and how it can be kept alive today. Have you ever thought that you wished you knew how to sew so that you could make your children traditional mitts like your mother/aunties/grandmothers made for you? Have you wanted to learn to sew but intimidated by all the beading on stroud mitts? Rabbit fur mitts are an excellent first project for a new sewer. Rabbit fur is easy to sew with and makes beautiful warm mitts that will last for years. Dene sewers have made them for hundreds of year.

Objective or Outcome By the end of todays session you will know how to: Activation

Select high quality rabbit fur Be able to trace and cut a pattern Be able to confidently sew together a pair of rabbit fur mitts Know the English and Slavey terms used in sewing Learn basic sewing skills Have a clear set of instructions and a pattern template to take home with you so that you can sew rabbit mitts on your own

Pre-assessment Ask how many people have ever sewn before? If any have, ask what types of things they have sewn. Ask whom they learned to sew from.

Activation
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Participatory/Active Learning Mini-Lecture about fur Activation


Discussion about the material required to sew a pair of rabbit fur mitts Difference between a rabbit fur hide and a rabbit plate (pass around hides and plates so learners can see the difference) Discuss how to feel the thickness of the hide and whether it is dried out

Have learners run their hands through the fur so they can feel/see how the fur lies Talk about how colours need to be matched if using more than a single rabbit fur Share some of the history about rabbit fur mitts (cultural preservation) As a class discuss what information would be important to record on the instruction sheet. Have learners record key information on their instruction sheet under the fur category (embedded literacy component)

Pattern Selection Demonstration


List and discuss the different tools required for the sewing project (present Slavey terms where appropriate and encourage sewers to use the Slavey terms if they wish) Distribute the pattern templates along with sewing tape measures Discuss the size selection (embedded literacy component using a measuring tape to measure size of hand/ pattern and difference between imperial and metric units) Have learners select the size that best fits their hand Take time to fill out the first steps on their pattern instructions document. Identify the new Slavey words on the Sewing Language worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Application

Pattern Making Demonstration


Distribute the cardboard, markers and scissors to be used for making the pattern. Share with learners that we use separate scissors to cut material as Demonstrate how to trace and cut the pattern Emphasize the importance of carefully tracing and cutting the pattern Show them by drawing on the wipe board how to label each of the three pieces in both English and Slavey, ensuring that they clearly mark the direction the fur/grain are meant to go (embedded literacy component) o Piece 1 top of mitt o Piece 2 thumb o Piece 3 palm Have each participant exchange their pattern with their partner and check to make sure all pieces are there and labeled correctly As a class discuss the steps then list them on the whiteboard

Application

Pattern Tracing Demonstration

Demonstrate at the front of the classroom how to trace the pattern on to the material o Start with the fur o Trace one side then flip the pattern to trace for the other hand (embedded

Application

literacy component) Show learners a piece of hide and pass around small pieces so that they can play with it and understand about the grain/stretch Trace the palm being sure to emphasize that it goes with the grain

Distribute fur and hide to participants Ask learners to position their patterns where they think it would make the best use of fur (check all before continuing) Instruct participants to trace their pattern on to the fur and hide. Do the rights hand first then proceed with the left Have learners record the steps for tracing the pattern on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Pattern Cutting Liner Demonstration

Demonstrate at the front of the classroom how to cut the pattern out starting with the liner material. Have each participant cut their liner pattern out Have learners record the steps for cutting the liner on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Activation

Pattern Cutting Fur/Hide Palm Demonstration Activation


Demonstrate at the front of the classroom how to use a utility knife to cut fur. Have each participant practice on a scrap piece of fur. Once participants are comfortable with using the utility knife instruct them to begin cutting out their fur pieces of their patterns Instruct participants to cut palm piece of their patterns using the fabric scissor Have learners record the steps for tracing the fur on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Assembly Pinning/Tacking Demonstration Activation

Starting with right mitt, demonstrate how to pin pattern together and tack key points Have learners pin the pieces of the pattern for their right mitt and then exchange them with their neighbor to ensure that correct pieces are pinned together Once confirmed have them tack the pieces in place Repeat for the left mitt Repeat for liners Have learners record the steps for pinning the pattern on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Sewing of Liner Demonstration Activation


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Show learners a partially sewn liner and explain that they are to begin sewing with the thumb piece Instruct learners to sew the thumb portion of the right mitt Have learners proceed on to left mitt once they have completed the right side Have learners continue with all pieces Have learners record the steps for sewing the pattern on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Sewing of Outer Mitt Demonstration Activation Demonstrate how to hold fur to allow seems to be sewing cleanly Have learners practice holding the fur away Instruct learners to sew the thumb portion of the right mitt Have learners proceed on to left mitt once they have completed the right side Have learners continue with all pieces Have learners record the steps for sewing the outer mitt on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Liner/Outer Assembly Demonstration Activation


Demonstrate how to insert the liner into the outer mitt Have learners insert the liners into both of their outer mitts Have learners record the steps inserting the liner on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Sewing of Cuff Demonstration Application Demonstrate how the position and sew the fur for the cuff Have learners position the fur for their cuffs and then begin to sew in Repeat for both mitts Have learners record the steps for sewing on the cuff on their pattern worksheet (embedded literacy component)

Post Assessment Integration Have each participant exchange their completed mitts with their neighbor. Have them examine each others mitts and try them on. They are checking for: o No bunching inside the liner o Linings that are secure o Cuff is securely sewn down

Summary Closure Integration


Content review - As a class go through the steps that should be recorded on the pattern instruction sheet (embedded literacy component) Application explain how learners can use the knowledge/skill they have gained from creating the rabbit fur mitt to move on to more complex sewing projects Individual voice All each participant to share a few comments about their favourite part of the class, the part they found most challenging or what they hope to sew next Feedback Ask participants to complete the feedback form Recognition present participants with a completion certificate