Tatsea by Armin Wiebe is a young protagonist novel that has been enjoyed by readers as young as twelve and adults as varied as former CKY sportscaster Steve Vogelsang and horror novelist Susie Moloney.
The reading guide questions are meant to serve as starting points rather than as comprehensive lessons. Teachers should adapt and modify questions to suit their students’ needs. The Reading Check questions could be used for pop quizzes or independent study, while the Thinking About The Novel question may be useful for chapter-by-chapter class discussions and short assignments. The Essay questions deal with the entire novel. Also included are Creative Writing opportunities and a selected list of internet sites relating to the Dogrib people.
Teacher Resource Manual For the Novel Tatsea
This manual was prepared by teachers from the Tlicho Community Services Agency and Yellowknife Catholic Schools with assistance by Armin Wiebe.
Dear Mr. Wiebe:
I am pleased to report that my English Language Arts 20-2 class recently completed a study of Tatsea. It was, without question, the most successful novel choice I have made during my teaching career.
My class is diverse in skills and interests but Tatsea managed to appeal to all. My students come from Wrigley, Fort Simpson, Nahanni Butte, Jean Marie River and Fort Liard and your novel allowed them to examine their own histories and traditions. No small feat in the average novel for young adults.
* * *
Thank you again for your excellent work. I look forward to having the chance to teach with it again!
Thomas Simpson School