Get inspired by Deanna Bowen’s research on Black Canadians throughout history! Listen to the book Li’l Shadd: A Story of Ujima, and create your own picture book to tell a story about your life.
- The book Li’l Shadd: A Story of Ujima, or. . .
- A computer/phone/tablet to listen to a reading
- Drawing paper
- Scrap paper
- Hole punches
- String, yarn, or ribbon
- Pencils, erasers, and sharpeners
- Colouring materials of your choice (crayons, markers, pencil crayons, etc.)
1. Listen to or read Li’l Shadd: A Story of Ujima. There are several readings of it online:
2. This is a story about ujima, or shared work and responsibility. Talk about this idea with your family or friends. Some questions you might think about include:
- What work did Dr. Shadd do that helped his community?
- What work do you do to help your community?
- Why is shared work and responsibility important?
- What would happen if no one helped each other in their communities?
3. You are going to make a picture book to tell your own story about helping your community. If you like, you can write down what you did on a scrap paper. When planning a story, it can help to think about answering the six question words: who, what, when, where, why, and how.
4. Fold a piece of paper in half. Fold it in half again.
5. Along one of the folds that you want to use as the book’s spine, punch two holes.
6. Thread a piece of ribbon, string, or yarn through both holes, and tie it in the front.
7. Cut the folds on all sides except for the spine. You should now have a book with four pages that you can turn.
8. Write your story about helping your community in this book. Draw pictures to help tell your story. If you can’t write yet, then try to tell your story just through pictures.