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Welcome to Ms. Mantila's Ojibwe Webpage! 


Today Feb. 28th  is a modified schedule. Advisory will begin at 3:03 p.m. We are honoring Black HIstory Month by showing a student compiled list of short films during advisory.  4:00 p.m. dinner for parents in the Media Center to celebrate Black HIstory Month.  


This year we are using a combination of curriculum resources one of which is Memrise an Online Course that Mr. Vukelich writes for us.  


Welcome to Quarter II new students!

The first week of class involves studying the double vowel writing system, basic introductions, and resource sharing. It also includes an intro to MEMRISE on the laptops. We will study weather terminology on Thursday and Friday of this week.


Units we are working on during the first two weeks of class: 






This is the video to that goes along with the first unit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uij6q19tJD0&feature=youtu.be


This the third unit do this starting on November 15th https://www.memrise.com/course/1297263/ojibwe-vii-niizh/


This is the fourth unit to work on today 11/17/17



Students need to study the level 1 and level 2 basic phrases from Unit 1 over the long holiday weekend as we wil have an oral test the first Tuesday when we come back from the Thanksgiving holiday. You can even get a  MEMRISE app for your phone and do your work on there.


 Unit on Numbers: Start this on Monday, November 27th 



Unit to Start on Wednesday, November 29th The Months- tomorrow we will construct an Ojibwe calendar as a class project for 2018. 



Ojibwe Calendar Project Begin on November 30th  https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/create.html

https://www.calendarlabs.com/blank-calendar/2018-calendar/ If you know of another online calender app please feel free to use that as well. 


Giizisoo- Mazina' igan  This is the Ojibwe word for Calendar it literally translates into "Moon Book." 


Here are the Lakota Moons to Compare and Contrast with Ojibwe: https://lrinspire.com/2013/11/22/lakota-moons-months-by-matt-remle/


Unit to start on Monday, December 11th: Where is the Ojibwe Language Spoken Today?



Review Unit to do on Thursday, December 14th We will have a quiz on the days of the week tomorrow. DO THIS ON THURS. DECEMBER 14th 



Welcome Back from Winter Break! Begin this unit on January 8th Our learning goal: Be able to distinguish between past tense and future tense using words previously studied. 



Welcome Back from the long Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend. I hope you were able to take a moment and remember Dr. King and his legacy. 


Quarter 3 Students Start Here:


Second Unit on People to Begin on Thursday, February 1st   https://www.memrise.com/course/1006561/ojibwe-people-bezhig/


Begin this unit on Monday, January 29th Do This Unit https://www.memrise.com/course/1319689/vii-level-niswi/ Please do only the first section Level 1- Learning Goal be able to distinguish between past and future tenses in words we have already studied. I will be able to conjugate verbs in Ojibwe and look at how this is different from conjugating verbs in English.


Finish this Unit on Monday, February 12th  : https://www.memrise.com/course/590414/ganawaabi-izhaa-3rd-person-wiin-level-2/   Learning Goal: Practice in conjugating verbs with wii and gii.  


Study your hand out for the Conjugating Verbs Assessment on Friday, February 9th You need to know how to conjugate a verb using gii wii- using the terms from our first unit of this quarter. Most are weather terms and are listed on MEMRISE and page one of your notebook. Remember we re-started our notebooks with Quarter 3 Page 1. Seoond, we will have our first notebook check on Friday, February 9th.


If you are done with the unit above dated February 9th you can get a headstart by practicing with some practical verbs here for Monday Feb. 12th https://www.memrise.com/course/1828058/ojibwe-vai-verbs/


This week (February 20-24th) we are going to begin working on our Identity Poem Project- Two Person Poems for Beginning and I am Poems for Advanced Students.  We will interview each other on Tuesday in class. In preparation please do the following short unit on Tuesday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 21st. https://www.memrise.com/course/1849482/ojibwe-activities-and-adjectives/


Upcoming Projects:


Two Person Poem in Ojibwe to assess your writing in Ojibwe. More information coming soon.

What are ypu going to do to save the Ojibwe Language? Book, Video, Website Project 


LInguistic and Cultural Research Project: due Wednesday, March 14th.  On Wednesday you will present your research findings to the class through google presentations or discussion. Be ready to answer questions about the conclusions you have drawn. 


5th Annual Sanford Indigenous Film Festival 

Thanks to everyone who came out to see our film festival at the Riverview Theatre this year! We were the only filn festival to premiere in the entire state of Minnesota for the new film "Gathering the Pieces" by Filmmaker Finn Ryan.  This has to be a first for the Minneapolis Public Schools! We also had some wonderful short students films on Ojibwe Language and  one comparing and contrasting Ojibwe with Mandarin. Because we are an IB School and one of the traits of being an IB Learner is to be "open minded," one short fim looked at how the Sami Indigenous poeple of Northern Europe are similar to Native people here on Turtle Island.  Many Sami people are still fighting for the rights of their indigenous brothers and sisters over here on Turtle Island. Several Sami made the trip to Standing Rock to support the tribe in protecting their water.  The Sami also worked with a major Norwegian bank to get them to  divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. 



Class Syllabus: Scroll to the bottom of the page. 






Students may revise their work or retake a learning target assessment in order to demonstrate increased learning. Before retaking an assessment students will be asked to demonstrate additional practice on the learning target, and the assessment may occur in a different format than the original assessment. All redo’s, retakes, and revisions are due one week before the unit summative assessment.  

City Pages Article in which I was interviewed by journalist Sarah Lahm. http://www.citypages.com/news/why-the-minneapolis-schools-are-better-than-you-think-7500700

Thanks everyone for the great start to the 2017-2018 school year! It has been wonderful so far! 

























































































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document Download this Online Calendar Template   --  You can download this save it to your drive, then type in the title, months, days of the week in Ojibwe.