My Name Is Seepeetza

My Name Is Seepeetza

30th Anniversary Edition

Written by: Sterling, Shirley
ages 9 to 12 / grades 4 to 7

An honest, inside look at life in an Indian residential school in the 1950s, and how one indomitable young spirit survived it.

At six years old, Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life on Joyaska Ranch to live as a boarder at the Kalamak Indian Residential School. Life at the school is not easy, but Seepeetza still manages to find some bright spots. Always, thoughts of home make her school life bearable.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

An honest, inside look at life in an Indian residential school in the 1950s, and how one indomitable young spirit survived it.

At six years old, Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life on Joyaska Ranch to live as a boarder at the Kalamak Indian Residential School. Life at the school is not easy, but Seepeetza still manages to find some bright spots. Always, thoughts of home make her school life bearable.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Nov 1, 1992
Specifications 128 pages | 5.1 in x 7.5 in
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Written By

Born in Merritt, B.C., SHIRLEY STERLING was a member of the Interior Salish Nation of British Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Education and a doctorate on oral traditions and the transmission of culture. She wrote My Name Is Seepeetza, which is based on her own childhood experiences at an Indian residential school. Acclaimed in both Canada and the United States, the book has won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. She also won the Laura Steiman Award for Children's Literature.

Audience ages 9 to 12 / grades 4 to 7
Reading Levels Lexile 760L
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Winner, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, 1992

Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Awards: Text, 1993