Grade levels: 7-10

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:
  1. Experience an oral storytelling experience
  2. Learn about the 1925 climb of Mount Logan
  3. Show empathy for the difficulty of the climb through writing from the perspective of one of the climbers
Materials:
  • Costume Suggestions- Old coat, boots, beard and hat, pipe, perhaps a wig. The more you do, the better the effect will be.
  • Comfortable place to sit on the floor - pillows and/or blankets are good
  • Old lantern, props
  • Paper and pens
Lesson Process:
1. Here’s your chance to be the dramatist you always wanted to be! Read up on the 1925 climb. Then, for this lesson, you will dress as an old man (or you could choose a different character, such as the wife, sister, son, etc... of a climber). Have the room set up with a comfortable sitting area, etc. Tell the students the day before that they will have a special guest the next day. Ask a neighbouring teacher to have the students sit comfortably at the beginning of class.

2. When class begins, you enter, dressed up. You are one of the original climbers from 1925! You are very old, you cough a bit, really get into character. Then, settle yourself down and tell the class that you want to tell them a story from when you were young. Tell the story of the 1925 climb, hamming it up a lot. Add details - how cold it was, how many months it took to get there and back again, who snored every single night, the blisters you had, perhaps the arguments that happened among the climbers. Make sure to include all the relevant details of the climb.

3. Go over the details repeatedly. Write the list of names of the climbers on the board. After the story-telling, students choose their favourite climber and write a journal entry or letter home from the perspective of one of the climbers. The topic: after climbing 70 km along pack trails and 70 km along glaciers and trekking in, you see massive Mount Logan in front of you and know that it is just the beginning of the climb! What are your thoughts? Do you feel excited or overwhelmed? Do you want to climb Mount Logan or go home?