From the monarchy in England, and the early Canadian government, we have had a varied, and sometimes rough growth into the country we are today. Conflicts, unfair practices, the threat of a new invasion, and a need to claim coast to coast led to the railroad, and made a group of colonies into a country. Here we ask questions to understand why we formed Canada and what the costs and efforts were. Who were the political villains and who were the heroes? In looking around the world, and seeing how other countries formed, we can get a sense, also, of how they identify themselves as a people.
Assignment 1: Create a Character
This is the beginning for Assignment 2, but fleshing out a character to work with
Assignment 2: Historical Perspective
This assignment is designed to create a set of characters that span Canadian History between 1815-2018, connected as closely as we can by family ties (can also be done as a family tree). These characters are our gateway to projects involving them, that allow us to connect to people and events of the past. This is a key assignment, that all other assignments are based on.
Assignment 3: Create a Character and the Prop
In this assignment, you will first create a character, with age and name. Secondly, using the material provided in this assignment, you will create the front page of a newspaper, which will be basis of a prop for your character. The second part of this assignment (to come) will be to team up with two other students and you will play out a scene where you discuss the events and discoveries found in your newspapers.
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Assignment 4A: First Nations as Stewards of the Canadian Environment
Are First Nations as environmentally responsible as has been sometimes reported? Who would do a better job than those who were first on the land? This is an opinion piece.
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Assignment 4B: First Nations as Stewards (revisited)
A slightly different approach to the same topic, wondering if colonialism has affected First Nations environmental approaches.
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Assignment 5: War is Written By the Victor
Students have watched a clip, of WW2 German veterans who happened to be visiting the German Panzer War Museum, and were interviewed by a reporter from the Netherlands, and how they spoke about that war. Very truthful, very revealing. Students are then asked questions that speak to what the veterans say, how they react and how they affect the reporter, herself by their answers.
Exam Prep 1: Defend a Position
Prepare to defend yourself! Pick a hot button concern and plug it into the statement I have provided. This is a statement that someone has said in parliament, and you need to address it. This is not an essay, so no intro or conclusion. You are responding to that statement in four points that you will argue in two paragraphs per point. Remember to 'speak' to Mr. Speaker, the person every member of parliament talks to directly, even when members of the government are arguing against each other.
Exam Prep 2: Problems, Issues and Topics
Just as in the first exam prep assignment, this is a reflection of the skills I will be testing you on, for this exam, after the Christmas break. In this assignment you will read the article below, and then answer the six questions at the end of the assignment, one paragraph per question.
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