Lesson Plan: For Teachers - Roméo Dallaire: A Life of Service
Have students form groups of two or three. Ask them to discuss and list the characteristics of a person who could be considered a great servant of Canada and the world.
Outline the Opportunity
Have students browse through the
clips on the topic Witness to Evil:
Roméo Dallaire and Rwanda on the CBC Digital Archives website. They should pay
particular attention to the clips "The making of a general", "Evil on trial", "Senator
Dallaire", and "Warmest regards, Dallaire".
After examining the clips, each small group will create a list of milestone events in Roméo Dallaire's life. Students can discuss how each one reflects the characteristics they recorded in Before Exploring. Using their list, students create a timeline (on paper or electronic) of at least 10 events that gives a complete overview of Dallaire's life and demonstrates the characteristics of a great Canadian.
Revisit and Reflect
Have groups share their timelines with the class. Create a large class timeline that includes the events of all the other timelines for a more complete view of Roméo Dallaire's life. As a class, decide what the five most important milestones in his life are that illustrate his service to Canada and/or the world.
Students can reflect on Dallaire's life and consider his current role as a senator. Have each write a paragraph predicting an act of service to Canada that he might do in the future using his role as senator. This could relate to Canada's peacekeeping/peacemaking activities on the world stage or to domestic policy in Canada.