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Lesson Plan: For Teachers - Roméo Dallaire: A Life of Service

History, Social Studies
1 to 2 lessons
To gather information and present it in sequence
In this introductory activity, students create a timeline of the events in the life of Roméo Dallaire that show why he is a great Canadian.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

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.

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