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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Albertans Who Make a Difference

History, Social Studies
1 lesson
To recognize individual achievement.
In this introductory activity, students will prepare a poster profiling a prominent Albertan and how that person has made a difference to the province.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

In a class discussion, ask students to reflect on the ability of a single person to make a difference. Ask them to come up with examples of such people, examine the impact they had, and identify how they were able to make the differences they did.

Outline the Opportunity

In pairs, have the students browse through the clips on the topic Alberta @ 100 on the CBC Digital Archives website. Once they have done this, ask them to select any one of the clips and look for the impact that person has made toward the creation or evolution of Alberta. Once their research is done, ask them to create a poster highlighting the contributions of their chosen person, specifically showing how they have contributed to or made a difference in Alberta.

Revisit and reflect

Have students present their posters and then display them in the classroom. Follow by engaging the students in further discussion about how a single person can make a difference. Ask: How might you make a difference in your future?

Assessment Tip
Consider the following when reviewing students' posters: Do the images reflect how their chosen person has made a difference? Are the words chosen reflective of these contributions?


Students can research other Albertans who have made a difference and present an oral presentation on "the power of one."


Poster board, art materials.

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