Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Canada's Relationship with China
Ask students if they know of any Canadians who had a connection with China. Have them name the person and describe the connection and role. If no one raises the name, ask students specifically if they have ever heard of Dr. Norman Bethune. Bethune was best known for his great importance in China.
Outline the Opportunity
Have students form groups. Direct them to the topic Revolution and Evolution in Modern China on the CBC Digital Archives website. Each group will research one of the figures listed, using the relevant clip as noted.
- "Communists poised for victory": Dr. Norman Bethune. A. J. Brace, Charles Gayan
- "'Two innocents in Red China'": Jacques Hébert and Pierre Trudeau
- "Mao's Cultural Revolution": Pierre Trudeau
- "The loneliest number?": Jan Wong
- "Capitalism, Chinese style": Team Canada, Svend Robinson
Students can also be directed to the topic Protest Silenced in Tiananmen Square.
Groups will prepare a presentation about the Canadian(s) they have researched, explaining the role(s) played in Canada's relations with China during the 20th century.
Revisit and Reflect
Have each group deliver its presentation. Group members should also offer their opinions and reflections on the importance of the person's contribution to Canada's developing relationship with China.
Students can prepare and present a book report about one of the books, written by a Canadian, that is referred to on Revolution and Evolution in Modern China. Possibilities include Two Innocents in Red China by Pierre Trudeau or Red China Blues or Jan Wong's China by Jan Wong.