Lesson Plan: For Teachers - Canadian Missionaries: An Investigation
Brainstorm the word "mission" and ask students to provide words that they associate with this term. Record their answers on the board or chart paper for use later in the activity.
Outline the Opportunity
Direct students to the topic Their Christian Duty: Canadian Missionaries Abroad on the CBC Digital Archives website. Divide the class into four groups and assign each group one of the following sets of clips:
"Sharing the social gospel"
"Missionaries in training" and "Faith fuels famine relief"
"Battling poverty in Port-Au-Prince" and "Don't call us missionaries"
"Missionaries escape death in the
Congo," "Missionary lends a helping hand in Peru," and "Teenage Missionary: not
your average summer job."
Groups review the clips, including the Did You Know? sections, and take notes about important facts and dates, using the download sheet An Investigation to organize their information. Each group will prepare a short presentation in which they outline the highlights of the segment(s) they studied. In addition, each group should prepare a list of questions they'd like to have answered on this topic. Groups may use chart paper or the board to aid in their presentations. All members of the group should have a chance to participate.
Revisit and Reflect
Ask the class to define what a missionary is and what a missionary does. Then have groups share their presentations with the class. Students can return to the CBC Archives website for any questions that remain unanswered. Revisit student responses from the Before Exploring activity and discuss the linkages between the terms "mission" and "missionary."