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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Depicting Canadian Identity

1 to 2 lessons
To identify and create images associated with Canadian identity
In this introductory activity, students will create a poem, song, or visual artwork to depict an idea that represents Canada.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Write "Canada" on the board or chart paper. Give students five to ten minutes to list all the images and words that come to mind when they think about Canada. In small groups, students will organize the words on their lists under the following headings: People, Places, and Things.

Groups will select one person, one place, and one thing from their list. Ask: If you were to create an artistic representation of each word as it relates to Canada, would you prefer to do it through music, visual arts, or poetry? Why?

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic The Group of Seven: Painters in the Wilderness on the CBC Digital Archives website. Students will thoroughly review the clip "A new artistic expression of Canada", including The Story and Did You Know? sections.

Individually, students will select a word from the list generated in Before Exploring. Then, using the artistic medium of their choice, they will portray the meaning of that word as it relates to Canada.

Revisit and Reflect

Have students share their work. Students should explain why they chose their word to represent Canada, and why they felt their chosen medium was strongest to share their message.




Students can visit the Virtual Museum of Canada website (virtualmuseum.ca), to select an image of Canadian identity that is meaningful to them, and write a paragraph explaining how that image depicts Canadian identity.




Drawing or painting materials

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