The following lesson plans are suitable for students in grades 11 and 12.
Students write position papers about the current effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Students role-play a federalist-separatist debate between Robert Bourassa and René Lévesque.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will prepare for and participate in a symposium on the major developments in the political history of Quebec from 1966 to 1996 and how these developments affected the rest of Canada. They will focus specifically on the role that Robert Bourassa played in these events as a significant political leader and premier.
Students analyze media coverage of the Dieppe raid and prepare and present propaganda posters.
Students research the merits of a fixed link between PEI and N.B. and discuss their opinions in a town-hall meeting.
In groups, students explore specific questions about the impact of the Confederation Bridge and present their findings in the form of a computer-based slide show presentation.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will assess the information on Health Canada's Healthy Living website, present and debate the issues around using taxpayer money to publish such information, and write a position paper supporting an opinion on the matter.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research and write a position paper about whether or not they believe the birth control pill is safe.
Students will debate the resolution: Be it resolved that all women in Canada should receive the birth control pill free of charge.
Students will research the issues surrounding the construction of the northern pipeline, then write a report that offers recommendations on the issues.
Students research the pros and cons of using corporate sponsorship to raise money for medical research and form opinions about the government's responsibility in this area.
Students write monologues, comic strips, or rap songs to present opposing views of events at Ipperwash.
Students prepare a dramatization of one of the important events in Chinese history during the 20th century.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research and report on the Avro Arrow as part of Canada's historical mythology.
Students gather and evaluate differing historical views about the Avro Arrow, its potential, and its cancellation.
Students will examine the facts leading to the demise of the Auto Pact. They will identify who benefits and who loses as a result of the Pact's end.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research and analyze how the main developments in China's history over the course of the 20th century have prepared China to assume the position of a global superpower in the 21st century. They will participate in a round-table discussion on the topic and consider the impact of China's new status on itself and on the world.
Students determine a way to commemorate the victims of the Air India disaster.
Students debate whether Louis Riel should receive a posthumous pardon.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the history of the Métis people in Canada and present a round-table discussion on the past and current importance of this Aboriginal nation.
Students will investigate accuracy in news reporting and the ethics involved.
Students will prepare a written work to share their response to the chemical fires in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War.
Students will examine Matthew Halton's contribution to Canadian understanding of and exposure to the events of the Second World War. Students will then use a variety of web-based resources to examine the kinds of reports filed during wartime and the level of involvement of a reporter in selecting the information disseminated.
In this web-based activity, students review media clips and write a report on the Quebec political milieu from 1960-1980.
Students listen to and compare René Lévesque's speeches following the Parti Québécois victory in 1976 and the referendum loss in 1980.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the internment of Ukrainians during the First World War, then compare and contrast that internment with the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.
Students will debate the right of the federal government to intern Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.
Students will compare and analyze media coverage of the Papal visit and of a royal visit.
Students will explore the site to understand fully the pro and con positions in the debate, then work in groups to summarize the information.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research, compare, and write an expository essay about their choice of elements of several world religions.
Students plan, write, and present a memorial service for Terry Fox.
Students will investigate the effect of the Winnipeg Floodway on the rural population surrounding Winnipeg.
Students will research and debate the issue of legalizing marijuana.
Students research why the First Nations refused to support the Meech Lake Accord and present their conclusions to the class.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the purpose and achievements of the Canadian government's Healing Fund. The Healing Fund was created to address the problems caused by abuse at residential schools. Students will present a summary of their findings to the class.
Students examine Peter Gzowski's interview style to learn how to write interview questions. They then conduct an interview with a friend or family member about the importance of oral communication in that person's career.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research and write a persuasive essay arguing whether Peter Gzowski is or is not the "voice of Canada."
Students research and role-play an interview with a key figure involved in the seal hunt debate.
Bilingual senior students will form small teams of not more than four members. They will research relevant clips about separatism and the October Crisis from the CBC Digital Archives website topics listed in Outline the Opportunity. Students will keep a research folder as part of their project work. Students will prepare a written analysis of the question: Were separatism and the October crisis covered differently in the English and French media? Students will participate in a debate based on their findings and then prepare a position paper based on their research and debate.
Students will analyze Canada's diplomatic history and write an editorial outlining the best direction for Canadian diplomatic policy.
Students will prepare a report about racism towards entertainers in Canada and the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, then discuss racism in society today.
Students will hold a mock, pre-election debate among Ontario party leaders.
Students conduct research the impact of the expansion and changing role of NATO and form an opinion about these changes.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research facts about Canada's participation in NATO and use them to create a trivia board game.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students investigate the cost to Canada of being involved in peacekeeping and prepare a presentation recommending whether to continue or suspend peacekeeping operations.
Students will write a short story based on the experiences of Canadian women during the Second World War.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research, compare, and contrast the role of women in the military during the Second World War and today.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the impact of the food industry on Canada's economy and create a graphic organizer and two to three other visuals to share their findings.
Students will plan an advertising campaign and create an advertisement to promote a Canadian food product.
This project involves student research on the provincial electoral history of at least three jurisdictions in Canada from the 1960s or '70s to today. Based on their research, students organize their information and present it as an illustrated report. This report compares and contrasts the electoral systems of three provinces from different regions of Canada, focusing on parties, issues, leaders, results, etc. The main sources of information for this project will be the following topics from the CBC Digital Archives website: • Quebec Elections: 1960-2007 • PEI Elections: Liberal Landslides and Tory Tides • Ontario Elections: 25 Tumultuous Years • Showdown on the Prairies: A History of Saskatchewan Elections • Newfoundland and Labrador Elections • Northwest Territories: Voting in Canada's North Students select any three of the above topics as the basis for their research and report. At least one of the choices should be based on their own region of Canada.
Students prepare a political and personal profile of a U.S. president or a Canadian prime minister.
Using a variety of web-based and print resources, students report on a specific period in Canadian-American relations and the role that various prime ministers and presidents played in influencing the relationship.
Students identify and appreciate some of Richler's witty observations on human foibles, hypocrisy, and inconsistencies.
Students create an art work representing the reactions of war brides coming to Canada.
Students role-play a debate or discussion between Mordecai Richler and an interviewer.
Students will investigate and write an opinion paper about the claim made by the chief of the Grassy Narrows Ojibwa nation that the Ontario government was guilty of environmental racism and neglect.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research mercury poisoning in the Grassy Narrows region and the aftermath of the situation. Using their knowledge of this situation, they will investigate an issue facing another aboriginal nation and devise an appropriate and effective compensation plan to address it. Students write a persuasive essay and illustrate a poster to share their plan.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will examine how Louis St-Laurent extended Canada's role on the international stage and the impact of these events on Canada and Canadians.
Students examine the factors that contributed to the defeat of Louis St-Laurent and the Liberal Party in the federal election of 1957. They write a letter to St-Laurent during his second term offering him advice that might change the outcome of the election.
Students prepare an article as a tribute to Maurice Richard.
Students develop an information sheet to help people avoid triggering Holocaust memories in aging survivors.
Students consider human rights and discuss or write about the actions they might take if they had been at Auschwitz.
Students will investigate Norman Jewison's opinions and ideas on the Canadian film industry and participate in an informal debate about the topic.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research facts about Holocaust museum displays and discuss the merits of such exhibits.
Students will prepare an oral presentation illustrating McLuhan's concepts of "the medium is the message" and of "re-tribalizing."
Students create a series of tips for a writing clinic.
Students complete a think-pair-share activity on censorship and Laurence's views on it.
Students develop the criteria they think should be used to award the Nobel Peace Prize and judge how well Pearson met their criteria.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will explore the growth and impact of polls and spin doctors in elections. They will analyze a politician of their choice and role-play a pollster, a spin doctor, and a politician discussing suggestions and responses for implementing such strategies for that politician in an upcoming election.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research and write a scholarly essay on Margaret Laurence's works.
Students will examine the theme of survival in Canadian literature and discuss it in a group.
Students will write a poem or song about something that happened to them, in the tradition of "Suzanne" or "Everybody Knows."
Students will explore the topic of the Canadian spirit by gathering information about Margaret Laurence, Leonard Cohen, Oscar Peterson, the Stratford Festival, and the Group of Seven. Students will begin in small groups by brainstorming such inquiry questions as: What do these people and institutions bring to our idea of the Canadian spirit? How do they reflect Canada? What makes the Canadian spirit unique? Students will then work individually, researching their inquiry questions and keeping detailed, accurate notes. They will write a formal essay based on their research.
Using a variety of web-based resources to gather information, students will write a formal, critical essay analyzing Cohen's poems and /or songs.
Students will create a critical essay based on research of a selection of Atwood's works.
Students will create a seminar about an element of writing processes, skills, or techniques, based on their own experience and on their research of Atwood's work.
Students will examine Canadian literature by viewing the following topics on the CBC Digital Archives website: Mordecai Richler Was Here, Michel Tremblay: L'enfant terrible of Canadian Theatre, Margaret Laurence: Canada's Divine Writer, and Leonard Cohen: Canada's Melancholy Bard. Partners brainstorm what they know about these writers and their works, then list inquiry questions and choose a few of those questions to form a thesis statement. Students will read one literary work by each author and research the author through the clips on the website. Possible research topics include the influence of the writer's life on his or her work, the role of the author as social commentator, or the similar themes that run through the different authors' works. Students may choose from a variety of genres, and will keep reader-response journals as they work. Based on their research, students will write a comparative literary essay of approximately 1500 words.
Students use the concepts learned about Newton's Laws, energy and momentum to explain various aspects of satellites.
Students research space disasters and write a position paper about whether taxpayers' dollars should be used for space exploration.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research and write a magazine profile of June Callwood.
Students will write a legend that tells of the development of the game of lacrosse.
Students write a brief, formal report detailing June Callwood's work and motivations.
Students research the challenges faced by Kim Campbell during her political career and develop questions and answers for a role-play interview with her.
In this activity, students conduct individual research in order to write an essay about the amount of training and dedication required by Karen Kain throughout her dancing career.
Students create a report from the auditor general of Canada and use their information to write and perform a 30-second TV news clip.
Students will develop and role-play a mock interview with Jean Chrétien, focused on one of the challenges he faced during his early political career.
Students investigate and debate government funding of amateur sports.
Students will prepare a brief to the federal government regarding the need to honour and memorialize Canadian Korean War veterans.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will analyze and prepare a presentation comparing recognition of war veterans in Canada to recognition of war veterans in another country of their choice.
Students will explore the lobbying tactics of the Cree and develop their own lobbying strategy to address a local issue.
Students will explore issues facing the international community as they consider the prosecution of alleged war criminals.
Students will dramatize the fears and apprehensions of people who were born long before the Internet became part of our daily lives.
Students will investigate and analyze the extradition process in war crimes cases in Canada.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will profile a recent war criminal and discuss the extent to which countries are obligated to hold war criminals responsible for their actions and bring them to justice.
Students will prepare a position statement regarding their view of federal and provincial management of the cod fishery.
Students plan a model tidal plant to show how the technology generates electricity.
Students will research and debate the use of the notwithstanding clause to limit rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the impact of Bill 101 on access to education in Quebec. They will create a public information bulletin describing the evolution of Bill 101 with respect to access to English language instruction in Quebec.
Students investigate the hippie movement and its experimentation with the politics of anarchy and communism.
Students create and perform an imagined interview with Joey Smallwood about the impact that Confederation might have had on the current state of the cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Students perform exercises from the 5BX system and suggest improvements to make it more effective.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the approaches of two or more First Nations toward self-governance. They will prepare a five-minute video presentation to compare and contrast the groups.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students prepare a presentation about the future of the biotech industry from different perspectives.
Using a courtroom setting, students role-play the legal fight of Monsanto vs. Percy Schmeiser.
Students will investigate the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, update them, and present proposals to a classroom inquiry board.
Students analyze the advantages and disadvantages of an entrepreneurial career relating to economic cycles through guided viewing, individual work, and group discussion.
Students examine and analyze how products and services are marketed to specific demographic segments.
Students will identify personally relevant quotations from or about Dr. Henry Morgentaler and create a collage to illustrate their choices.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will investigate and analyze Web sites that are supported by proponents on both sides of the abortion debate.
Students research major issues that have faced Canadian women throughout the 20th century. They create a magazine that addresses six of those issues, discussing each issue in the form of a factual article and an editorial piece. The magazine will also include advertisements, visuals, a table of contents, and a cover. It will focus particularly on the impact of women on social issues, politics, entertainment, and sports. Students will investigate the following topics on the CBC Digital Archives website: "Fair Game: Pioneering Canadian Women in Sports," "On Every Front: Canadian Women in the Second World War," "The Birth Control Pill," "Fighting Female Infertility," "Equality First: The Royal Commission on the Status of Women" and "The Montreal Massacre." Students can substitute one of those topics with one of the following topics: "Margaret Laurence: Canada's Divine Writer," "Barbara Frum: Pioneering Broadcaster" or "Karen Kain, Prima Ballerina."
Students build and test a model projectile launcher.
Students will create a graffiti poster that represents their prior knowledge of biodiversity and then explore various approaches to protecting biodiversity.
Students write the music and lyrics for a blues song based on emotions instilled by experiencing drought.
Students prepare a balance sheet of the strengths and weaknesses of the federal NDP during Ed Broadbent's leadership and assess their impact on the party.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students examine Ed Broadbent's legacy as a Canadian political figure and assess his main strengths and weaknesses as leader of the federal NDP. They share their information in a round-table discussion.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will explore the links between income and shopping trends and determine if Eaton's demise was caused by the Canadian economy or the decisions and influence of management, then write and present a report to share their findings.
Students will investigate the issues involved in the death penalty and conduct a formal debate.
Students will listen to political speeches from D-Day and use the qualities of an effective speech to write a speech for the prime minister telling the Canadian public of the events and impact of D-Day.
Students will listen to radio reports from D-Day and try to decipher the information.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will research and role-play a panel discussion on the topic of self-government in Aboriginal communities.
Students will write a personal response to the Innu interview clips.
Students will evaluate the rise and fall of Eaton's sponsorship of the Santa Claus Parade and develop a campaign promoting a sponsorship opportunity for a current Canadian retailer.
Students will create learning centres that help promote interest in science learning to junior students.
Students will rebut a journalist's tirade on the attack against smokers.
Students will develop and defend a position on whether the government has the right to limit the advertising of a legal product.
Using a variety of online resources, students will investigate, research, and debate the advantages and disadvantages of the commercial and public sponsorship of Canadian film.
Students will investigate the conflicting land claims of the Inuit and the Dene in Nunavut.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research and create a presentation about the equity of benefits given to First Nations veterans after the Second World War.
Using a variety of web-based resources, student will research, prepare, and present a round-table discussion of the reasons for the failure of the Meech Lake Constitutional Accord and the continuing impact of this event on Canadian history, politics, government, and society.
Students create and present television sound bites from key figures involved in the Meech Lake Constitutional Accord in 1990.
Students list the pros and cons about the role of government in controlling media outlets.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will write a research essay about an element of media concentration and convergence in Canada.
Students examine the Canadian film audience and explain how the audience characteristics can influence how audiences interpret and enjoy media.
Students write a film script and adapt messages for a different audience and purpose.
Students discuss and write an editorial about freedom of the press in Canada.
Students create a dramatic presentation based on people's personal recollections of Bethune.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the life, times, achievements, and historical legacy of Dr. Norman Bethune, prepare critical evaluations of his legacy as a Canadian of national significance, and present their findings in a round-table discussion.
Students will debate the contribution of Brian Mulroney to Canada.
Students create a political cartoon supporting either Canadian or international sovereignty over the waters of the Northwest Passage.
Students debate the positive and negative consequences of a computer-driven workplace.
Students will research the positions of civil defense and nuclear disarmament during the Cold War era, then participate in a class debate to support a given position.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research the threat of climate change to the Northwest Passage and the global impact it might have. They will create newspaper headlines that might be seen in future years if no changes are made, as well as a call-to-action poster raising awareness of the impact of climate change.
Students will prepare a study on the economic impact of recent controversies in the forestry sector.
Students will develop a mission statement for an organization.
Students will role-play a community meeting where they decide on the role they think their community should have in helping Vietnamese refugees.
Students analyze acts of discrimination and racism against Chinese-Canadians, as well as responses to those acts, and generalize about trends and changes in the acts and responses.
Students will develop a position paper to present to the WHO about the ethical use of a new medical protocol touted to be a cure for diabetes.
Students study cutting-edge diabetes research and write a précis of research devoted to improving treatment or research devoted to developing a cure.
Students present skits to explore complex science, technology, and society questions related to diabetes research and treatment.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students prepare a profile of a major political figure in the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and enactment of the Charter of Rights during the period 1968-82, assessing their contribution to the process.
Students will debate whether the patriation of the Constitution and the enactment of the Charter of Rights have improved Canadian society and achieved the goals of those who supported the processes.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will research and prepare a report comparing past and current Canadian humanitarian aid policies.
Students will create a comprehensive sales package to market the Candu reactor.
Students will research the topics Boat People: A Refugee Crisis, Dr. Henry Morgentaler: Fighting Canada's Abortion Laws, and CANDU: The Canadian Nuclear Reactor on the CBC Digital Archives website, and expand their research to include selected other resources. Students will keep a research folder and a research log, and use their information to prepare group presentations.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the positive and negative effects of free trade agreements on Canada's economy and society and present their findings to the class.
Students will create campaign materials in role as a political party or interest group involved in the debate over free trade during the 1988 federal election.
Students will research and summarize the Canadian and Soviet political systems of the 1970s and discuss their impact on competitive sport.
Students will work in groups to analyze the way marketing transformed the Canadian wine industry.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will explore the benefits and challenges of international trade agreements in relation to the wine industry.
Students investigate and debate the pros and cons of the continuation of the monarchy in Canada.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research and create fact sheets about five significant global earthquakes, compiling their fact sheets to create a report.
Students write a newspaper article about a historic earthquake in Eastern Canada.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will research a constitutional issue still facing Canada, then draft and present several proposals for addressing the issue.
Students will prepare and present a role-play of a major Canadian historical, political figure.
Students will prepare a radio script for a "Back from the Blitz" program by Art Holmes and then prepare a dramatization of how the same information might be reported today.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will explore the issue of public versus private ownership in Canada and write a press release or dramatize a press conference to share their opinion.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research and create models, simulations, or other visual presentations of various aspects of telephone technology.
Students prepare a dramatization or simulated news broadcast to illustrate various aspects in the history of the development of the telephone.
Students will explore the potential power of genetic engineering by designing genetically altered humans.
Students research, prepare, and present two news reports that reflect differing points of view about issues during the time of apartheid in South Africa.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research and evaluate the role of diplomacy, sanctions, and public pressure, particularly by Canada, in ending the apartheid system in South Africa.
Students will prepare and present a television news broadcast covering the leaders, parties, issues, events, and results of one federal election from Canada's post-1945 history.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will develop and present an analysis of a key federal election in Canadian history and conduct a round-table discussion of its importance.
Students write an editorial about the historical roles of Aboriginal people in the Calgary Stampede.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the factors that contribute to avalanches and make a poster or a model that illustrates the anatomy of an avalanche.
Students will write a letter to the editor expressing their position about avalanche safety.
Students will examine the fictional village of Avonlea, which L.M. Montgomery created, and write a description of the setting.
Students will consider the complexities of the softwood lumber dispute and develop a plan of action to address the dispute.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will compare the collapse of other industries to that of the asbestos industry.
Students will build a case for government or industry negligence regarding asbestos.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students write a one-page editorial analyzing the Ben Johnson scandal and Johnson's culpability in it.
Students write an editorial arguing a point of view about art and censorship.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will research and write an independent case study of one episode of art censorship.
Students will pose a central question about art and censorship, create hypothesis statements about the question, and list arguments supporting their statements.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students use the medium of their choice to inform English Canadians about Antonine Maillet, her culture, and her works.
Students examine the Acadian language used in Maillet's works.
Students will detail arguments for and against government involvement in Inuit education.
Students will investigate archival materials for bias and stereotyping.
Students will write a short story based on elements of their own life.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will write an essay to examine the challenges and successes of individual Aboriginal people in Canada, analyze their success, and predict the impact for the future of Aboriginal peoples and communities in Canada.
Students write position papers about the current effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Students will look for examples of formal and informal language in a sample of Al Purdy's poetry and explain the impact of the two kinds of language.
Students will research the life and work of Canadian poet Al Purdy and write a report about his place in Canadian literature.
Students prepare and role-play a narrative describing the demolition of Africville and the relocation of its residents.
Students will identify the characteristics of a personality interview, then prepare and conduct one of their own.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will examine current environmental issues confronting governments, political leaders, and activist groups.
Students will examine the Canadian and American arguments regarding causes and effects of acid rain and debate the issue.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research the portrayal of Canadian women in television and radio programming from the 1940s to today. Students share their findings by writing and performing a vignette about the specific decade they researched.
Students create and perform a parody by reversing the gender roles in a television or radio clip broadcast between 1945 and 1969.
Students will investigate the repercussions of the residential school experience and express healing and reconciliation through a medium of their choice.
Students collect and organize information concerning recent issues affecting Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Topics may include the recent history of Aboriginal Peoples, the changes they have endured over the last 50 years, and the challenges they face as a result of their re-emergence as a collection of First Nations. Students then write an essay defining their position on the rebirth of aboriginal nationalism, answering the question of how Canadian governments should support aboriginal efforts to establish self-determination or of how Canadian governments and churches should acknowledge and redress historical aboriginal grievances. Students will explore the following topics on the CBC Archives website: Georges Erasmus: Native Rights Crusader, The Oka Crisis, Creation of Nunavut, An Inuit Education: Honouring a Past, Creating a Future, A Lost Heritage: Canada's Residential Schools, James Bay Project and the Cree
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will investigate current issues in the aboriginal community and present their findings to the class.
In this introductory activity, students listen to war interviews with soldiers and analyze their effectiveness.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students identify, and use presentation software to create a timeline of major events of the Second World War.