The following lesson plans are suitable for students in grades 9 and 10.
Students dramatize one of Sue Rodriguez's court appearances, outlining the arguments of lawyers on both sides.
Students will write a persuasive essay supporting the pro or con position on the role of the federal government in developing provincial natural resources.
Students will chart the positive and negative impact of the oil industry on the province of Alberta and discuss the issues.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will analyze and compare corporate codes of conduct of Canadian companies.
Students will explore and debate the advantages and disadvantages of corporate social responsibility versus increased government regulation.
Students will examine create a timeline to show the events in the rise of suburbs in Canada.
Students will consider and debate whether Sir John A. Macdonald's birthday should be declared a national holiday.
Students research the conditions that led to strikes and union formation in the garment industry and draw a conclusion through guided listening/viewing.
Students analyze the response of world media and the United Nations to the growing threat of, and eventual, genocide in Rwanda.
Students examine and respond to art works that relate to Roméo Dallaire during his time in Rwanda.
Students will write an essay supporting their opinion on the need for universal daycare in Canada.
Students will explore how the business of farming is reflected in the local supermarket and in the products we buy.
Using a variety of web-based resources, student will research and write an article for a business magazine about the impact of farming on Canada's economy.
Students research the use of pesticides and non-chemical control of pests that affect Canadian forests and create a pamphlet or information poster to share their ideas.
Students will debate a decision to change the voting age.
Students outline the key elements of a complaint report.
Students explore Canada's response to tuberculosis from the 1940s to the 1960s and role-play to show the range of experiences for those with active TB.
Students role-play reactions to the Omnibus Bill based on their knowledge of the House of Commons.
Students define these terms and explain and apply them in relationship to the political careers of Pierre Trudeau and other Canadian or world leaders.
Students will create a timeline of the important developments in Canadian politics and Tommy Douglas' role in those developments.
Students write a journal in the voice of a Canadian missionary working abroad.
Students use maps and media reports to track the path of Hurricane Hazel from its origins in the Caribbean to eastern North America, and describe its impact along the way.
Students will complete web-based research on a range of hurricane related topics and present their findings.
Students will explore portions of the site in small groups, summarize the clips they have viewed, and generate and pose questions for discussion.
Students prepare a visual presentation on a given aspect of the Seaway.
Students create a collage illustrating the theme of one of the clips from the CBC Digital Archives website.
Students write positions on whether Canadian soldiers should be held to a higher standard than people in other professions.
Students gather information and impressions to write an imaginary letter from a soldier in Somalia to family in Canada.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will find information about, and report on, the type of storm system that led to the Saguenay Flood.
Students compare news reports to identify and evaluate inaccuracies and discrepancies in news information over time.
Students will examine the lighter side of bilingualism and create a political cartoon.
Students will discuss how politics and the economy, under Robichaud and Irving, worked together in the development of New Brunswick.
Students answer questions in role as a major figure involved in the Oka crisis.
Groups of students research and share presentations about various independence movements in Quebec.
Students will research the responsibilities of businesses, government, and workers regarding safety in the oil industry and hold an open forum to determine liability, award amounts, and award recipients following the Ocean Ranger disaster.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research oil rig accidents, prepare a report about the accident, analyze the safety conditions at the time, and provide recommendations on how the accident could have been avoided.
Students will list the pros and cons of maintaining campus traditions that are considered sexist, then debate their arguments.
Students will complete a timeline of the events and effects of the Montreal Massacre.
Students analyze the accuracy of imagery used in a speech by Joe Clark and find examples to support their opinion.
Students study people's reactions to the ice storm, discuss them, and prepare a dramatic monologue to describe how they would have reacted in the same situation.
Students will present an accurate, live, video news account of the Halifax Explosion.
Students will research Tom Thomson's death and defend a position on whether he was murdered or died of natural causes.
Students listen to and evaluate archived and current radio news reports, and create their own radio news reports about the flag debate issue.
Alone or in pairs, students conduct a labour "scavenger hunt" on the web to better understand union effects and the processes for organizing unions.
Students debate the advantages and disadvantages of contracting manufacturing work to developing countries.
Students use a K-W-L chart to prepare and present a summary of the key debate points on the fluoridation issue.
Students hold a horseshoe debate on the resolution that the 1995 Quebec referendum question was unclear and a "Yes" vote would have led to Quebec's separation from Canada.
Students research the contributions and commemorations of Canada's First World War soldiers and create an artwork to respond to their research.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research the innovations of war that ended up making the First World War particularly horrific and prepare and deliver an oral presentation about one innovation and its impact.
Using a variety of online resources and using controversies over beer advertising as a launch point, students investigate Canadian advertising regulatory bodies and determine what people can do if they have a complaint about an advertisement.
Using a variety of sources, students will explore current and historical responses to medical crises.
Students will examine the facts about AIDS and create an information pamphlet.
Students prepare a broadcast retrospective of Bourassa's political career and analyze and discuss the factors that contribute to political success.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students examine the ongoing historical controversy surrounding the raid at Dieppe and will debate whether the raid was worthwhile for the eventual information it provided.
Students research and dramatize the planning, objectives, execution, and consequences of the Dieppe raid.
Students develop campaign material to support or refute the construction of a "fixed link" between PEI and N.B.
Students will create a political cartoon examining the issue of Canada becoming a welfare state.
Students will create a visual display to share information about a key figure involved in the history of birth control in Canada.
Students research the goals of the Man in Motion World Tour and learn whether they were met, in spite of major obstacles.
Using the CBC Digital Archives website and other relevant resources, students will research the major historical events that took place in Canada during the Trudeau era (1968-84), focusing particularly on Pierre Trudeau's impact on Canadian politics ("Trudeaumania"); the causes, events, and results of the October Crisis of 1970; the major developments in the debate over the reform of Canada's Constitution during the Trudeau administration; and the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline of the early 1970s and public reaction to it. Students will research these topics and others of interest to them from the Trudeau era, and work in groups to prepare and present either a newspaper account or a broadcast newsmagazine about these events.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the aftermath of the Berger Pipeline Inquiry and prepare a report detailing what has happened to the pipeline project since the publication of the Inquiry's report.
Students will research the issues surrounding both the development of the northern pipeline and the results of the Berger Inquiry, then hold class debates about chosen issues.
Students examine and debate the issue of aboriginal fishing rights and set up a classroom court to find a resolution.
Students create and vote in a class plebiscite on an issue of their choice, identifying characteristics of majority and minority interests.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research and form an opinion on the extent to which the Canadian government should be open to aboriginal land claims. They will use presentation software to share their information.
In role as a major figure involved in the issue, students will debate the appropriateness of the cancellation of the Avro Arrow project.
Students will identify the main points of the Auto Pact and explain the planned benefits of each point to Canada and the United States.
In small groups, students research and deliver a presentation about the role of a Canadian or Canadians who have had important relationships with China in recent years.
Through collage, students will identify and analyze the importance of industries related to the auto industry.
Students will stage a retrial of Louis Riel on the charge of treason, and render a verdict as a class.
Students will write a letter to the Canadian government to express the emotional impact on the families of the victims of the Air India disaster.
Working in groups, students prepare a position paper about, then discuss, the use of chemical and biological weapons in the Gulf War.
Students will explore human interest stories from the Second World War and investigate the value of such reports.
Students prepare and present a role-play interview with René Lévesque.
Students will write a speech in role as a B.C. Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) explaining why Japanese Canadians were not a threat to Canada during the Second World War.
Students will explore the Pope's attitude toward Canada's Aboriginals and investigate to what degree his visit in 1984 impacted the creation of Nunavut.
Groups of students analyze different clips from the CBC Digital Archives website, then share their information with the class to gain a broader understanding of the debate on religion in the classroom.
Students write journal entries in-role as Terry Fox or a close companion.
Students identify the significant events in the development of the debate over religion in the classroom, and create a timeline to share their information.
Students will examine the role of Canada's military and debate whether it is large enough to perform its role well.
Students will prepare presentations about issues surrounding the debate over medical marijuana use in Canada.
Students analyze Phil Fontaine's political career and record the reasons for his successes and failures on a T-chart.
Students will explore and evaluate the decisions Phil Fontaine has made as a political leader.
Students compare one story that appears in three news media (newspaper, television, radio).
Students use a checklist to analyze and summarize an interview conducted by Peter Gzowski.
Students examine the seal hunt ban and participate in a town-hall meeting to discuss both sides of the issue.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will produce a display to showcase the history and assess the future of UN peacekeeping.
Students examine the structure of the United Nations and debate its effectiveness.
Students reflect on the sacrifices of peacekeepers and of inhabitants of war-torn areas and write and illustrate a poem comparing and connecting these groups.
Students will create a broadcast retrospective or a mock interview to share information about Oscar Peterson's musical career, major achievements, and national and international significance.
Students will act as campaign advisers on recent Ontario elections.
In this introductory activity, students will conduct research about the nature of alliances, the formation of NATO, and Canada's role as a founding member of NATO.
Students will conduct research about a moral issue Canada faced in the 1960s because of its membership in NATO, and form an opinion about Canada's response.
Students analyze the extent to which Canada has honoured its commitments to NATO.
Students create a Venn diagram comparing reasons for Canada's peacekeepers to leave a peacekeeping mission.
Students will create and perform a simulated radio broadcast about Paul Martin's departure from the cabinet as minister of finance.
Students role-play a scene between a recruiting officer and a female applicant during the Second World War.
Students will research and vote for a quintessential Canadian food.
Students role-play a meeting between an American president and a Canadian prime minister.
Students write a letter from the ship, in role as a war bride or as an escort officer, describing the challenges of travelling from Great Britain to Canada during or after the Second World War.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research, prepare, and simulate an on-location television report about war brides' recollections of their experiences.
Students will orally support an opinion about the justification of protest.
Students investigate Canada's "Golden Age" to identify the events and accomplishments that created this label.
Students will screen a controversial film by Norman Jewison and prepare a brief presentation about the film's message.
Students compare and contrast the merits of the message of an award-winning story in light of recent findings.
Students will investigate McLuhan's concepts of "hot" and "cool" media and define current media using those terms.
Students analyze one or two clips about Margaret Laurence in detail.
Students create newspaper headlines highlighting Pearson's role in establishing the first United Nations peacekeeping forces.
Students will analyze various personality interviews with Leonard Cohen.
Students will create a tribute to Cohen for a music award show.
Students will compare the speed and height of satellites to those of other objects which might impact on satellite deployment.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the effect of satellites on our lives, write an essay supporting an opinion on the issue, and debate the issue in groups.
Students will develop a promotional poster, radio spot, or newspaper advertisement for the sport of lacrosse.
Students will synopsize and analyze an interview with Margaret Atwood.
Students write a first-person paper describing the experience of being in space.
Students will contribute five hours of their time to a social action activity. They will complete an action plan that describes their project idea and tracks their progress.
Students write a poem or song about someone they respect.
Students examine and compare qualities that make people popular.
Students write a proposal for a commemorative plaque to acknowledge Kim Campbell's contribution to Canada.
Students will debate whether Canadians and tourists have the right to access the grounds of the governor general's home.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students conduct research about the career accomplishments and awards of Karen Kain and then present their findings using multi-media technology.
In this activity, partners create a visual display to show their results after researching Karen Kain's successes and challenges.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students research "firsts" among Canadian women and prepare and present a "Who Am I?" oral presentation about one woman for the class to identify.
Students create a game based on the challenges and rewards of Jean Chrétien's career.
Students role-play a newspaper journalist to write a feature article about an amateur athlete in Canada.
Students will write an editorial to demonstrate agreement or disagreement with Canada's role in supporting United Nations' actions in Korea.
Students will write a position paper on the causes and effects of mercury poisoning.
Students discuss in an open forum the positive and negative aspects of the internet.
Students will work in small groups to identify the factors that hindered the successful prosecution of Imre Finta.
Students will investigate the impact of hydroelectric power plants on river flow and landscape and create maps and fact sheets to illustrate their findings.
Students will role-play an interview with a fisherperson to examine the emotional effect of the fall of the cod fishery.
Students explore the dynamics between hippies and authority figures and create a T-chart outlining the concerns and arguments of both sides.
Students will identify the benefits and drawbacks of Bill 101.
Students will participate in a town-hall or mock-talk show forum to share human experiences around Newfoundland's joining of Confederation.
Students create a museum display depicting the jobs, technology, and risks associated with fighting fires.
Students will debate the advantages and disadvantages of mandatory fitness programs for students and/or citizens.
Students will investigate the issue of aboriginal self-government and identify and present proposals that could resolve difficulties between First Nations and the government of Canada.
Students debate the pros and cons of biotechnology.
Students will write a journal entry in role as swimmer Marilyn Bell.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students identify job prospects that relate to their generation, and compare their futures to Generation X, culminating with a slide presentation.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will research a women's issue of personal interest, then prepare and deliver a persuasive speech on the topic.
Students complete a discussion web about the impact of economic cycles on employment prospects for Generation X.
Students will investigate the connotations of the word "feminism" and discuss the role of feminism for women of today and of the next generation.
Students will identify facts and opinions in the arguments surrounding the abortion debate.
Students will examine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and determine if and how it was used to defend Dr. Morgentaler.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students prepare a display or a web page, including a written essay, comparing and contrasting the assassination of Dr. Gerald Bull to the assassination of another historical figure.
Students will conduct research on a local environmental issue and present their views, as well as the range of opinion, in a position paper.
Students create a spy story using the facts surrounding the assassination of Dr. Gerald Bull.
Students will identify ways that Canadians have helped one another in times of need and analyze how actions help create a national identity.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will investigate ways to prevent, mitigate, and resolve periods of drought on the Canadian prairies, and then use presentation software to prepare and deliver a plan to address the issue.
Students will examine two famous Canadian death penalty cases and express their findings in writing.
Students dramatize one of the federal elections in which Ed Broadbent was involved.
Students will analyze factors that contribute to business success and failure.
Students examine the factors that contribute to customer loyalty and perform market research on how Canadian companies can create a loyal customer base.
Students will examine and compare embedded reporting in the Second World War and today.
Students will create posters to highlight how Innu communities are working toward healing.
Pairs of students will create an outline for a multi-media profile of David Suzuki.
Students will create an advertisement designed to curb smoking among their peers.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will investigate and write a 300- to 500-word position paper, detailing their perspective on smuggling.
Students identify a challenging issue in the formation of Nunavut and write a position paper to share their view on the issue.
Students create a collage of images of Canadians found in Canadian films and analyze the way those images portray Canadians.
Students assess whether the compensation for a given group of veterans is equitable.
Students write and perform skits detailing inequitable responses to similar challenges.
Students take on the roles of key figures in the Meech Lake debate and discuss their points of view.
Students will prepare a simulated documentary connecting Dr. Norman Bethune's life to significant historical events and developments of the 20th century.
Students will outline key events that took Brian Mulroney from his high to low points as Prime Minister.
Students create a flowchart or web representation of how computer use spread throughout our society.
Students will prepare a documentary-style dramatization or narrative about governmental and personal measures taken to ensure survival in the event of a nuclear war
Students create a poster to send to a would-be explorer of the Northwest Passage, warning of the challenges to exploration created by the geography of the region.
Students will debate the issues involved in current forest industry practices.
Students will examine the traits and characteristics of J. Armand Bombardier as an entrepreneur.
Students will debate how to ensure success when transferring a family business from one generation to the next.
Students will use a variety of web-based resources to understand the controversies over current forest industry practices and to present alternatives acceptable to both the forest industry and environmental groups.
Students role-play a radio broadcast interviewing both an archivist for and a critic of an exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The topic will be the extent of inclusion of Chinese workers in the exhibit.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students research, write, and present oral biographies of two notable Chinese-Canadians who have been recognized for their contributions to society.
Students examine types and degrees of racism and discrimination faced by Chinese-Canadians before and after the Second World War.
Students will write a persuasive essay to support or refute the claim that Frederick Banting should be considered the greatest Canadian.
Students write hard news and human-interest stories about the discovery of insulin.
Students prepare and present a political talk show about the patriation of the Constitution and the enactment of the Charter of Rights.
Students create a timeline or prepare a list of key terms and concepts related to Canada's constitutional history from the late 1960s to 1982.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will research and report on an issue related to the use of nuclear power, and make recommendations based on their work.
Students will write questions for, and participate in, a quiz show based on information about nuclear power.
Students will write a journal entry in role as a refugee from Vietnam.
Students will explore the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and debate the pros and cons of the issue.
Students write and role-play interviews reflecting the feelings and events of the 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey series.
Students analyze how Canadian wine producers have addressed each stage in the product life cycle of wine.
Students will write a personal opinion paper about the Queen's place in defining Canadian identity.
Students create a poster to raise earthquake awareness to the people of the city of Vancouver.
Using the CBC Digital Archives website, as well as other internet and traditional resources, students will work in groups to research and analyze information in order to formulate opinions and explain key elements of Canadian identity. From their research they will create a simulated television production that represents and justifies their group's opinion about Canadian identity. They will find their information by visiting the topics Canada's Constitutional Debate: What Makes a Nation?, The Great Canadian Flag Debate, and Ruling the Airwaves: The CRTC and Canadian Content.
Students will prepare a timeline of the major events, figures, issues, and developments in Canadian constitutional debates from Confederation to the mid-1960s.
Students create a presentation based on a specific perspective about the Canadarm project.
Students create a working model of the Canadarm.
Students will write a letter to the Canadian Radio and Broadcasting Commission, in existence from 1932 to 1936, stating their position for or against the regulation of Canadian content.
Students create a chart linking a scientific milestone to the development of telephone technology.
Students will assess the potential risks and benefits of therapeutic cloning and design posters to communicate the information.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research the viability of cloning to prevent the extinction of endangered organisms and present their findings as a speech to the World Wildlife Fund.
Students role-play interviews with some of the main figures involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
Students role-play a federal political leaders' debate from a past federal election.
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research and prepare a software-based demonstration supporting one side of the debate surrounding the chuckwagon races, which are a highlight of the annual Calgary Stampede.
Students will create promotional materials about the safety of a new ski and snowboard resort in British Columbia.
In this parallel activity to The Costs of the Softwood Lumber Dispute, students will identify the groups in Canada and the United States who benefit from the ongoing dispute over softwood lumber.
Using a variety of Web-based resources, students will investigate the origins, challenges, and positions formed in the ongoing disputes over the sale of softwood lumber from Canada to the United States.
In this parallel activity to Who Wins in the Softwood Lumber Dispute, students will examine the costs to Canadian industry and people as a result of the softwood lumber dispute.
Students will plan a celebration to mark the 2008 100th anniversary of the publication Anne of Green Gables in 2008.
Students will create a newscast or broadcast feature to illustrate the impact of the demise of the asbestos industry.
Students will identify, list, and discuss arguments for and against censoring art.
Students write interview questions that might have been used in the Dubin Inquiry and use some of them to conduct a mock-inquiry.
Students record a story that is part of the oral tradition of a community of which they are part.
Students write a one-paragraph summary about Antonine Maillet and her place in Acadian literature and history.
In groups, students examine the topic of Inuit education and present their information to one another.
Students will use a variety of web-based resources to research and create a newspaper supplement about the history of Inuit assimilation through the Canadian education system.
Students will examine the ideas of Douglas Cardinal and create an art work designed to show a human habitat that respects and blends with nature.
Students will explore Al Purdy's poetry and readings and write poems that convey a mood.
Using a variety of Web-based and other resources, students will choose a topic treated by Barbara Frum and investigate it further. They will share their findings in a formal essay.
Students investigate and discuss the issues involved in the decision to demolish Africville and relocate its residents, and determine personal views on it.
Students will view an interview and turn it into a print news story.
Students will prepare and present a news story about the economic and social consequences of acid rain.
In this introductory activity, students create a chart to compare and contrast current portrayals of Canadian women in the media to portrayals in the past.
Students create a broadcast to promote to women a CBC program from the years between 1945 to 1969.
Students find quotations illustrating woman's role in society and then create a political cartoon to share their opinions on that role and the media's place in portraying and influencing it.
Students will write diary entries from the perspective of an aboriginal student in a residential school.
Students read a primary source text and then create a personal response through a medium of their choice.
Students write diary entries, in role as soldiers, about the emotional impact of living through war.