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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Halton's View of Canada

Social Studies, Political Science
1 lesson
To understand our connections to Canada and other Canadians
In this introductory activity, students will explore Matthew Halton’s reflections on Canada and identify and express their own views on what Canada means to them.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students about their experiences travelling through Canada. This can include travelling to parts of their own city or town or travelling to other cities, provinces, or territories. Students should consider both physical geography and their experiences with other Canadians.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the clip "Matthew Halton speaks about Canada" on the topic Reports from Abroad: Matthew Halton, on the CBC Digital Archives website. As they listen, students should list three things Halton said that still apply to Canada and three things that no longer apply.

Revisit and Reflect

Brainstorm with the class what being Canadian meant to Halton and write responses on the board or chart paper. Ask students to offer points from their lists about what being Canadian still means and create a master list with the class. Ask: What have we lost as Canadians since the time of Halton's radio broadcast?


Students can use their journal to write a personal definition of what it means to be Canadian. Students should focus on what being a Canadian is, rather than what it's not.

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