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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Immigration and Discrimination

History, Political Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Engish Language Arts
1 lesson
To respond creatively to a text
Students will produce a creative work in response to clips about Canada’s reaction to Canadian citizens of Iraqi descent during the 1991 Gulf War.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students to identify their pre-Canadian ancestry. Invite them to recount family stories of events experienced by themselves or their ancestors once they came to Canada. Pay particular attention to examples of discrimination by either the Canadian government or Canadians in general.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic The 1991 Gulf War on the CBC Digital Archives website to view the clip "Immigration restricts Iraqi and Palestinian visitors."  Individually, in pairs, or in small groups, have students produce a creative work of their choice: short play, poem, story, collage, and so on, in response to the clips.

Revisit and Reflect

Invite students to present their creative work. After several presentations, brainstorm a list of regulations the students would enact to protect Canada from terrorists while maintaining the rights of new Canadians.


Students can write a persuasive paragraph outlining their opinion of the way Iraqi Canadians were treated during the 1991 Gulf War. Have them compare the Iraqi stories with the stories of their own families.

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