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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Legends About Lacrosse

Social Studies, Political Science, English Language Arts, Physical Education
2 to 3 lessons
To examine the development of lacrosse in Canada and respond through creative writing
Students will write a legend that tells of the development of the game of lacrosse.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Have students discuss what they know about legends. Prompt them by asking them to talk about:

  • legends they already know
  • how legends are derived
  • the place of legends in Canada's history
  • the creative elements of legends.

Students can review their understanding of the legend genre by reading legends in books or online.

Outline the Opportunity

Working in pairs, students research the development and origin of lacrosse as Canada's national summer sport. Direct them to the topic Lacrosse: A History of Canada's Game on the CBC Digital Archives website and the web links, such as The National Lacrosse League's website. Have them record their findings.

Have students read the legend in the clip "The tale of Mong the loon and Kaikak the hawk." They can use it as a model as they write their own legend about how the game of lacrosse originated and how it is connected with nature.

Revisit and Reflect

Have students share their legends orally with other classes and discuss lacrosse as Canada's national summer sport. Ask the students what impact did presenting information about lacrosse through an oral legend have? Would they have responded differently if you had presented the information in another way, for example, as a factual lecture?


Students can rewrite their legends as a play and act them out, or paint a mural to represent their legends.


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