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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Morgentaler in His Own Words

Social Studies, Visual Arts, English Language Arts
1 to 2 lessons
To examine a person's opinions
Students will identify personally relevant quotations from or about Dr. Henry Morgentaler and create a collage to illustrate their choices.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students if they have ever felt strongly or held an unpopular opinion about an important issue. Brainstorm some of the issues and write them down on the board or chart paper. Ask: What would you risk to defend these issues? Being unpopular? Losing your family? Going to jail? Even death?

Outline the Opportunity

Have students view the clips titled "Morgentaler enters the abortion debate", "Stress and joy of notoriety", "Morgentaler's controversial legacy", and "Morgentaler's motivation" on the topic Dr. Henry Morgentaler: Fighting Canada's Abortion Laws on the CBC Digital Archives website. As they view, students will record, word for word, quotations from or about Morgentaler.

After viewing, students will select the five quotes they found the most interesting or intriguing. Students will create a collage incorporating these quotes and illustrating them in any way they wish.

Have students share their collage and explain why they chose their quotes and what the collage expresses.

Revisit and Reflect

Students will choose one quote from their display and write a response, agreeing or disagreeing with what is said.


Students can create an illustrated collage of quotations with their original thoughts on an issue important to them.

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