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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Perspectives on the Seaway

Type:
Assignment
Subjects:
Social Studies, Science, Geography
Duration:
1 to 2 lessons
Purpose:
To understand different perspectives on an issue
Summary:
Students prepare a visual presentation on a given aspect of the Seaway.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

If students have done the activity St. Lawrence Seaway Timeline, review their work as a class. If they have not done the activity, they can do it now. Alternatively, have students browse the topic The St. Lawrence Seaway: Gateway to the World on the CBC Radio and Television Archives Web site for 30 minutes and list any issues they think are important in the history of the Seaway project.

Outline the Opportunity

 

Divide the class into groups of three or four. Present the following topics:

 

Science and technology

Human impact

Economics and business

Politics

Environmental issues

Have each group choose a theme, then have them go to the topic The St. Lawrence Seaway: Gateway to the World on the CBC Digital Archives website. Group members will divide the viewing of the clips and take notes, then share their information with their group. Together, each group will complete a visual presentation about its topic.

Revisit and Reflect

 

Have groups share their presentations. Ask students to describe something they learned from another presentation and how they think that information relates to their own.


Extension

After the presentation of all topics, have students compose a short essay on whether the Seaway was worth constructing. Their closing paragraph should include their thoughts on the future of the Seaway.

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