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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Serving Our Traditions and History

Type:
Introductory
Subjects:
Science, English Language Arts
Duration:
2 to 3 lessons
Purpose:
To identify how food is related to traditions and history
Summary:
In this introductory activity, students will write creatively to reflect on how Canadian food is tied to our traditions and history.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students to complete the download sheet Serving Our Traditions and History. Have students share their results with three other students. Ask each group to identify the foods it thinks are truly Canadian. Ask each group to choose the one item from its list that they think is truly Canadian. As each item is named, discuss how Canadian food is an important part of our history and many of our celebrations and traditions.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic My Canada Includes Tourtière on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have students browse the clips "Traditional native food", "What's in a name?", "Vive la poutine!", and "Wild about fiddleheads" and read the accompanying text for each clip. Students will use the information to help them write creatively to reflect on how Canadian food is tied to our traditions and history. They might write a tall tale, a poem, a series of anecdotes, a story, or any writing format of their choice. Before they begin, brainstorm as a class to explore topics that students might use for their writing.

 

Revisit and Reflect

 

Have students share their writing in small groups. Publish the writing as a class book called Serving Our Traditions and History.

 

Extension

 

Students can interview an older person in their community and collect stories about foods connected to their families' traditions and history.


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