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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Acadians

History, Social Studies
1 to 2 lessons
To identify the causes and results of the expulsion and exile of the Acadians
In this introductory activity, students will learn about the Acadians and their role in New Brunswick’s history.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Write "New Brunswick" on the board or chart paper. Have students brainstorm what they know about the province and its history. If not offered by the students, identify Acadians and Louis Robichaud.

Outline the Opportunity


In small groups, have students review the clips "Expulsion and exile", "Growing up Acadian", and "Isolated French" on the topic The 'Other Revolution': Louis Robichaud's New Brunswick on the CBC Digital Archives website. Students should also view the Did You Know? section for each clip. They can also browse the topic Antonine Maillet, Acadian Avenger.  As they browse, groups will complete a chart to record the following:

Causes of the exile
Results of the exile
Remaining questions

Revisit and Reflect


Have groups volunteer information from their charts and record it on a class chart. Post the class chart in a visible location for reference during the remainder of the lessons on this topic. Add to the chart as students offer information not already included.


Students can create a timeline of the key historical events from the early 1600s to the present to illustrate the history of the Acadians. Interested students can use the other clips on the topic to complete their timeline.

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