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Lesson Plan:

For Teachers: Presenting Suzuki’s Issues

Type: Webquest
Duration: 2 to 3 lessons
Purpose: To research an issue, to create an oral presentation to share findings
Summary: Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research and prepare an oral presentation on an issue that would interest David Suzuki.


As an activist, scientist, and environmentalist, David Suzuki confronts issues ranging from genetically modified foods to civil rights. Students can complete additional study about one or more of the issues he confronts. You can modify this activity to fit relevant areas in your course of study.

The Task

Direct students to the topic David Suzuki: Scientist, Activist, Broadcaster on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have them view any clips they wish and from among them, choose an issue they would like to explore further. Students will conduct in-depth research on their chosen issues and create an oral presentation to share their findings.

The Process

Students can work individually or in groups. After choosing a topic, students will use web-based resources, as well as other relevant resources, to conduct their research. As they work, students should keep accurate notes and record the sources they consult and cite.

To begin preparing their presentation, students should write a thesis statement about their topic. (If you wish, have students complete an outline for their presentation before they begin working.) Students will need to consider what support materials they will need for their presentation (audio-visual equipment, handouts, and so on).

When students have completed a draft of their presentation, they should rehearse it for a peer, and then make any revisions necessary before completing their final version.


Have students share their presentation with the class. Students should be prepared to ask and answer questions. After each presentation, hold a brief class discussion about the issue. After several or all presentations have been given, consider discussing how students feel all of the issues relate to one another, and why they might be issues of interest to someone like Suzuki.

Resources for This Topic

Suzuki, David and Holly Dressel. Good News for a Change: How Everyday People Are Helping the Planet. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2003.

Suzuki, David and Peter Knudtson. Wisdom of the Elders. Toronto: Stoddart, 2001.