Fathers of Confederation Living Wax Museum Description of Task



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Fathers of Confederation Living Wax Museum
Description of Task
Your assignment is to research a ‘Father of Confederation’ and create a characterization of this person to be included in the class’ living wax museum.
The Fathers of Confederation

Since Confederation was in some ways considered the birth of a new nation, the leaders from the colonies that participated in the Confederation conferences are called "Fathers" of Confederation. Even though Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island did not join Canada in 1867, the people they sent to the conferences are also known as Fathers of Confederation. You will choose your ‘Father’ from a random draw.



My ‘Father of Confederation’: ______________________________________________________


What is a wax museum?
A living wax museum consists of a collection of wax figures representing famous people from history or contemporary personalities exhibited in lifelike poses.
Students will be able to:


  • describe the internal and external political factors, key personalities, significant events, and geographical realities that led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, and to the growth of Canada as other provinces and territories joined Confederation

  • use a variety of resources and tools to gather, process, and communicate information about the needs and challenges that led to the formation and expansion of the Canadian federation

  • identify the roles of key individuals and the main events leading to the signing of the British North America Act

  • describe and analyze conflicting points of view about a historical issue or personality


Cross-curricular links:

Drama, LA – writing/reading, Oral Communication, Art


What you will need:

  1. One page biography – This is to be researched and written by YOU. The purpose is so you will understand your person more fully. Then, you will be able to better portray your character.



  1. Poster to be displayed beside you in the museum – This is to be neat, colourful, and creative. It is to be at least 8.5x14 (legal size paper) so it can easily be read. It is to contain the following things:

  • Name of ‘Father of Confederation’

  • Picture of him

  • Dates person lived

  • What the person was famous for during Canada’s Confederation

  • Top 3 most interesting pieces of information about the person



  1. A costume you can wear to become this person – This does not mean you have to look like the person’s twin. You must have a costume that is representative of the person and easily recognizable as something the person might wear.



  1. A pose – This will be your position in the wax museum. It should represent your character, should be comfortable to you, and can include any props you deem necessary, as long as they are realistic. You are required to bring everything you need for your setting and pose.



  1. A one-minute monologue – This is to be something that is spoken by you as that person. You must attempt to sound as that person would sound – accents, slang/jargon, tone of voice, inflection changes, etc. You will need to have movement (be doing something) as you speak. It should be relevant to the character. You may use props at this point. The monologue can be something the person actually said or something that you create for them to say. It must, however, be relevant and appropriate and represent your person well. You will turn in a written copy of your monologue into me for a mark. This MUST be memorized.

The ‘Living’ Wax Museum

You will be assigned a spot according to what your presentation requires. You will be required to “strike a pose”/freeze and be that person for the wax museum. Other classes and parents will be invited to come visit our wax museum. Our wax museum will be unique because our wax figures (you) will move and speak and “come to life”. You will perform your monologue and movements when touched on the shoulder. When finished, you will return to your original pose. This will take practice and timing on your part. Preparation is the key to your success.







































Archibald, Sir Adams George (Nova Scotia)

Brown, George (Ontario)

Campbell, Sir Alexander (Ontario)

Carter, Sir F. B. T. (Newfoundland)

Cartier, Sir George-Étienne (Quebec)

Chandler, Edward Barron (New Brunswick)

Chapais, Jean-Charles (Quebec)

Cockburn, James (Ontario)

Coles, George (Prince Edward Island)

Dickey, Robert Barry (Nova Scotia)

Fisher, Charles (New Brunswick)

Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (Quebec)

Gray, John Hamilton (New Brunswick)

Gray, John Hamilton (Prince Edward Island)

Haviland, Thomas Heath (Prince Edward Island)

Henry, William Alexander (Nova Scotia)

Howland, William Pierce (Ontario)

Johnson, John Mercer (New Brunswick)

Langevin, Sir Hector-Louis (Quebec)

Macdonald, Andrew Archibald (Prince Edward Island)

Macdonald, Sir John A. (Ontario)

McCully, Jonathan (Nova Scotia)

McDougall, William (Manitoba)

McGee, Thomas D'Arcy (Quebec)

Mitchell, Peter (New Brunswick)

Mowat, Sir Oliver (Ontario)

Palmer, Edward (Prince Edward Island)

Pope, William Henry (Prince Edward Island)

Ritchie, John William (Nova Scotia)

Shea, Sir Ambrose (Newfoundland)

Steeves, William Henry (New Brunswick)

Taché, Sir Étienne-Paschal (Quebec)

Tilley, Sir Samuel Leonard (New Brunswick)

Tupper, Sir Charles (Nova Scotia)

Whelan, Edward (Prince Edward Island)

Wilmot, Robert Duncan (New Brunswick)


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