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SS 10 Assignment # 5A Louis Riel Debate/Trial

Name ________________________________ Block _________

*Partner ____________________________ (optional)

Your Position for Debate/Trial __________________________ (Red=Defense/Hero/Innocent; Black= Prosecutor/Criminal/Guilty)

*Please staple this sheet to your Story Book Part 5B.

Louis Riel is considered one of the most important figures in Canadian History. His leadership of the Metis in both the Red River (1869) and North West Rebellions (1885) has sparked over a century of debate concerning his character. To French-speaking Canada, Riel is a symbol of the injustices English-speaking Canada have imposed on them since Confederation, and a hero/martyr in the on-going struggle between the two “warring nations”. To others he is simply an egotistical madman rebel who betrayed his country.

Part A Debate:

In the next week you will be preparing YOUR CASE to either defend or prosecute Louis Riel’s actions in both rebellions.


2 videos-Louis Riel Part 1 and 2; Horizons pp 155-162, 192-197; Canada Revisited pp 209-222, 248-253

  • Other web sources will be posted on the wiki under ‘links’

Assessment :

/20 marks based on debating skills/preparation

The Debate will take place on FRIDAY NOV 14
Assignment #5B: Louis Riel Storybook: Superhero or Supervillian?

Imagine…You have to explain to your younger brothers, sisters or cousins the story of Louis Riel and the Red River/ Northwest Rebellions, would you portray him as a Hero or a Villain?

Your task is to construct a Louis Riel Storybook. This storybook must include 4 of the key events and 3 of the key people we have discussed in this unit section. You also need to include an obvious bias…either portraying Riel as a “Superhero” or as a “Traitor/Villain”.

Your books will contain both text and illustrations.

Your story must be at least 6 storybook pages in length and show a clear understanding of the events discussed.
Storybooks will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Catchy Title /2

Content (Understanding of events) /10

Artistic Impression (organization, colour, /5

Spelling & Grammar /3

Bias/ P.O.V. (consistent through out) /5

= /25
***Part B Due Date: Tuesday November 18th, 2008***

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