Early Canadian history is introduced with an examination of its economic and historical settlement. Different regions are compared with regards to their major economic developments. Students are also asked to color a map that outlines the boundaries of Canada in 1825.
Upper Canada – Chpt 1(2)
The settlement of Upper Canada is the focus for this lesson. Differences between the Upper and Lower classes of immigrants are also examined.
Colonial Gov’t and the Need for Reform – Chpt 1(3)
This lesson focuses on the differences between representative and responsible government, as well as some of early Canada’s major reformers like William Lyon Mackenzie.
The Victorians – Chpt 2(1)
The Victorian influence on early Canada is examined. The Victorian attitude is discussed as is the desire for Confederation.
Building a Nation – Chpt 2(2)
Some of the economic and political reasons for confederation are discussed. Terms such as Political Deadlock are examined as are some of the politicians who put their differences aside to form a country.
Confederation Achieved / BNA Act – Chpt 2(3)
A look at the how and why of Confederation. Students will also examine the American influence on Confederation. Students will also be asked to organize the 5 major reasons for confederation into a graphic organizer.
Unit II – The Land and the People
Intro to the Geography of Western Canada – Chpt 3(1)
Overviews of the 3 geographic regions of Western Canada are examined.
Climates of Western Canada – Chpt 3(3)
Students are introduced to the different types of climates found in Western Canada. They will also examine the different kinds of precipitation and discuss water quality issues within Western Canada.
Natural Regions of Western Canada – Chpt 3(4)
Natural systems such as biomes and ecosystems are the main focus of this lesson. Students will be asked to identify some of these systems that are found in Western Canada.
11. The Cultural Landscapes of Western Canada – Chpt 3(5)
Human interaction and the development of culture as it relates to their geography is the focus of this lesson. Resource towns, geographic and artificial political boundaries are also examined.
The Northwest is 1800 – Chpt 4(1)
Louis Reil is introduced to students, as is an overview of the role of the NWC and the HBC in the development of the Northwest.
The merger of the HBC and the NWC is discussed as well as life in the Red River. Students are asked to create a brochure that would attract poor Scottish and Irish immigrant farmers to settle in the Red River.
The Red River Between 1860 and 1870 – Chpt 4(4)
The first divisions between the Metis and the Protestant Canadian immigrants to the Red River is the focus for this lesson. Students are asked to create a Pro-Metis poster that promotes the Metis cause.
The Metis Flee Westward – Chpt 5(1)
The 1st Red River Rebellion is examined. The treatment of the Metis and the role of Gabriel Dumont are also discussed.
The 1st Nation Peoples in the Northwest – Chpt 5(2)
The treatment of the 1st Nation Peoples are the focus for this lesson. Fort Whoop-Up, the Cypress Hill Massacre and the Native Treaties are also discussed. Students are also asked to identify and label the major native treaties on a map of the prairie provinces.
The National Dream – Chpt 5(3)
The initial creation of the continental railway is examined. Students are also asked to label the major cities along the original CPR route, as well as to identify both the proposed and actual routes.
The Northwest Rebellion of 1885 – Chpt 5(4)
Louis Reil returns to Manitoba and the subsequent conflicts that arise are the focus for this lesson.
The Oregon Territory and the Colony of Vancouver Island – Chpt 6(1)
This lesson examines the historical events surrounding the Oregon Territory. Concepts such as “54-40 or Fight!” and “Manifest Destiny” are also discussed alongside of the creation of the colony of Vancouver Island and Fort Victoria.
The Cariboo Gold Rush – Chpt 6(2)
The expansion of B.C. into the gold fields of the Cariboo is the focus for this lesson. Governor James Douglas’ response to the influx of American miners and their extraction of wealth is also examined.
The Colony of B.C. and the Emergence of Vancouver – Chpt 6(3)
The emergence of Vancouver as the dominate city in British Columbia is the focus for this lesson. The original native inhabitants are discussed as well as some of the city’s foundling fathers like “Gassy Jack” and David Openhiemer.
The Chinese in B.C. and Economic Diversity – 6(4)
The role of the Chinese immigrant population in the development of B.C. is examined alongside the emergence of development in the Kootenay’s and the Okanagan.
Emergence of Modern Canada – Chpt 7(1)
Prime Minister Laurier’s role in taking Canada into the 20th Century is a discussion point for this lesson. Canada’s desire to be an independent, international player is also examined with its role in the Boer war and the Alaskan Boundary Dispute.
The Laurier Boom – Chpt 7(2)
Immigration and the economic growth of Canada is examined in this lesson. Cliford Sifton’s role in populating the prairies is also discussed.
Closing the Door to Immigration and the Struggle for Human Rights – Chpt 7(3)
The women’s suffrage movement and the struggle for fair treatment by minorities, like the 1st Nations and East Indian peoples are examined in this lesson.
Using Statistics Like an Historian – Chpt 7(4)
This lesson focuses on examining tables and statistics and using that information to derive meaning. Students are also asked to read pages 209 and 270 or their texts to help them explain the dramatic rise in labour disputes in 1911.
The Changing Economy (20th C.) – Chpt 8(1)
The increase in urban population is combined with an examination of economic growth, regional disparity and globalization.
Economic Essentials – Chpt 8(2)
The focus for this lesson is to introduce the basic ideas and terminology used when discussing “Economics”. Goods, services, markets, economic sectors are all discussed.
Canada’s Economic Regions – Chpt 8(3)
This is a map assignment covering the 5 major economic regions of Canada. In addition to the maps, students are asked to specifically identify the major economic activities that occur in each region.
Canada and the U.S. : An Overview – Chpt 8(4)
Canada’s problems associated with being next door to an economic giant like the U.S. is the focus for this lesson.
Freer Trade in North America – Chpt 8(5)
The FTA and NAFTA are compared and discussed in this lesson. Canadian concerns over energy and water are also examined.
B.C.’s Resource’s / An Overview – Chpt 9(1)
This lesson focuses on B.C.s major industrial resources. Students are asked to identify and offer their opinion regarding B.C.’s forest practices.
Agriculture and Mining – Chpt 9(2)
The role of farming in B.C. is combined with an overview of B.C.’s mining industries. Students are also asked to read the article “Southern Exposure: Where have all the Mines Gone?” and then comment on the decline of mining B.C. during the 1990’s.
Fisheries and Water – Chpt 9(3)
B.C.’s fish industry is examined alongside its abundance of fresh water and rivers. The Fraser river is examined in detail and students are asked to use the internet to research B.C.’s growing sport fishing industry.
High Tech, Tourism and Demographics – Chpt 9(4)
B.C.’s High Tech industry is examined with its’ Tourism industry. Vancouver’s role as “Hollywood North” is also examined. Students are asked to identify some of the challenges associated with the large population growth in the Georgia Basin.
International Trade Agreements and Canada – Chpt 10(1)
Canada’s role in the emerging global market is the focus for this lesson. International trade agreements are discussed, as are the problems associated with multi-national corporations.
Canada and the Pacific Rim – Chpt 10(2)
Canada’s historical trade focus with Europe is compared to the increasing trade with the countries of the Pacific Rim. The importance of Japan as an economic superpower is also examined.
Freer Trade with the Americas – Chpt 10(3)
NAFTA, CCFTA and the FTAA are all discussed and examined from a Canadian perspective. Brazil’s role in the South American economy is also examined.
Canada’s Trade with Europe – Chpt 10(4)
Europe and the role of the EU regarding Canadian trade is examined in this lesson. Canada’s “Turbot War” of 1995 is contrasted with Canada’s need to be careful when “taking on” the EU.