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Canada's Patriot Statesman

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Educational Resources (continued)

Activity 1

Essay Contest (language, computer technology)
Possible topics by grade (these topics might apply to various activities listed in this document):

Grade 5 (ages 10 to 11)
British North America Act
Describe in detail the basics of the system of government that Sir John established and that we follow today.

Grade 6 (ages 11 to 12)
Free Trade
Sir John fought two campaigns against the idea of free trade with the United States, calling it "veiled treason." Discuss how Sir John's actions affect Canadian society today.

Grade 7 (ages 12 to 13)
Annexation
Describe how the threat of annexation by the United States played a role in Macdonald's vision of a united Canada.

Grade 8 (ages 13 to 14)
Rebellions
Describe the causes and results of the Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870 and the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, and explain the role of key individuals.

Grade 9/Senior 1 (ages 14 to 15)
Political System
Why did Sir John choose to base Canada's political system on the British parliamentary model?

Or

Justice

Hang him or pardon him? Discuss Sir John's treatment of Louis Riel.