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Canada's Patriot Statesman

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Activity 2

Oral Presentation (drama, language)

Option 1

Students will write an informative or entertaining speech about Sir John. They can present their speeches in class, or enter them in local or community contests (e.g., the Royal Canadian Legion).

Possible ideas:

  1. What would you say in a eulogy for Sir John A. Macdonald?
  2. Do you agree or disagree with the decisions made about Louis Riel?
  3. Should a leader's personal life influence how he is remembered in history?

Option 2

Students will deliver a speech written by Sir John A. Macdonald. They can dress in period costume and take on the persona of Sir John. Their classmates can also play roles as hecklers, audience members, Sir John's wife and children, etc. (Note that various speeches by Sir John A. Macdonald are available online. Visit the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) First Among Equals website).