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Through the story of the Irish Potato Famine, students will see the historical links between events in other parts of the world and their effects on Canadian society. They will explore how the Canadian government, politicians, policy makers, and communities must respond to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Using the Canada Gazette and additional sources, students will examine the main events and challenges of the Irish Potato Famine. They will explore the role of government, at that time, in protecting the health and safety of Canadians. Using their research, they will write "memos" to various "Ministers" suggesting a plan of action for a particular government department in dealing with this challenge.
Handout 2.1 The Challenge Ahead
Handout 2.2 Collecting the Facts
Handout 2.4 Secret Memo to the Minister
Handout 2.5 Facing the Scrum!
Rubric 2.1 Research Skills
Rubric 2.2 Memo Assessment and Group Work Self-Assessment
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