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Activity 1.1:
The Role of International Events

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1. Have students bring a variety of newspapers and news magazines (e.g. Maclean's, etc.) to class. In small groups, give students 15 minutes to look through the publications and cut out titles, images, and articles that are related to international events. (This can also be done with news websites, such as www.cbc.ca, www.canada.com, etc.)

2. Select 5 news items per group. Post the items on chart paper. Beside each example, write several points about how the event may or may not affect the daily life of Canadians.

3. In their groups, have students consider/discuss/ write down answers to the following questions:

  1. What are some consequences of these events in Canada?
  2. How would each event affect the laws in Canada?
  3. Is it possible for a nation to be completely independent of others? Why or why not?

4. Students may present their group's responses to the class as a whole.

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