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In this lesson, students will develop creative and critical thinking skills as they examine the Canadian Identity -- its elements and the influences that go into its creation and evolution. The activities guide the students to make informed decisions based on logical reasoning and backup evidence. Teachers are encouraged to adapt the activities and evaluation strategies to complement their individual programs and the age group and abilities of their students.

The lesson is made up of four main learning activities. This includes one interactive activity. Suggestions for supplemental activities on this theme are also included. Student handouts and evaluation rubrics are included for each of the learning activities.

Overall expectations

By the end of the unit students will

  • Understand the elements of Canadian identity;
  • Understand that the Canadian identity is shaped by our people, events, values, attitudes and cultures as they have emerged from our history and geography;
  • Understand how outside influences have affected the Canadian identity;
  • Understand how and why the Canadian government has tried to promote a common Canadian identity and evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts;
  • Demonstrate creative and critical decision making skills;
  • Demonstrate cooperative learning skills;
  • Demonstrate competency in the use of internet sites for research and learning enjoyment;
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating research findings and creative ideas using a variety of media.

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