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Grades 6-8 (Grade 6 to Secondary 2 in Québec)
5 Days as the Prime Minister of Canada
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Diary Writing Project
5 Days as the Prime Minister of Canada - Diary Writing Project for Students.
- It's the year 2020.
- You are the Prime Minister of Canada.
- Because Canada developed a new and improved Canadarm, you were asked to join other country leaders in space for the inauguration of the International Space Station.
- This is a first. Just like Mackenzie King's first flight, this trip is not a common occurrence.
- Using a spidergram, brainstorm to get ideas.
- Write in the first person: "I was asked to give a speech..." Remember that you need to present the trip from a day-to-day perspective.
- Include your actions, thoughts, feelings, words and observations as the Prime Minister. What do you hear, feel, taste and smell. Remember to refer to the five senses.
- Show your feelings. How do we look and act when we are feeling:
- afraid (e.g., our heart pounds fast);
- excited (e.g., our hands tremble, our knees knock);
- nervous (e.g., we breathe quickly);
- happy (e.g., we smile, we laugh);
- tired (e.g., our eyes close);
- angry (e.g., we stand very still, we are tense).
Inauguration of the International Space Station—Agenda for the Prime Minister of Canada
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- Prepare for the trip.
- Get information from the Canadian Space Agency.
- Leave home and say goodbye to family members and friends.
- Meet the press to comment on the trip.
- Fly to the NASA launch facility.
- Get instruction from NASA specialists.
- Stay overnight at the launch facilities.
- Prepare for launch.
- Meet the astronauts and pilot of the Space Shuttle.
- Get equipment.
- Zero gravity - you are in space!
- Board the International Space Station.
- Meet the crew.
- Organize meals and sleeping arrangements.
- Take official tour of the International Space Station.
- Watch the Canadarm in action.
- Take a turn at controlling the Canadarm.
- Prepare for the official inauguration ceremony. It will be transmitted via satellite around the world.
- Give a speech.
- Attend an official dinner.
- Prepare to return to Earth.
- Attend farewell ceremony with crew.
- Return to Earth.
- Undergo health tests administered by a NASA specialist.
- Return home.
- Meet the press to comment on your trip.
- Meet with friends.