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A Lesson Plan
Intended Grades: Grades 9 to 11, Secondary 4 and 5 in the province of Quebec
The following lesson plan is intended to be part of the social sciences curriculum. It should be used while teaching about Canada and the Second World War. The events surrounding conscription are explored.
The activities included in this lesson plan will guide students, and prompt them to explore the William Lyon Mackenzie King Diaries. The diaries are an extraordinary literary achievement that provide a valuable insight into Canadian history. According to the noted critic, Robert Fulford, Mackenzie King's diaries "might turn out to be the only Canadian work of our century that someone will look at in 500 years."
The students will:
Context Setting and Preparation Activities
This is a paper-based activity in which students are asked to help Mackenzie King's official biographer. They become active members of the research team. Each student will be guided through a discovery-based learning activity. They are tasked with finding passages in Mackenzie King's diaries relevant to the Canadian conscription, writing a draft of the events as seen through the eyes of the Prime Minister, and then providing their own thoughts and insights.
A virtual quiz to help students verify their knowledge of conscription events. This captivating quiz provides students with background information and multiple-choice questions.