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“Canada! Canadian Identity - 14 Informational Texts and Activities” was created for teachers who have a component on Canadian identity in their social studies or language curriculum. This resource is probably best used for grades 5-7 students and with upper level ESL students (intermediate, high school, and adult). This resource would also be appropriate for celebrating our 150th anniversary in 2017.
Fourteen original passages (written by me) on different aspects of Canada’s culture as it relates to our identity. They run the gamut from lighthearted (poutine!) to serious (the history of Chinese Canadians). The passages are organized by provinces and territories and the topics are:
Canada: Our Flag
Newfoundland and Labrador (place names)
Prince Edward Island (potatoes)
Nova Scotia (Scottish heritage)
New Brunswick (Acadian/French heritage)
Ontario (Niagara Falls)
Manitoba (polar bears)
Saskatchewan (grain elevators)
Alberta (Calgary Stampede)
British Columbia (Chinese heritage)
Yukon (Klondike gold rush)
Northwest Territories (Hudson’s Bay Company)
--- Each passage is about 350 words in length and is accompanied by 4 questions which assess understanding of reading and elicit opinions as well. The last question is about language use;
--- There is pre-reading activity of 8 discussion questions on identity, which I am also offering as a free item. I have numbered them on one page, and not on the second, in case a teacher wants to use just some of the topics. The topics can be used as group work in whatever way works for the class. I have also included a simple recording organizer (students of course can use their notebooks for this). The topics and recording sheet may be utilized in an interactive notebook as well;
--- Following the passages is a post-reading Vocabulary activity: one word has been chosen from each passage and students choose from four words the one which one has been used correctly in each sentence. It goes one step beyond a fill-in-the-blank: three of the words are used correctly (the students are supplied with this hint). The students CAN complete this activity without reading all fourteen of the passages;
--- A full answer key for the passages and the vocabulary activity is included, as is a page of source references for the websites and books that I used; attribution for images is included as well.
I understand that I have only scratched the surface of what “Canadian Identity” is, and could not possibly include everything that would come under that topic’s umbrella. Hopefully the passages will get your students thinking and talking!
This resource is part of a bundle of four products all relating to Canadian identity: Canadian Identity Bundle of 4
It is also part of my Canadian Identity Mega Bundle of 9 resources which is priced at a discount for buying all nine together: