The resource begins with a student survey about our national anthem, great for initiating discussion and finding out what students know or what they think! The lines on the right of the page are for students to jot down possible answers (useful for group work). An answer key is included for the survey (I have not numbered the survey page).
The passages (both levels are titled “O Canada, The Story of our National Anthem”) are written at two levels for a total of just over four text pages. The higher level text, designed for grades 7-8 is slightly longer and includes a bit of extra information. Both reading passages are numbered 1-2-3 and page 4 is a page of comprehension and opinion questions. Please note the question page is the same for both levels, and is included TWICE, each time at the end of the texts. There is a one-page answer key for the questions.
The passages cover the history of our national anthem included the changes that were officially introduced in 2018 for the lyrics of the English version. At the end of both sets of texts is a brief passage about MP Mauril Belanger who was instrumental in changing the lyrics after introducing the private member’s bill in 2016. He saw the bill pass but died before the new lyrics were officially introduced to Canadians.
Also included on page 3 are three versions of O Canada: the French version, the new English lyrics version, and the bilingual version.
The two resources in this bundle can be bought separately:
O Canada Informational Texts and Activities Grades 7-8
O Canada Informational Texts and Activities Grades 5-6
This resource is part of my Canada Day bundle.
Canada Day Bundle of 3 Resources