Welcome Grade 6 Social Studies Teachers
• The following project will teach the Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present in full
• It includes all assignments, rubrics, cross curriculum links, etc.
• Students are to do research uses class textbook and may use the internet when advised to do so by you.
• The first lesson I always teach is how to do research online and in books (using the index and table of contents)
• This unit will outline the expected time each part / assignment should take, feel free to adjust as needed.
• We taught history two times a week for 60 minute periods.
• Be sure to review the provided materials and ensure the printing (copying) is done ahead of time. If this unit seems ‘paper’ intensive, the questions can easily be displayed on the projector, etc, and students record answers in notebooks.
• Corresponding episodes of Canada: A People’s History can be used to compliment this learning – if you do not own a copy, go to CBC.ca to find which episode you will need, and search for it on youtube
Week 1: Do an introductory lesson on researching online and in books. Review good questions to ask online, how to use an index, and how to use the table of contents to find specific information.
Week 2 + 3: Hand out the research project. Review learning goals and success criteria. By the end of weeks 2 and 3, students should be done the subsection “French Settlers.”
Week 4: Students should be able to finish the subsection “First Nations.”
Week 5 + 6: Students should be able to finish the subsection “British North America.”
Week 7: Summative test. Depending on your schedule, give one or two study periods, then the test.
Week 8: Group research projects – in groups of 2-3 students are to select a ‘group’ and research answers to the questions provided. Each group has a different set of questions geared towards their specific group. This task can easily be turned into a media literacy mark (cross curricular) and an oral presentation (cross curricular) if you desire. Attached rubric
Week 9: Letter summative task with rubric
Week 10+11 (Optional): Drama Activity – you can assess this task however you like for a history + drama mark.