Grade 8 History Creating Canada 1850-1890 Strand A

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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Grade 8 History Strand A: This Creating Canada Unit 1850-1890 supports Canadian history curriculum that teaches how Canada's Confederation occurred and how Western Canada was settled and convinced to join Confederation. Teachers are provided with 21 in-depth lessons to help their students explore and understand this era of Canadian history. Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Oral, Media), History, Art and Drama subjects are integrated into this unit.

  • Included in this resource are answer keys and individual PDFs of student pages to support online learning such as Google Classroom.

This unit is aligned with the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum 2018 Grade 8 Strand A. Updated in 2019.

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  • Regular and Reliable Internet Is Required For This Unit
  • Research is not included for inquiry stations.
  • Students must gather the research themselves from a textbook, non-fiction books or online sources.

Need to go paperless? Check out the digital expansion pack for this unit. This expansion pack contains all of the student output pages in a Google Slides format. This will save you time at the photocopier! Grade 8 Strand A

Note: The expansion pack is NOT a complete unit. You will still need to purchase the complete unit.

Strand B

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Strand A Lessons

1. Why Do We Study History?

2. How Did We Get Here?

3. How Has The Map of Canada Changed?

4. Life in British North America Prior to 1867

5. Fathers of Confederation Monologues

6. Politics in the Province of Canada

7. John A. Macdonald Personal and Professional Life

8. Confederation Advertisement Assignment

9. The Pros and Cons of Confederation

10. The Charlottetown, Quebec and London Conferences

10B. Missing Voices at the Confederation Conferences

10C. British North America Act

11. Confederation Unit Test

12. Primary Source Analysis Videos and Photos

13. Legal Documents

14. Settlement of Western Canada Inquiry Stations

15. Manitoba Act 1870

16. The Indian Act 1876

17. Louis Riel Obituary Assignment

18. Canadian Pacific Railroad Lyric Analysis

19. Canadian Pacific Railroad Assignment

20. Primary Source Analysis, Video, and Creative Writing - The Gold Rush

21. The Chinese Immigration Act 1885

22. The Arctic and Indigenous Case Law

23. Numbered Treaties

24. Residential Schools

25. Video Review

26. Western Canada Unit Test

Unit Includes:

  • Detailed unit plan
  • Lessons divided up with title pages for easy access
  • Lots of variety and student choice during assignments
  • Detailed teacher and student directions
  • Q Chart to help students formulate good questions
  • Inquiry station cards with detailed instructions
  • Inquiry station graphic organizers to help students with their research
  • Oral presentation assessment rubric
  • Historical content assessment rubric
  • Short and Long Answer Unit Test Format
  • Fill in the Blanks Unit Test Format
  • Unit test
Total Pages
440 pages
Answer Key
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