In the Grade 8: Creating Canada – 1850 to 1890
unit students use their knowledge of earlier Canadian history to examine how social, political, economic, and legal changes in Canada between 1850 and 1890 affected different groups. Students will explore what the creation and expansion was of the Dominion of Canada. Students will explore conflicts and key events that affected Canada between 1850 and 1890 and explain the historical significance of these events. Students will also be exploring the key political and legal changes that occurred in or affected Canada during this period including the U.S. Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
This activity packet provides you with lessons, activities, readings and rubrics that can be used to address the following Grade 8 History overall expectations:
- Assess the impact of some key social, economic, and political factors, including social, economic, and/or political inequality, on various Canadians between 1850 and 1890 as well as on the creation and expansion of the Dominion of Canada.
- Use the historical inquiry process to investigate perspectives of different groups on some significant events, developments, and/or issues that affected Canada and/or Canadians between 1850 and 1890.
- Describe various significant events, developments, and people in Canada between 1850 and 1890, and explain their impact.
This packet also addresses the following big ideas:
- Not all Canadians enjoyed the same rights and privileges in the new nation.
- People in Canada had different reactions to the creation and expansion of the country.
- This was an era of major political and economic change, which affected various groups in Canada in different ways.
What lessons are included in this packet?
This packet is thorough in the sense that it includes 19 in-depth lessons that help to cover the specific and overall expectations as well as the big ideas. Some lessons are designed to set the stage for students in terms of content knowledge and terminology, and other lessons are designed to have students further investigate historical events and acts. The lessons included in this packet are:
Lesson 1.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 1.2: Canada Prior to 1850
Lesson 1.3: Slavery in Canada
Lesson 1.4: Gradual Civilization Act
Lesson 1.5: Canadian-American Reciprocity Treaty
Lesson 1.6: Canada and the American Civil War
Lesson 1.7: Threats from the South
Lesson 1.8: Causes for Confederation
Lesson 1.9: Conferences
Lesson 1.10: Creating Canada
Lesson 1.11: Fenian Raids
Lesson 1.12: Red River Rebellion
Lesson 1.13: The Birth of a New Province
Lesson 1.14: The Indian Act
Lesson 1.15: A Period of Growth
Lesson 1.16: Economic Growth
Lesson 1.17: Chinese Immigration Act
Lesson 1.18: Historically Significant People
Lesson 1.19: Bringing it All Together
You will find 20 readings in this packet along with 51 activity worksheets.
What assessments are included in this packet?
In this packet, you will find 6 rubrics that can be used to assess some of the key activities in this unit, along with 1 rubric that can be used to assess the individual reflections students complete. There are 3 reflections included in this packet that address a variety of concepts presented in this unit. There is no quiz or unit test presented in this packet. Students are asked to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of other ways.
There are some activities in this packet that contain rubrics. These activities are not necessarily considered formal assignments, but they can be used as such. There are also 6 self-assessments and 3 exit cards that can be used at the end of each given lesson to assess student understanding of the key concepts.
Please note that there are no formal answer keys presented in this packet as many of the activities and questions presented in this packet are open-ended.
What assignments are included in this unit?
There are two assignments presented in this unit:
Assignment 1.1: History Journal Responses
Assignment 1.2: Historical Person
Assignment 1.3: History Response Choice Board
Assignment 1.4: Creating Canada Response
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