The Grade 8 Canada 1890 – 1914: A Changing Society
is aligned with the Ontario History curriculum. With this unit, students explore the struggles of individuals and groups in Canada between the period of 1890 – 1914 and how these struggles helped to lay the groundwork for some of the rights we have today. Students also explore the impact that the increase in immigration had on the diversity of Canadian society. The final aspect of this unit is that students explore the impact that social changes that occurred between 1890 and 1914 had on Canada.
The overall expectations addressed in this packet are:
- Assess key similarities and differences between Canada in 1890 – 1914 and in the present day, with reference to the experiences of and major challenges facing different groups and/or individuals and to some of the actions Canadians have taken to improve their lives.
- 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 1890 and 1914.
- Describe various significant events, developments, and people in Canada between 1890 and 1914, and explain their impact.
The big ideas addressed in this packet are:
- The struggles of individuals and groups in Canada at this time lay the groundwork for some of the rights we have today.
- During this period, a surge in immigration from new countries increased the diversity of Canadian society.
- Social changes that occurred at this time have had a lasting impact on Canada.
What LESSONS are included in this unit?
This unit includes 21 in-depth lessons. Some lessons have students explore various historical events, and other lessons have students explore the importance of certain events. The lessons included in this topic are as follows:
Lesson 2.1: Canada Prior to 1890
Lesson 2.2: Manitoba Schools Question
Lesson 2.3: Politics of the 1890s
Lesson 2.4: Building a Railway
Lesson 2.5: Settling the West
Lesson 2.6: Who Settled the West?
Lesson 2.7: Developing the West
Lesson 2.8: Home Children
Lesson 2.9: Mining
Lesson 2.10: The Boer War
Lesson 2.11: Head Tax and Riots
Lesson 2.12: Residential Schools
Lesson 2.13: Canada and the Navy
Lesson 2.14: Boundary Disputes
Lesson 2.15: A Changing Canada
Lesson 2.16: The Eve of War
Lesson 2.17: Significant Individuals
Lesson 2.18: Comparing Lives
Lesson 2.19: Comparing Challenges
Lesson 2.20: Responding to Challenges
Lesson 2.21: Bringing it Together
This packet includes 56 activities, 16 readings and 7 rubrics. Students are also given the chance to reflect on the information they gain through their research and learning activities about historical events and people from 1890 - 1914.
What assessments are included in this packet?
This packet includes 6 assignments. The assignments included are:
Assignment 2.1: Settling the west Research Assignment
Assignment 2.2: A Changing Canada Research Assignment
Assignment 2.3: Historical Person Analysis Assignment
Assignment 2.4: History Response Choice Board
Assignment 2.5: Canada 1800 – 1850 Reflection Journal
Assignment 2.6: Historical Events Research Assignment
This packet also includes 11 rubrics, 6 exit cards, 4 reflections, 4 self-assessments and 3 checklists. These methods of assessment can be used to identify whether or not students have met the lesson learning goal and specific expectations for this packet.
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. There is no quiz or test presented in this packet. Students demonstrate their understanding in other ways.
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