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Activity Overview

There are many interesting and influential people throughout Canadian history that students can research to gain a deeper understanding of Canada's past and present. Researching real people helps students to get a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives and diverse perspectives of different people. Students will research a person and then create a Biography Poster highlighting their accomplishments or notable moments.

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Notable Figures in Canadian History

  • Laura Secord (1775-1868)
  • Chief Tecumseh (1767-1813)
  • Mary Brant and Joseph Brant
  • Lord Durham (1792-1840)
  • Louis Hippolyte LaFontaine (1807-1864)
  • Robert Baldwin (1804-1858)
  • George-Etienne Cartier (1814-1873)
  • Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823–1893)
  • Nahnebahwequay, Catherine Sutton (1824–1865)
  • Gabriel Dumont (1837-1906)
  • Louis Riel (1844-1885)
  • Adelaide Hoodless (1857–1910)
  • Marie Lacoste Gérin-Lajoie (1867–1945)
  • Thérèse Casgrain (1896–1981)
  • Pauline Johnson (1861–1913)
  • Emily Carr (1871–1945)
  • Nellie McClung (1873–1951)
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942)

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Research a famous or notable person from Canadian history. Create a Biography Poster that highlights their major accomplishments.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a person.
  2. Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about your chosen person.
  3. On the poster, include your person’s name and dates of birth (and death if applicable). Choose a character that resembles your person. Add words and images to describe your person’s accomplishments.

Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, accomplishments.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Biographies

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/3] Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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