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)
Objective: Research a famous or notable person from Canadian history. Create a Biography Poster that highlights their major accomplishments.
- Choose a person.
- Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about your chosen person.
- 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.
- Save and submit your storyboard.
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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