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Activity Overview


A 5 Ws analysis allows students to dig into historical events and time periods with the help of a graphic organizer. In this activity, students will highlight the 5 Ws of the Canadian fur trade. Teachers may also ask students to add a 6th cell for "how", though it's not required. Below are some sample questions students may answer.

  • What was the fur trade?
  • Who was involved?
  • When did it occur?
  • Where did it occur?
  • Why did it start?
  • How did it impact North America?

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that highlights the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the Fur Trade.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. For each cell, answer the question with a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each answer using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Requirements: Answer 5-6 questions about the Fur Trade and include appropriate illustrations for each.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [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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