The opening episode of this 16-part documentary ranges across the continent, looking back more than 15,000 years to recount the varied history of the first occupants of the territory that would become Canada. From the rich resource of native oral history and archeology come the stories of the land's first people - how dozens of distinct societies took shape, and how they encountered a strange new people, the Europeans. Among the earliest of these epoch-making encounters is the meeting between Jacques Cartier and Donnacona, the Iroquoian chief whom Cartier first met on the Gaspé shore in 1534 and later kidnapped. Later on the Pacific coast, Nootka chief Maquinna encounters John Jewitt, the English sailor who became his captive and eventually his reluctant friend.
Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12
The Grades 10-12 Teacher Resource Package for Canada: A People's History is a classroom-ready tool that provides thematic and cross-disciplinary content to support the entire 30-hour video series, making it a truly invaluable teaching tool for today's educator.
45 Lesson Plans support all 16 episodes of Canada: A People's History, each written at the high school level by a subject-area specialist. Based on specific 10-15 minute segments from the videos, the plans offer teaching suggestions tailored to your allotted lesson time and include background information; questions you can ask; extension and research tips; assessment tools; website and resource links.
Strategies are included for teaching themes in History, Civics, Geography, media literacy applications, and other subjects, as well as suggestions for chronological/conceptual approaches to the material.
Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9
The Grades 5-9 Teacher Resource Package (TRP) for Canada: A People's History is a classroom-ready tool that makes learning interesting and relevant. Spanning a time period of 15 000 B.C. to 1900 A.D., the first ten episodes of the video series are a perfect match to the grades 5-9 curriculum.
A Project Plan Section
The TRP offers eight 2-3 week project units with specific roll-out strategies organized around the following themes: Leadership, Research, Migration and Settlement, Forming Groups, Taking Risks, Time and Change, Aboriginals: Oral Traditions, and Culture and Conflict. Each project includes a complete teaching plan for use of the videos in the classroom as well as background information, specific daily plans and a bank of optional activities. Additionally, our website will provide Activity Masters for students and evaluation tools for teachers.
28 Specific Lesson Plans
Twenty-eight fully-developed lesson plans based on 10-15 minute segments from Canada: A People's History, episodes 1-10. Each lesson plan has been formatted on an easy-to-use 2-page spread providing you with background information, questions you can ask, core lesson strategies and extension strategies. Each lesson plan is also supported by our website which contains Activity Masters and evaluation tools.