Before and throughout our nationhood, Canada’s diversity has been a source of pride and pain, strength and struggle. The wealth of worldviews represented in Canada challenges us, individually and collectively, to define ourselves not just as individuals, but as a nation unique among other nations. Though we live in different regions, work at different endeavours, and experience different customs, lifestyles, and ways of knowing, we strive to live together to honour all the voices and perspectives that make this country great. Through our literature – in all its forms – we explore the issues that influence Canadian culture and Canadian identity. What does it mean to be Canadian? What sort of people are we? How do we express and convey our identity as a people? What are our values, and how do we demonstrate them within and beyond our borders? How do our visual, oral, print, and multimedia texts reveal what it means to be Canadian? How does diversity benefit Canada and Canadians?
What does it mean to be Canadian and what is our Canadian identity?
Is being Canadian an individual or a community enterprise? What is the relationship between the individual and the community in Canada? How do individuals shape a community and the country, and how do the community and the country shape their citizens?
What contributions have Canadian individuals (e.g., famous and not-so-famous; First Nations, Métis, Inuit, long-time Canadians, new Canadians) made to the character of the Canadian community? To the global community?
How do Canadians navigate their local, regional, national, and global communities?
Take the Canadian Citizenship Challenge
Students can register for the challenge online: Choose the link to register: Canadian Citizenship Challenge
In the online challenge you have 15 minutes to answer 20 questions.
Symbols of Canada
Canada has many important symbols-objects,events and people that have special meaning. Together they help explain what it means to be Canadian and express our national identity.
Create a list of Canadian symbols.
Choose one that you would pick as truly Canadian and explain why.
In groups combine your lists and create categories. e.g. person, place etc. Write and/ or illustrate your symbols on the newspaper print provided.
Share with the class.
Satire is a technique used by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humour, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles. A writer in a satire uses fictional characters, which stand for real people, to expose and condemn their corruption.
A writer may point a satire toward a person, a country or even the entire world. Usually, a satire is a comical piece of writing which makes fun of an individual or a society to expose its stupidity and shortcomings.
Tommy Douglas, A Canadian idol and hero to many, was known as the ‘Father of Medicare’.
Thomas Clement “Tommy” Douglas was a Canadian social democratic politician and Baptist minister. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.
Born: October 20, 1904, Falkirk, United Kingdom
Died: February 24, 1986, Ottawa
What are the Big Ideas?
Canada boasts a vast and varied landscape that inspires awe within and beyond its borders. Its geography, climate, resources, and seasons shape both the people who live here and the nation itself. The importance of place and its influence cannot be underestimated. Indeed, our history, art, and literature reflect the prominent role of the land in people’s relationships and interactions. The landscape, however, is not singular. Indeed, the Canadian landscapes are many: natural and constructed; psychological and physical; historical and contemporary; social and personal. In this unit, we explore how these landscapes are revealed through the texts of our peoples. How has this vast land shaped individuals, cultural groups, and nations of people within Canada? How do the landscapes in which we live influence our thinking, our ways of being, and our interactions with others? How and why is the understanding of landscape changing?
Consider the following questions:
- What are Canadians’ attitudes to and concerns about the natural and constructed (e.g., political, virtual, linguistic) landscapes in which they live, and how do they express and act upon those attitudes and concerns?
- How have Canada’s natural and constructed landscapes influenced Canadians?
Friday, February 5th- Blog Post
To create your blog post on the Canadian landscape go to:
Outcome: CC A 30.2:Create and present visual and multimedia representations including using photographs to explain a range of contemporary course-related perspectives or landscapes.
Assignment-Prepare a presentation on a contemporary Canadian landscape or perspective and present it to the class. Use visuals to enhance your presentation. Refer to your handout for details.
“The Lamp at Noon” by Sinclair Ross
Outcome: CC A 30.4
Create a variety of informational (including an inquiry/research paper …) … texts that are appropriate to a variety of audiences and purposes including informing, persuading, and entertaining. -SK Curriculum-
Inquiry Project: Due TBA
What are Canadians attitudes and concerns about the natural landscapes in which they live, and how do they express and act upon those attitudes and concerns? How has this vast land shaped individuals, cultural groups, and nations of people within Canada? How do the landscapes in which we live influence our thinking, our ways of being, and our interactions with others? How and why is the understanding of landscape changing?
- Ted Talks:
3. Reclamation Project:
4. Choose the link below to access World Wildlife Fund for Nature
5. CBC News Article-Ocean Fish Numbers- WWF Report
6. Pope Francis -rights of the environment-UN
7. Climate Change-CBC News
8. United Nations- Climate Change