Canadian Perspectives: Diverse and Dynamic

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?

-SK Curriculum-

Consider the following questions:

  1. 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?
  2. How have Canada’s natural and constructed landscapes influenced Canadians?

Friday, February 5th- Blog Post

Blog Example:

Canada Goose

To create your blog post on the Canadian landscape go to:

ELA A30 Class Blog

February 2016

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.

February 2016

“The Lamp at Noon” by Sinclair Ross

The Lamp at Noon-analysis

March 2016

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

Big Ideas:

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?

  1. Ted Talks:

The True Cost of Oil-Ted Talks

2. David Suzuki-Tipping Point

3. Reclamation Project:

4. Choose the link below to access World Wildlife Fund for Nature

WWF

5. CBC News Article-Ocean Fish Numbers- WWF Report

CBC news-September 16, 2015

6. Pope Francis -rights of the environment-UN

Pope Francis

7. Climate Change-CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-science-communication-failure-1.3345524

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/first-ministers-climate-plan-vancouver-1.3472189

8. United Nations- Climate Change

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