THE CANADIAN STUDIES PROJECT: An Exploration of Culture, History and Interconnectedness. Lesson Two: Diversity Getting on and off the Bus

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Duration: I -6 Class Periods

Grade Level: 9-12

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to The Canadian Studies Project. In successive issues of TEACH Magazine, you will find four lesson plans that explore the following themes: equity, diversity, interdependence and peace. Due to limited space, the curriculum links and additional content will be posted to the Web site: www.teachmag.com/canadianstudies. The content of The Canadian Studies Project is also connected to a television series called Gef Outta Town! (www.getouttatown.tv), where the hosts travel the world and meet up with teenagers to experience the life and culture of different communities from the local teenager's point of view. Video content from the series is posted on The Canadian Studies Web site.

Canada is a country of diverse peoples. Through the activities detailed in the following lesson plans, we are confident that you and your students will enjoy and celebrate Canada's unique status among nations.

We would like to hear from you. Please contact us at info@teachmag.com and let us know the kinds of projects and activities in which you have engaged. Send us your students' work and we will post the best entries on The Canadian Studies Project Web site.

KEY CONCEPTS AND ISSUES

This lesson plan explores the theme of diversity from the perspective of recognizing that differences equal strengths. seeing and understanding these qualities is vital to accepting differences in others. Understanding differences leads to knowledge and insight into other cultures and experiences whether one interacts with an individual or a group.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will:

* Learn to accept differences in others

* Gain insight into other cultures and experiences

* Reaffirm their own cultural identity while learning from others

* Work together in teams

* Hone their communication skills

* Critically assess situations and events

* Benefit from real world experiences

CASE STUDY

Getting On or Off the Bus

Maya is planning her first cross-Canada vacation. She is travelling with a group from her high school to each of the provinces and territories. She is very excited because this is the first time she is going somewhere on her own without her family. Maya is doubly excited about this trip for another reason. During the year, her English class developed an online communities project with schools across the country. This project involved creating a global campaign for the purpose of publicizing the dangers of land mines in war-torn communities around the world. Maya's class connected with other classes, and she became good friends with Sean from Cornerbrook, Lise from Trois Rivières, Roberto from Edmonton and Sasha from Vancouver. Maya will meet her online friends faceto-face for the first time when they link up in Halifax. They will travel together with the group for six weeks.

During the course of the land mines project, Maya exchanged personal information with her new friends. They found out that her parents are originally from Trinidad but immigrated to Canada just before she was born. Her mother's family is originally from India, while her father is a native-born Trinidadian. Sean's grandparents came from Pakistan and immigrated to Newfoundland in the 1960s. Lise's mother's family emigrated from South Vietnam to Quebec in the early 1970s. Sasha's family hailed from the north of Italy, very close to the border of the former Yugoslavia. After WWII, Sasha's grandparents moved to Florence, Italy, where she was born. When she was three, they came to Canada. Roberto's family is pure Catalan (located in the region around Barcelona) and dates back many generations. He was six when his family came to Edmonton.

Maya and her new friends have a number of things in common. They are all the same age, speak English, and love the idea of travelling across Canada to see and understand how the country works. …