Sunday, April 3, 2016

History Class: Setting up some discussions on Canadian History (for Monday)

One of the important techniques in studying History is the ability to ask questions and grapple with ideas.
We will be returning to some familiar ground and engage in a question posing exercise for the film, E

Watch this film again and, with the Post-It note provided, think of one question you would like to ask about the film.  Think of the prompts of who, why, what, how, & where. 

Once you are done, you will have to place your question on a chart paper into the categories outlined on this chart.  Determine if your question are in the category of Beginner, Detective, Judge, or Inventor.

Before we get into some history behind this powerful image, let us first look at it, and then work in small groups to decipher what might be going on:

Using the following paper as a guide, please fill in each section.  Place the names of your group members at the top of this paper.  This page comes from The Critical Thinking Consortium.  Information on this group may be found at
This image is an artist's rendering of the moment when Jacques Cartier, under the direction of the King of France in 1534,  arrived on the Gaspe Peninsula and erected this cross as France's claim to this new land.  Chief Donnacona, pictured somewhere in the photo, apparently, weren't down with this; this is Colonialism, in case you weren't sure what to call it.

As a group, please read the short section on p. H6 in the textbook on Jacques Cartier.  Only read to the end of the paragraph at the top of p. H7.

This colonial encounter should be explained with a definition.  Here is a screenshot from

Here is a short YouTube video, not intended to be 100% accurate in its analysis, but nonetheless, a useful perspective on Colonialism in Canada:

In 2009, at a G20 summit ( in Pittsburg, PA, former Prime Minister Harper mentioned this:
In between the presentations for the Historical Concepts exercise, we will be using the textbook as a guide and paying more attention of the forum and function of the colonial rule in early Canada.  One of our initial assignments will involve looking at the role of the Fur Trade in early Canada.

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