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Grade 8 History Strand A – Creating Canada 1850-1890



Total Pages: 426 pages
Answer Key: Included with rubric
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File Size: 12 MB
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Grade 8 History Strand A – Creating Canada 1850-1890

Use this comprehensive Grade 8 History Strand A Unit to teach students about the creation of Canada from 1850 to 1890. This resource to designed to help students understand how Canada’s Confederation occurred as well as what occurred during the settlement of Western Canada. These 28 in-depth lessons will engage and captivate your students, allowing them to explore and understand this critical period of Canadian history. Language Arts, History, and Art are integrated into this unit, making it a well-rounded learning experience for your students.

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Unit Includes:

  • 28 Engaging Lessons: With these engaging lessons, your students will remain captivated throughout the unit, fostering a deeper understanding and connection to the material.
  • MP3 Audio Files: Enhance student learning and accessibility with audio recordings of the student readings.
  • Easy-to-Use Lesson Plans: This resource comes complete with daily lesson plans, saving you valuable time in preparation and ensuring a smooth teaching experience.
  • Differentiation Made Simple: Address the diverse needs of your students with differentiated tasks, empowering every learner to succeed.
  • Fostering Inquiry: Encourage critical thinking and curiosity in your classroom with this inquiry-based learning approach.
  • Answer Keys: Save time on grading with readily available answer keys for assessments and activities.
  • Student Choice: Empower your students by offering options and opportunities for them to make decisions about their learning.
  • Graphic Organizers: Visual tools and aids that will help your students organize information, making complex concepts easier to understand and remember.
  • Assessment Rubrics: Easily assess your students’ progress and understanding using ready-made rubrics.
  • Unit Test: Gauge your students’ overall comprehension and retention with a comprehensive unit test.
  • Print and Digital Formats: Enjoy the flexibility of accessing materials in both traditional and digital formats, making it easy to adapt to various teaching environments.

Do you have students working below grade level? Check out this modified unit – Grade 8 History Modified Strand A Unit that compliments this bundle.

Strand A Lesson Outline:

1. Why Do We Study History?
2. How Did We Get Here?
3. How Has The Map of Canada Changed?
4. Life in British North America Prior to 1867
5. Fathers of Confederation Monologues
6. Politics in the Province of Canada
7. John A. Macdonald Personal and Professional Life
8. Confederation Advertisement Assignment
9. The Pros and Cons of Confederation
10A. The Charlottetown, Quebec and London Conferences
10B. Missing Voices at the Confederation Conferences
10C. British North America Act
11. Confederation Unit Test
12. Primary Source Analysis Videos and Photos
13. Legal Documents
14. Settlement of Western Canada Inquiry Stations
15. Manitoba Act 1870
16. The Indian Act 1876
17. Louis Riel Obituary Assignment
18. Canadian Pacific Railroad Lyric Analysis
19. Canadian Pacific Railroad Assignment
20. Primary Source Analysis, Video, and Creative Writing – The Gold Rush
21. The Chinese Immigration Act 1885
22. The Arctic and Indigenous Case Law
23. Numbered Treaties
24. Residential Schools
25. Video Review
26. Western Canada Unit Test

Aligned with the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum 2018 Grade 8 Strand A, this resource ensures you have everything you need to deliver engaging and enriching history lessons to your middle school students. Don’t miss out on this valuable asset to make history come alive in your classroom!

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Notes: The internet is required to access videos in this unit. Research is not included for inquiry stations. Students must gather the research themselves from a textbook, non-fiction books or online sources.

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