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Grade 8 History Strand A – Creating Canada 1850-1890



Total Pages: 400 pages
Answer Key: Included with rubric
Teaching Duration: N/A
File Size: 12 MB
File Type: PDF

Grade 8 History Strand A – Creating Canada 1850-1890

This Grade 8 History Strand A, Creating Canada 1850-1890 unit supports the Canadian history curriculum that teaches how Canada’s Confederation occurred and how Western Canada was settled and convinced to join Confederation. Teachers are provided with 21 in-depth lessons to help their students explore and understand this era of Canadian history. Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Oral, Media), History, Art, and Drama subjects are integrated into this unit.

  • Included in this resource are answer keys and individual PDFs of student pages to support online learning, such as Google Classroom.

This unit is aligned with the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum 2018 Grade 8 Strand A. Updated in 2019.

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  • Regular and reliable internet is required for this unit.
  • Research is not included for inquiry stations.
  • Students must gather the research from textbooks, non-fiction books, or online sources.

Grade 8 History Strand A Lessons

  • Why Do We Study History?
  • How Did We Get Here?
  • How Has The Map of Canada Changed?
  • Life in British North America Prior to 1867
  • Fathers of Confederation Monologues
  • Politics in the Province of Canada
  • John A. Macdonald Personal and Professional Life
  • Confederation Advertisement Assignment
  • The Pros and Cons of Confederation
  • The Charlottetown, Quebec and London Conferences
  • 10B. Missing Voices at the Confederation Conferences
  • British North America Act
  • Confederation Unit Test
  • Primary Source Analysis Videos and Photos
  • Legal Documents
  • Settlement of Western Canada Inquiry Stations
  • Manitoba Act 1870
  • The Indian Act 1876
  • Louis Riel Obituary Assignment
  • Canadian Pacific Railroad Lyric Analysis
  • Canadian Pacific Railroad Assignment
  • Primary Source Analysis, Video, and Creative Writing – The Gold Rush
  • The Chinese Immigration Act 1885
  • The Arctic and Indigenous Case Law
  • Numbered Treaties
  • Residential Schools
  • Video Review
  • Western Canada Unit Test

Grade 8 History Strand A – Unit Includes:

  • Detailed unit plan
  • Lessons divided up with title pages for easy access
  • Lots of variety and student choice during assignments
  • Detailed teacher and student directions
  • Q Chart to help students formulate good questions
  • Inquiry station cards with detailed instructions
  • Inquiry station graphic organizers to help students with their research
  • Oral presentation assessment rubric
  • Historical content assessment rubric
  • Short and Long Answer Unit Test Format
  • Fill in the Blanks Unit Test Format
  • Unit test

Grade 8 History Strand A – Teacher Feedback:

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  2. “Excellent product and well worth the price for a new teacher. Hits all the major Ontario curriculum expectations, learning goals and success criteria. Saves me so much time re-teaching myself.”
  3. “Great resource for strand A of the curriculum. Takes the main points of the unit and organizes them into thoughtful and well-organized activities. Thanks!”
  4. “Great ideas in this resource. Fun and interesting assessments.”

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Grade 8 History Strand B – Canada: A Changing Society

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