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Canada’s Capital Treasures

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A series of 7 lesson plans celebrate and commemorate key people, places and events as represented by important monuments, buildings, memorials and structures in the nation’s capital.

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Lesson 1 National War Memorial

Students will:

  • Learn more about the act of commemoration and explore the idea of community service
  • Discover the importance of the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge to Canada’s nationhood
  • Identify times and places in their own lives where the act of remembrance is valued
  • Determine how supporting elements like music and audio enhance the impact of video when used as a media literacy tool
  • Create a piece of persuasive media to attract visitors to an event.

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Lesson 2 The Peace Tower

Students will:

  • Learn more about the symbolic meaning of towers in general and The Peace Tower specifically
  • Create a piece of persuasive media
  • Find out more about the use of symbolic imagery in Canada’s Peace Tower
  • Learn more about the symbolic meaning of the Canadian flag and how it was chosen
  • Understand that symbolic imagery can exist in a variety of forms and places
  • Analyze different uses of form within a video

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Lesson 3 The Rideau Canal Locks

Students will:

  • Discover more about Canadian-US relations, particularly in the 19th century
  • Use mapping skills to outline an annotated journey
  • Use writing skills to create a brief historical narrative based on the building of the canal
  • Find out more about planning a commemorative monument
  • Understand that a variety of places, including waterways and landscapes, can reflect aspects of heritage, history and culture
  • Explore the storyboarding of informational videos.

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Lesson 4 The Famous Five Monument

Students will:

  • Appreciate the contribution women have made to Canadian society
  • Write a script to convey the feelings and thoughts of the Famous Five about their success
  • Use effective text to write a persuasive headline
  • Celebrate those engaged in local community–building
  • Create a timeline to mark significant achievements of rights in Canada
  • Compare techniques used in informational videos

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Lesson 5 “Never Give Up!” — Maurice Richard Monument

Students will:

  • Make compelling and persuasive arguments regarding community achievements
  • Conduct individual and group research
  • Understand the role of memorializing as an important function of maintaining identity
  • Examine Canadian personalities of the mid-20th century

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Lesson 6 Abbey Ruins

Students will:

  • Find out more about the life of Canada’s 10th Prime Minister
  • Explore how a park is created
  • Recreate Mackenzie King’s process in making the Abbey Ruins by creating their own park structure out of found materials
  • Examine aspects of framing as a visual strategy

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Lesson 7 National Aboriginal Veterans Monument

Students will:

  • Learn more about the contributions of Aboriginal people to Canada
  • Use visual and text elements to create a compelling poster
  • Decode symbols in a local monument
  • Determine how the structure and length of a video influences its effectiveness
  • Create a personal lexicon of family symbols

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