BC Social Studies 9
In Social Studies, it is our hope that students learn more about themselves, each other, and the world we inhabit. In this course, we hope that students develop critical thinking skills and come to know how Canada has been influenced by ideas and struggles for power, interaction with the environment, and questions of identity. Why Canada? How did it come to be and what kinds of stories and visions would guide its development?
Students will be successful in this course when they can demonstrate their capacity to interpret evidence, assess and defend positions, conduct inquiry related to our course topics. Students completing Social Studies 9 will be able to tell a fuller, more inclusive story about Canada and have a sense of their own place in Canada’s past, present, and future.
Course Outline and Expectations
New Course Introduction and Outline for the 2016/17 school year. The curriculum has shifted from previous years, mainly a shift in content (dropped events from the before 1750 and added events from 1815-1914), and a greater emphasis on critical thinking skills.
Unit 1 The Age of Invention
1A Industrialization: Why Britain?
1B Changes in Agriculture, Textiles, and Power
1C Lessons from Mr. Clifford 2016 UNBC student teacher
Audio Clip of debate over impact of Enclosure
Unit 2 Culture Conflict Colonization
2A Climate and Physical Geography of Canada
Big map - climate and physiography
2B Background to the Seven Years War
2C Battle for Quebec
Conquest of New France slideshow
Battle Plan Assignment/Simulation
Big map / template for the Battle Plan
Blog link for follow-up response to the simulation
2D The Canadian Fur Trade
Fur Trade slideshow
(2E Restless Earth - more about Canada's geography)
2F The West Coast - exploration and early history
Unit 3 Building a Nation
3A The American Influence
3B Pioneer Life
New Home Simulation
3C The Reform Era
Confederation Era Slideshow
Unit 4 The Many Wests
4A Red River and the Metis
4B CPR and the Northwest Rebellion
4C Big Notes-Map of the Pacific Northwest
Outine map of the Pacific Northwest with Notes Boxes
4D The Rush for Spoils: BC to 1864
4E Growth of BC from 1864-1914
Slideshow - Ten key events from Early BC History
4F Come to Canada: The Prosperous Laurier Era
4G Canada Enters the 20th Century
Skookum Story Project
Family Tree starter template
Unit 5 The War to End War
Webriver Social Studies Blog
This blog -- http://webriver.blogspot.ca -- is for online assignments and discussion in Social Studies 9, 10, and 11. We will use this sometimes for our class.
Your teacher does not have many rules... mostly it is expected that students will operate with a few principles in mind:
The Gale and The Sally
This is an artist's representation of the British transport ship The Gale, likely with The Sally in the background. They sailed from Rotterdam and arrived in Halifax Sep. 9th, 1752, with German and French immigrants who were brought over to make Nova Scotia "Protestant." My wife has a number of ancestors who were aboard these ships, part of the original inhabitants of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and later the pioneers of the Sydney area of Cape Breton Island. Here's a bit more about their story (video clip).
Grave of John Fraser at Barkerville
This is one of my favorite paintings. It was introduced to me by a former colleague as a black-and-white photo in an old textbook. He even slept under his canoe once just to se what it was like. The scene depicts an overnight encampment of Voyageurs, employees of the Hudson Bay Company, somewhere in the vast North West Territories of British North America. The artist created the painting from sketches she made in the 1860s while travelling with her husband, an official with the Hudson Bay Company.
Think it Through: What catches your eye in this artwork? What elements do you see in the painting? What activities can you detect? Do you think the people in the scene have specific roles? From whose perspective is this scene viewed? Is it a primary or secondary source? What does the painting say about the fur trade? From what you know of the fur trade, do you think this painting is a representative depiction, or a reliable source for gathering information? Do any of the views, values, or veliefs of the artis come through in the painting? Every painting tells a kind of story about its subject -- what other stories are there to tell about the fur tade (or voyageurs specifically) that are not told by this painting? What other sources would you turn to to get a more complete understanding of the fur trade? What else can you say about this painting?