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1 Best Practices and Resources For Teaching About Canada Tina Storer, Education & Curriculum Specialist Center for Canadian-American Studies Western Washington University STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators A Capital View of Canada: Nations within a Nation Ottawa, ON – July 6, 2012

2 The Best Practice is to Teach Canada 1. It is important to teach Canada Shared geography and borders Strong historical connections Shared cultural roots and multicultural population Stewardship of N. America (environment / energy / defense) Canada and the USA represent the worlds largest trade relationship Multi-layered political relationship and impacts Global competency and citizenship Best comparative lens regarding all core social studies topics 2. Canada sometimes falls in an curriculum gap that educators arent aware of.

3 The Best Practice is to Teach Canada Key Question: So why arent there more resources for teaching Canada? Canada only appears intermittently in social studies standards and, sometimes, is not addressed at all in K-12 classrooms.* Standards (esp. California and Texas) drive the textbook industry and, without standards that specifically mention Canada, Canada is often minimized and/or left out of textbooks even in key areas like economics. NCSS continues to support increased inclusion of Canada in curricula. * To learn more, see SUNY Plattsburgh Study: The Country Left Behind by Dr. Joseph-André Senécal, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont, on homepage of

4 Resources for Teaching Canada Overview: National Resource Centers Government Publications Teacher Loan-Kits and Media Libraries Recommended Print Publications Recommended Multimedia Materials (Videos, CD-ROMs, CDs) Recommended Internet Websites

5 The US DOE Title VI Program The launching of Sputnik I in 1957 led to the federal governments most significant participation in modern foreign language and area studies research and training in historyThe National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of The federal Office of Education began administering the National Resource Centers (NRC) Program under Title VI of the NDEA, and the U.S.D.O.E. continues to administer it under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The centers supported under the NRC Program conduct a broad range of activities that include instruction, outreach, scholarly research, maintenance of library resources, and teacher training. Collectively, these activities represent a programmatic effort that focuses on particular regions of the world and the relevant issues connected to those regions; and, they constitute a national capacity in modern foreign languages and area and international studies. From:

6 National Resource Centers on Canada U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grants support two National Resource Centers on Canada in the US: 1) Pacific Northwest NRC (U Washington and WWU) 2) Northeast NRC (U Maine and SUNY Plattsburgh) Additional outreach and program grant support is awarded annually by the Embassy of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Education Section).

7 Both NRCs on Canada offer: Classroom Resources Print Publications Teachable Online Information Online Curricula Multimedia Classroom Tools Instruction for Professional Development National Resource Centers on Canada

8 ...and partner with many organizations to serve K-12 educators : Embassy & Consulates of Canada in the US Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, UW Individual Teachers/Teacher-Librarians K-12 STUDY CANADA Teacher-Associates National Education Groups (eg: NCSS, NCHE, NCGE) State Councils of the above groups State and District-Level Social Studies Curriculum Directors/Coordinators Educational Collaboratives and Individual Schools Québec Government Offices in the US (and in Canada) State Government Offices (and Provincial Government Offices in Canada) US and State Departments of Education Canada-America Society (Seattle, WA) International Studies Schools Association National Resource Centers on Canada

9 Pacific Northwest NRC on Canada Western Washington University Center for Canadian-American Studies University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Canadian Studies Center Website: Contacts: (Tina Storer) (Nadine Fabbi)

10 Learning portal website at Canada Northern Neighbor (2 nd Edition) O Canada! Newspapers in Education Supplement e-Resource Notices (Sept.-June) Loan-Kits (Beginning Fall 2011, this outreach may be unavailable) Student Novel Collection (1) Resource Valise (2) K-12 STUDY CANADA Resources

11 Eastern NRC on Canada University of Maine Canadian Studies Center State University of New York College at Plattsburgh Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies Websites: Contacts: (Betsy Arntzen) (Amy Sotherden)

12 Eastern NRC Resources Canada Valise Loan-Kit O Canada textbook Teaching Canada Annual Magazine Understanding Canada: A Primer for Americans Champlain and the Meeting of Two Worlds Maps for Teaching Canada, Champlain

13 Bilingual (English and French) publications and Internet sites Primary Gateway: Government of Canada Resources

14 ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the US) Website: Canadian Embassy & Consulates Websites: ICCS (International Council for Canadian Studies) Website: Canadian Educators and Education Resources (Dr JL Bencze - UT/OISE) Website: Other National Organizations

15 K-12 STUDY CANADA Loan-Kits at WWU: K-12 STUDY CANADA Resource Valise (2) (9 multimedia resource-based units for teaching) K-12 STUDY CANADA Student Novel Collection (1) (36 regional novels for young adults - Grades 4-9) Loan-Kit at University of Maine: The Canada Valise (Teacher-Developed Curriculum & Artifacts) Loan-Kits and Media Libraries

16 Notable Film Libraries and Resources: University of Washington Website: SUNY-Plattsburgh Website: National Film Board of Canada Website: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Website:

17 Recommended Print Publications



20 Recommended Print Publications (K-3)

21 Recommended Print Publications (K-6)

22 Recommended Print Publications (4-8)


24 Recommended Print Publications (5-10)

25 Recommended Print Publications (K-8)

26 Recommended Print Publications (4-10)

27 Atlases & Classroom Maps of Canada

28 Fun Picture Books

29 Picture books that teach about people and history…

30 …about Canadas Aboriginal Peoples

31 … about the Arctic

32 Students are never too young to read literature by Canadian authors…

33 Historical fiction engages students and teaches about interesting time periods…

34 Youth fiction creates a sense of place…

35 …for students of all reading levels.

36 Pacific Edge Publishing Chapters Bookstore Kidsbooks Vancouver Powells Books (Victoria) JK Publications Publishing & Purchasing Sources

37 Canada via the Internet: Top 10 Websites 1 Government of Canada Click "About Canada", "About Government" or "Provinces/Territories…so much to learn that you may never visit another site! 2 Statistics Canada Explore many lesson plans and data for K-12 and post-secondary students and educators. 3 PBS' Online Extra Teacher Resources Type "Canada" and discover 4521 matches! 3084 just for Québec. 4 Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Students will be drawn into Canadian history and archival research through the enticement of solving real "cold crimes"! Sound pedagogy behind material and teacher resources. 5 U Alberta Canadian Studies WebCentre Middle/H.S. students can easily navigate the many useful graphics and information bites.

38 Top 10 Websites (Contd.) 6 Canada Eh? A personal page that offers downloadable Canada graphics useful for the classroom as well as a variety of information for students about Canada. 7 Historica Dominion Institute Professional Development Page Middle/HS-level lesson plans covering different periods and events in Canadian history. 8 Parks Canada 9 Unofficial Canadiana 10 The Canadian Social Studies Super Site Carefully screened connections to quality websites about Canada are offered that also give a glimpse into how Canadians teach about themselves.

39 Kids Canada Indian & Northern Affairs How Canadians Govern Themselves teaching material Canadian Info by Subject - National Library of Canada Canadian Heritage Information Network Key GC Gateways to Learning

40 War of 1812 and Other Special / New Resources 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of Many exciting new resources have been developed to commemorate the war. Visit our site to access them all easily: The NRCs on Canada, NCSS, and Canadian provincial SSTAs have also supported development of an interactive digital iBook suitable for Grade 7-12 classrooms called 1812: Who Won the War? Its the first in a series to be produced by Epoch Multimedia Inc. The WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies, in partnership with faculty from Utoronto and UMoncton, has applied for an Our Shared Past grant to produce a suite of Grade 7-12 curricula and resources for teaching about The Acadian Experience in North America in classrooms on both sides of the border.

41 … Now its time to share the fun of exploring more materials at the Resource Fair, develop curricula based on your learning and to teach about Canada and Canada-US relations to your students! This end is really your beginning…


43 A PowerPoint walk-through of… The K-12 STUDY CANADA Resource Valise

44 9 Units of Study Artifacts Teacher Resources Internet Lists Multimedia Resources 8 CD-ROMs 8 Music CDs 7 Videos/DVDs

45 Multimedia Resources Canadian Geographic Explorer Canada: Confederation to Present Cross Country Canada Totem Poles Adventure Canada Land of the Inuit Nunavut Territory Canadian Treasures 8 CD-ROMS

46 Multimedia Resources 8 Music CDs Sing a Song of Canada + Songbook (Kim Soleski-Ward) Stompin Tom Sings Canadas History (Stompin Tom Connors) Canada is for Kids – Vol. 1 & 2 (Michael Mitchell) Un Pays Qui Se Chante (Various Québec Artists) For the Times (Schooner Fare) This Child (Susan Aglukark) Gords Gold (Gordon Lightfoot) Sing a Song of Canada: A Musical Journey Across Canada (Kim Soleski-Ward CD & Songbook)

47 Multimedia Resources 7 Videotapes/DVDs The Canadian History Series ( ) Postcards from Canada Paddle to the Sea The Group of Seven The Sweater CBC Life & Times: L.M. Montgomery Breaking the Ice: The Story of Mary Ann Shadd

48 Unit 1: O Canada! Artifacts: Set of Provincial & Canada Flags Deck of Cards Eh! Fold-Out & Laminated 3-D Maps 12 Laminated Placemats Canada-at-Glance Binder Insert Teaching Resources: Canada Northern Neighbor The Spirit of Canada Canadas Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag The Kids Book of Canada Sing a Song of Canada O Canada! NIE Supplement Internet List: 20 websites

49 Unit 2: BC – Totems & Emily Carr Artifacts: Totem Pole Teaching Resources: Emily Carr: An Introduction to her Life and Art The Art Room Bentwood Box; Button Blanket; Cedar Plank Mask; Spindle Whorl BC: Land and People Internet List: 12 websites

50 Unit 3: Images of Ontario – From City to Shield Artifacts: CN Tower Model & Brochure Art Pin (A.J. Cassons White Pine) Teaching Resources: Looking at Landscape Resource Package Images of Nature: Canadian Poets and the Group of Seven Meet the Group of Seven Internet List: 12 websites

51 Artifacts: Montreal Canadians Away Hockey Jersey Teaching Resources: Québec: Land and People The Sweater (book) The Rise and Fall: New France Internet List : 12 websites Unit 4: Québec – les Habitants & the Habs!

52 Unit 5: The Maritimes & the Land of Anne Artifacts: P.E.I. License Plate w/ Anne Teaching Resources: Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writers Life Duncans Way Internet List: 14 websites

53 Unit 6: Canadas North & the Inuit Artifacts: Inuksuk Kit Teaching Resources: Artists in the Arctic Resource Package The Kids Book of the Far North The Inuksuk Book Arctic Stories Internet List: 12 websites

54 Unit 7: Canadian Dreams – The Railroad, RCMP & Yukon Gold Artifacts: CN Model Railway Car or RCMP Postcards/Poster Teaching Resources: The Cremation of Sam McGee The Kids Book of Canadas Railway Boldly Canadian: RCMP The Mounties For Kids Activity Book Life in the Old West Series: The Railroad and The Gold Rush Internet List: 12 websites

55 Artifacts: Childs Game Teaching Resources: Contemporary Art By First Nations Artists Resource Package Canada History: Prehistoric Canada (Ancient Canada– Aboriginal People) Paddle to the Sea From Time Immemorial Maple Moon Internet List: 12 websites Unit 8: Canadas First Nations

56 Unit 9: Black Canadians & the Underground Railroad Artifacts: 2 Posters Teaching Resources: In Our Time: An Introductory Learning Guide The Spirit of Africville The Story of Mary Ann Shadd The Kids Book of Black Canadian History Internet List: 11 websites

57 A PowerPoint walk-through of… The K-12 STUDY CANADA Student Novel Collection

58 Unit 1: O Canada! Tunnels of Time (M. Harelkin Bishop) Saskatchewan Rebellion (J. Scanlon) Manitoba Who Has Seen the Wind? (W.O. Mitchell) Saskatchewan Jake and the Kid (W.O. Mitchell) Saskatchewan Ticket to Curlew (C.B. Lottridge) Alberta

59 Unit 2: BC: Totems and Emily Carr Wills Garden (L. Maracle) also suitable for use with Unit 8 The West Coast Murders (R. MacGregor) Ravens Flight (D. Silvey) Lambs of Hells Gate (M.L. Bright) Cariboo Runaway (D. Davis)

60 Unit 3: Images of Ontario From City to Shield The Lost Sketch (Adventure.Net Series – A. and D. Spalding) A Bushel of Light (T. Harrison) The Ghost of the Stanley Cup (R. MacGregor) Horror on River Road (R. MacGregor)

61 Unit 4: Québec: les Habitants & the Habs! Terra Incognita (A. Metikosh) The Hollow Tree (J. Lunn) The Quebec City Crisis (R. MacGregor) The Kings Daughter (S. Martel)

62 Unit 5: The Maritimes & the Land of Anne The Girl on Evangeline Beach (A. Carter) Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery) Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery) Lucy Maud and Me (M.F. Coady)

63 Unit 6: Canadas North and the Inuit Napachee (R. Feagan) The Screech Owls Northern Adventure (R. MacGregor) Lost in the Barrens (F. Mowat) Call of the Wild (J. London) Not a Canadian author

64 Unit 7: Canadian Dreams: The Railroad, RCMP & Yukon Gold Jasons Gold (W. Hobbs) Not a Canadian author Ambush in the Foothills (B. Freeman) Gold Fever Trail (Monica Hughes) Steel Across the Shield (P. Berton)

65 Unit 8: Canadas First Nations Maybe Tomorrow (J. Weir) My Name is Sepeetza (S. Sterling) Wills Garden (L. Maracle)

66 Unit 9: Black Canadians and the Underground Railroad Underground to Canada (B. Smucker) If I Just Had Two Wings (V.F. Schwartz) The Last Safe House (B. Greenwood)

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