Activity: Being Canadian
This activity asks students to personalize their own lists of "great Canadians" by working in groups to create a shortlist.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Two 45-minute classroom periods, plus homework time
- Student copies of Sheet 11: Selection Committee - one per group
WHAT TO DO
If you haven't done one of the other activities, take a moment to discuss the concepts of "fame", "greatness" and "celebrity" with your students. Pose the question: If you were creating a Hall of Fame, what would some of the selection criteria be?
Ask students to divide into small groups of three or four. Assign them one of the Halls of Fame below, or ask them to come up with their own Hall of Fame. Give each group a copy of Sheet 11: Selection Committee. Give them time to fill it out (alternative: do this as a homework assignment). Students must select one member of their group to present their new Hall of Fame to the class.
Suggested Halls of Fame
- Living Canadians
- World Leaders in History
- Top Moneymakers
- Environmental Champions
- Canadian Musicians
- Canadian Rock Musicians
- Chinese-Canadians (or any other Canadian cultural community)
- Aboriginal Canadians
Within their groups, students should come up with their own criteria, select five inductees, fill out Sheet 11, and discuss display possibilities if they are creating a physical hall of fame.
When the groups have decided what their Hall of Fame looks like, and who the inductees are, have a group representative make a presentation to the rest of the class. To extend this activity, student groups could create drawings of their exhibition, or present their Hall of Fame as a PowerPoint slide show.