- This part of the Gr 7 curriculum is called "British North America" and it
a.. the reasons for the early settlement of English Canada (e.g., the
a.. the different groups of people (e.g., Black Loyalists, slaves,
indentured servants, Aboriginal Loyalists, Maritime Loyalists) who took part
in the Loyalists' migration and identify their areas of settlement;
a.. Canada's involvement in the "underground railway";
a.. life in English Canada (e.g., early pioneer experiences, family life,
economic and social life, growth and development of early institutions,
transportation, and emergence of towns);
a.. the major causes and personalities of the War of 1812;
a.. the impact of the War of 1812 on the development of Canada (e.g., the
building of fortifications, the Rideau Canal, and Kingston Road; movement of
the capital to Bytown [Ottawa]);
a.. the achievements and contributions of Sir John Graves Simcoe.
I too go into schools and do this and the teachers are greatful. The
teachers get a whole lesson done in one day with minimal planning.
However, (here is the professional coming out) if there is a Museum around
that is doing it, stay off their turf! You would be taking programme
revenue away from them and that is bad bad bad!!! Secondly please don't do
it if you don't know what you are talking about!! I can't tell you the
number of times a teacher has told me they have heard a re-enactor tell them
that neck stocks stop bayonets, and red coats hide the blood!
Some food for thought.
(and a Museum guy too!)
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> For those interested in reaching the children in the school system
> (sorry speaking with stirctly an Ontario perspective); the War of 1812
> is part of the Grade 7 curriculum. Checking out my son's text book, I
> was disappointed to see that the War of 1812 only encompassed 2.5
> pages. When I approached his teacher about doing more, we were
> welcomed with open arms. Maybe not every school or teacher will be as
> receptive, but it can not hurt to try!