This unit gives students an overview of the events that have challenged Canada’s unity and independence. Students examine the cases supporting and rejecting free trade as well as its impact on the labour movement and social programs. The challenges to Canadian society from Quebec and Aboriginal rights, economic disparity, and foreign affairs are also examined in the light of social justice principles. Students study the rise in Canadian pride through the arts and sports. They produce a video special of the last years of the twentieth century as a culminating activity. This unit gives students an insight into the future they will be entering and gives them a Catholic perspective in dealing with the challenges that lay ahead.
By creating a lasting memory of their interpretation of the Canadian identity, students synthesize their previous learning as they investigate the social and cultural fabric of the nation. Within the unit, students meet further examples of how the nation’s identity was formed, its economic foundations, and most importantly, its social relevance on the world stage. Students examine the ways in which Canada’s relationship with Great Britain and the United States has changed over time and the impact of that change on the nation. The role of the Catholic faith within the development of this national identity is clearly examined and students are able to place themselves, as Catholics, into the Canadian mosaic. The culminating activity is a unit test, in preparation for the final examination. As well, this unit forms the foundation for the final major assignment.
Throughout this entire course a variety of assessment methods, techniques, and instruments are employed. The chart below can assist teachers in selecting a variety of appropriate assessment strategies.
Method used to determine how and why students learn to assess dimensions of learning not easily observed or measured through tasks; to assess student understanding of personal growth and development
Method used to collect evidence of student learning through listening, questioning, responding, explaining; to assess communication and thinking skills; to monitor personal growth and development and attitudes toward learning
Method used to assess student’s achievement of particular knowledge or skills in depth
teacher-made (standards referenced) tests
criterion-reference achievement tests
provincial (standards referenced) tests
standardized (norm-referenced) tests
commercially prepared tests
Canadian Achievement Tests
developmental tracking records
Method used to assess student ability to apply, integrate, and transfer their knowledge, skills, and values; to evaluate student progress and achievement of learning expectations and standards; to determine expanded opportunities for individual students