Students write a script and present a brief role play about how Quebec evolved from an inward looking society to one that developed nationalistic aspirations by the 1960s. By completing this activity students understand how the Catholic Church supported the rights of workers in Quebec during the late 1940s.
MI4.01 - make reasoned generalizations or appropriate predictions based on research.
The teacher may video record students’ performances. This may help in completing performance evaluations.
Prior Knowledge Required
Students require familiarity with French-English relations up to and including the Conscription Crisis during World War II.
1. Students write and perform brief plays or dialogues that demonstrate how the striking labourers in Asbestos, Quebec felt about their employer and the government of Maurice Duplessis. Students also include discussion about the role of the Catholic Church and the importance of the strike in Quebec’s history in their plays. Students use suggested resources or their current textbook for the information needed in their dialogues. The teacher could read the resources for this activity with students to give them some understanding of the nature of the change that was occurring in Quebec at the time of the Asbestos strike.
2. The teacher shows students how to write a simple script (e.g., names are separated from the text with colons and stage directions for the actors' movement are in parentheses).
3. Students work in small groups of three to four persons. Each student should have at least five to six speaking lines in their respective dialogues. Students prepare a draft of their dialogues so that the teacher can edit them for effective knowledge, understanding, and communication.
4. One approach the students could take is to write a dialogue that is a discussion between three or four miners. In their dialogues, students describe their feelings about their working conditions, the way Duplessis has treated them, the relationship between their union and Duplessis, the role of the Catholic church, how they benefited from the strike, and how it was important in Quebec’s history.