Canadian History in the Twentieth Century

Assessment/Evaluation Techniques

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Assessment/Evaluation Techniques

  • The teacher confers with the different groups in the jigsaw exercise to ensure comprehension of the assignment.

  • Formative assessment rubric of the student letters to United Nations Canadian peacekeepers.

  • The teacher conferences with the students role playing the Prime Ministers.

  • The teacher reviews the questions prepared by the students for their interview with the prime minister.

  • Summative evaluation of the paragraphs evaluating the careers of Chretien and Mulroney which focus on the organization and quality of the paragraph. The evaluation sheet assigns a mark for structure and quality of the arguments. There is a section highlighting the positive aspects of the paragraph and indicating one or two areas to review in preparation for future similar assignments.


  • The teacher may provide students with a brief summary of the various Canadian peacekeeping missions.

  • Students could dictate their letter to the peacekeepers to be transcribed by a peer helper.

  • The teacher could pair students to prepare questions for the interview.

  • The teacher could work with the students when reading the information and use the Read, Stop, Write strategy

  • Students read the information from the texts with a reading partner.

  • Students could be given a fill-in-the-blank template for their letters and paragraph.

  • Students could be assessed and evaluated orally.


Approved classroom textbooks


Heritage Minute on John Humphrey, CB Foundation.

“CBC News In Review” dealing with the Peacekeeping Missions and the federal elections of 1993, 1997

Santor, Donald. Government and Law. Canadian Scrapbook. Prentice Hall, 1989.

Web Sites

United Nations

keyword search: Mulroney, Chretien, Liberal Party of Canada,



Appendix 5.4.1 – Assessment Rubric for the Letter to a Canadian Peacekeeper

Appendix 5.4.2 – Headlines for Federal Elections 1984, 1988, 1993, 1997

Appendix 5.4.1

Assessment Rubric for the Letter to a Canadian Peacekeeper



Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Content (overview of mission)



- demonstrates a limited comprehension of the particular mission

- demonstrates some comprehension of the particular mission

- demonstrates considerable comprehension of the particular mission

- demonstrates a thorough comprehension of the particular mission

Evaluation of the mission


- provides a superficial evaluation

- provides a limited evaluation

- provides a balanced evaluation

- provides an insightful evaluation

Personal Message (sympathy for the hardships being experienced, appreciation for action, hope for a safe mission, seek divine protection, hopes of further contact)


- expresses a limited number of the elements for the personal message

- expresses some of the elements for the personal message

- expresses a considerable number of the elements for the personal message

- expresses all the elements for the personal message

Format (date, address of recipient, salutation paragraph structure, conclusion)


- applies a limited number of format elements

- applies some of the format elements

- applies a considerable number of format elements

- applies all of the format elements


Areas to Review:

Next Steps:
Note: A student whose achievement is below level 1 (50%) has not met the expectations for this assignment or activity.

Appendix 5.4.2

Headlines for Federal Elections 1984, 1988, 1993, 1997

Election of 1984-Brian Mulroney Elected

Mulroney’s 211 seats the highest in history

Quebec Liberals left in ruins as Tories take 60 of 75 seats

Mulroney pledges to rebuild economy and unite regions

Canadians gave Mulroney votes on blind faith

Angry voters sweep aside 15 Liberal cabinet ministers

The Conservatives are given a mandate for change

Canadians clearly vote against an old, arrogant Liberal government

Mulroney’s alliance with Quebec nationalists and right wing westerns assures victory

Many see Mulroney’s attack on Turner during the debate as the turning point of the campaign

Election of 1988-Brian Mulroney Re-elected

Mandate clear, PM says

Decisive Tory win gives green light for free trade pact

Canada now under American umbrella

Tories win back to back majority but with fewer seats – 170

Mulroney pledges unity, harmony, and prosperity

Liberals rebound with 81 seats

Conservatives win majority with less than 45% of popular vote

Mulroney’s promise to safeguard social programs seen as basis for free trade support

Big business happy with new Tory majority government; free trade deal expected to bring dividends to Canada’s economy

Mulroney keeps regional alliances together to ensure victory

Election of 1993-Jean Chretien Elected

Chretien no longer ‘yesterday’s man’

Jean Chretien’s Liberals sweep to power as voters radically reshape the political map

Voter rage about the status quo swept away good MPs

Tories who once revelled in Campbell’s candour learned to wince when she spoke

Tory alliance with Quebec nationalists ended with Bloc victory

Campbell destruction seen as a rebuttal of Mulroney

Canadians reject Tories but elected a region based federal government

Quebecers reject Chretien and vote in Bouchard as leader of opposition

Chretien says nation needs to time to heal

Election of 1997-Jean Chretien is Re-elected

Chretien wins a narrow majority; no such majority since St. Laurent

A hallow Liberal victory splinters Canada into regional blocs

Liberals face Reform Party as new opposition

The Bloc loses official opposition party status

Liberals decimated in Maritimes and in west; secure all but one Ontario seat

Chretien promises to lead government of integrity

Chretien scores high marks with voters on his love of a united Canada

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