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Eleventh graders put a human face on the refugee experience to help them empathize. They are given an "virtual" introduction to Antonio, which gives students insights into the life of refugees in Canada and around the world. Pupils recognize the underlying causes of population displancement and (hypothetically) act on them, and to analyze Canda's refugee asylum system from a position empathy for the refugees.
Students identify different plants and their uses by attending a field trip. In this Canadian plant lesson, students explore the great outdoors of Vancouver, B.C. and discuss the uses of plants by the Native Americans that once resided there. Students investigate invertebrates in the area using magnifying glasses and worksheets.
Students combat pervasive stereotypes. In this Critical Analysis lesson, students examine and evaluate the stereotypes of Aboriginal groups, as depicted in a picture book. Students will use primary and secondary sources to compose comparative analysis essays on other books that may foster stereotypes.
Use drawings as inspiration. Have learners doodle for 10 minutes before beginning the instructional activity. Then, have them use their doodles to inspire a story. Several writing activities are included here to play with writing. One of my favorites asks learners to write a story starter on a blank piece of paper, put the paper into a hat, and have each learner randomly draw one from the hat to start their story.