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Celebrating Our Own Community

Which features make our community special?


The foundations for student understanding of:

General Outcomes 2.1, "Canada’s Dynamic Communities," and 2.2, "A Community in the Past," may usefully be developed by exploring the characteristics and traditions that make their own community special. Learning about their home community provides students with a basis for extending the concepts to subsequent studies of Inuit, Acadian and prairie communities.

Students’ inquiry into the identity, diversity and uniqueness of communities focuses on six contributing factors: geography, culture, language, heritage, economics, and resources.

Critical Challenges

Students might explore this overarching theme by completing these challenges:

Help Documents

Embedding Critical Thinking Into Teaching and Learning PDF
This document provides a definition of critical thinking, and discusses how to embed critical thinking into teaching and learning.

Definitions of Terms Used in Overarching Critical Inquiries
This document provides definitions of Overarching Critical Inquiry, Critical Challenge, Modelling the Tools, Support Material, Graphic Organizer, Assessment, and Background Information.

Meeting the Diverse Learning Needs of All Students PDF
This document provides suggestions to help teachers plan for diverse learning needs.

Reference Charts

The following charts provide a quick overview of correlations, references, and summaries for all the Critical Challenges. In the charts, the Critical Challenges are organized according to which Overarching Critical Inquiry they address.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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