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Belonging to a Family Shapes Identity

What important events in my family's past have shaped my identity?


Many of the specific outcomes related to:

General Outcome 1.2, "Moving Forward with the Past: My Family, My History and My Community," can be addressed by inviting students to examine how significant events in their family's past influence their identities.

In pursuing this inquiry, it is important to anticipate that some children may find sharing family or personal information problematic, distressing or, perhaps, impossible.

These children may be:

  • foster children, adopted children,
  • children whose families are politcal refugees desiring anonymity
  • children whose parents disapprove of sharing personal information
  • children upset because beloved family traditions have been lost because of a recent death, divorce or entry into a newly-blended family.

If there is reason to suspect that this inquiry may present difficulties for a child or family, work with parents/guardians to develop a suitable approach when asking the child to share family or personal history and consider substituing stores or media sources as alternatives, allowing the child to select a tradition that he or she is comfortable and willing to share with the class.

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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