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ThinkDots Assignment

Assignment u06a1

Rod Murray

Unit: Grade 7 History- British North America

The Ontario Grade 7 History Curriculum covers three main topics: New France
(up to 1750), British North America (1750 to 1830), and Conflict and Change
(1837 Rebellions).

In the British North America unit, teachers provide instruction in the factual
information needed to understand the major events of English settlement in
Upper Canada and the events in America and elsewhere that have cause and
effect relationships. Students need opportunities to explore the historical,
personal, and long term effects on these historical events. Using Thinkdots,
students can explore, in depth, using various points of view, many aspects of the
events and how they affected the people and individuals at the time and even
A number of excellent resources are available, both text, video and online:

Canada- A People’s History- video series and website

The Canadian Encyclopaedia
Texts- Canada Revisited 7 , Pearson Canadian History 7
Rod Murray’s Grade 7 History Book marks

The Thinkdots below are divided into two sections, which allows for greater
differentiation. Once the introduction to the topics have been completed,

Curriculum Expectations

The following expectations are taken from the Ontario Curriculum:

Elementary: History 7/8. The bold type expectations are used as a focus
for the Thinkdots activities that follow.


Students examine where and why colonists settled in British North

America after the fall of New France, focusing on the American
Revolution as a catalyst for the migration of the Loyalists, the
Iroquois, and others. They also examine the causes, events, and
results of the War of 1812, including its influence on Canadian-
American relations. Students use inquiry/ research and
communication skills to explore how personalities and events
shaped the new British colonies.

Overall Expectations

By the end of Grade 7, students will:

* explain the origins of English settlement in British North
America after the fall of New France, describe the migration and
settlement experiences of the various groups of settlers, and outline
the causes, events, and results of the War of 1812;
* use a variety of resources and tools to gather, process, and
communicate information about the beginnings and development of
the new British colonies;
* identify some themes and personalities from the period, and
explain their relevance to contemporary Canada.

Specific Expectations

Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of Grade 7, students will:

* explain the historical impact of key events on the
settlement of British North America (e.g., the Treaty of Paris,
the Quebec Act, the American Revolution);
* describe the different groups of people (e.g., Black
Loyalists, slaves, indentured servants, Iroquois allied nations,
Maritime Loyalists) who took part in the Loyalists' migration
and identify their areas of settlement;
* outline the reasons for the early settlement of English
Canada (e.g., as an outcome of the American Revolution);
* explain key characteristics of life in English Canada
from a variety of perspectives (e.g., family life, economic and
social life, the growth and development of early institutions,
transportation, relationships with First Nation peoples and
French settlers);
* describe the major causes and personalities of the War
of 1812;
* describe the impact of the War of 1812 on the
development of Canada (e.g., defence-related construction, as
in Fort Henry and the Rideau Canal; the movement of the
capital to Bytown [Ottawa]; the emergence of national pride; the
building of roads such as Kingston Road and Yonge Street; the
shipping industry in the Maritimes);
* identify the achievements and contributions of significant
people (e.g., Sir John Graves Simcoe, Lady Elizabeth Simcoe,
Joseph Brant/Thayendanegea).
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-Describe it: Make a map of the Compare it: Use an online diagram
locations of Loyalist settlement in creator (e.g. Google Docs Drawing) to
Upper Canada, Lower Canada and create a Venn diagram comparing two of
the Maritimes showing the names of the groups of Loyalists to migrate to
major settlements and the origins in British North America (Black Loyalists,
America of the settlers. Use the slaves, servants, farmers, Iroquois
Internet and other resources to locate nations, Maritime Loyalists.) Use the
these areas. Use a blackline map diagram to explain the motivation for
downloaded from the National Atlas of leaving America, the places they settled,
Canada as a template. the conditions they encountered in their
new settlement, and the impact on their
new communities.

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-Associate it: Make a concept map or -Analyze it: Record and edit a video
mindmap using Smart Ideas, interview between a moderator and two
Mindmeister, or another visual tool, officers, one American and the other
showing the connections between British, and discuss who won the War of
various aspects of the life of a Loyalist 1812. Each character needs to present
e.g. housing, farming, transportation, at least 3 points of view supported by
family, and religion. Conduct your factual research.
research using the Internet and/or
print resources.

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-Apply it: Build a Wiki that contains -Argue it: Make a podcast from the point
artefacts (maps, links, photos, text, of view of one of the main characters of
video) to support the notion that one the War of 1812. Choose a British or
of the effects of the War of 1812 was American military or civilian character
the permanent establishment of an and describe the conflict in a particular
English speaking colony that set the battle as you saw it e.g. Stoney Creek,
foundations for Canada, with Crysler’s Farm, the Battle of Queenston
institutions that have continued their Heights, from your point of view.
existence into the present. Examples- Example characters:
the location of the nation’s capital, the
establishment of major cities,
government, buildings, canals.
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-Describe it: Describe the features of Compare it: Make a Venn Diagram
the various forts that were built to using Smart Ideas, Mindmeister or
protect the British and American Google Docs comparing the life of a
frontiers during the period 1700 to Loyalist teenager in Upper Canada in
1820 e.g. Niagara, George, Erie York, 1800 and a teenager in present day
Henry. Use photos and video and Ontario. What aspects of life are similar
collect your information in a or different? Think about food, clothing,
presentation (e.g. Powerpoint, Google shelter, games, school and family.
Docs Presentation, Slideshare)

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-Associate it: How are the heroes of -Analyze it: Write a speech from the
the War of 1812 like modern day point of view of Joseph Brant or
heroes? Choose one of the main Tecumseh describing the reasons you
characters and explain how they are and your followers took up the battle
like a modern day hero, sports start, with the British against the Americans.
celebrity, musician, or politician. Use a Record the speech as a podcast.
podcast, presentation or a video to
explain your ideas.

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-Apply it: Create a graph of the -Argue it: Find out about Laura Secord
changes in population in Upper and and her role in the War of 1812. Create
Lower Canada from 1750 to 1850 a Glogster about Laura Secord with the
using Excel. Point out important dates first person point of view that her actions
in the timeline using labels, including were the most important to the result of
the American Revolution, The Quebec the War of 1812. Decide whether she
Act, the War of 1812 etc. and draw was a heroine or a traitor, having been
some parallels between the population born in America, and standing by the
changes and the events. British.