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“The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”- Will Ferguson


Description
Description Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • Describe the person/place/ event in appropriate detail

  • Answering “Who What Where When” questions


Impact
Impact Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • How might we be different today, if this persons/place event never happened?

  • How has our understanding of (science, sports or medicine etc) changed by knowing this?


Revealing
Revealing Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • Why should we care about this topic?

  • How is this person/place/event like others?

  • How did researching this topic make you feel or think about how Canadians should be acting or doing relative to other topics?


How do you get there ask many questions
How do you get there? Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”Ask Many Questions

  • Focus on the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ questions


First question
First question Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • Why was the railroad built?

    TOO BROAD!!!

    • Look at some of your own answers to this question through your preliminary research

      • It was important to connect East and West, British Columbia needed it to be a part of Canada, military purposes, the United States already had one and was prospering, economically it would bring money… etc.


Narrow down ask more whys
Narrow down, ask more ‘whys’ Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • Why did British Columbia need the railroad built?

    Again… TOO BROAD!!

    • What do we know about British Columbia and the railroad?

      • British Columbia was cut off from the rest of Canada

      • Relations were better with the US than the rest of Canada – some saw this as a threat…


Asking the how questions
Asking the ‘How’ questions. Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • How did the railroad get built?

    Again… too broad.

  • Many different ways to go with this…

    • How did the engineers come to their decision to lay the track where they did?

    • What role did corruption play in building the railroad?

    • What is the story behind the immigrants that built the railroads?

      But these are still broad questions


Take one aspect
Take Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”one aspect…

  • Example.

    What is the story behind the immigrants that built the railroads?

    • Ask more questions:

      • Who were they?

      • How did they live their lives?

      • How were they treated?

      • How did they their impact Canadian society?


Consider all elements
Consider Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”all elements

  • Try and add all elements

    • Description (what you are talking about)

    • Impact (how is this relevant today)

    • Revealing (why should we care)

      So looking at the railroad…


The immigrants who built the railroads
The immigrants who built the railroads? Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • Description: immigrants were treated badly, poor living conditions, pay, and laws worked against them.

  • Impact: treatment of these immigrants lead to the laws that exist today with regard to the treatment of immigrants

  • Revealing: Why should we care? Racism is very destructive.


Tips Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”

  • - Try starting with either “How has” or “Why has”

  • - Try to include your hypothetical impact of you topic

  • - Look for a powerful theme within your topic eg. racism, heroism, struggle against adversity, multiculturalism, discovery, French-English tensions, First Nations tensions, freedom


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