THE POST-WAR PERIOD AND THE LONG 1960s
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The following unit plan will explore the complex and diverse elements of The Post-War Period and the Long 1960s, specifically between 1944 and 1974. Our group chose to focus on this era because it was a time of change for Canadians that does not traditionally garner much attention in the grade ten classroom. The main objective of this unit is to have students explore the big question: How did Canada’s identity develop after World War 2? Students will analyze and evaluate this big question through the six main historical thinking concepts: 1) Historical Significance, 2) Cause and Consequence, 3) Continuity and Change, 4) Historical Perspectives, 5) Evidence, and 6) Ethical Dimensions. By using this method, students will be challenged to answer this question through their own critical thinking, using checkpoints and formative assessment during lessons as their guide. They will prove their understanding and opinion of this complex question in a final culminating task described below.