Classroom Examples: Middle School: Humanities

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Accessible Learning for All

The diversity in today’s classrooms is enormous. Students represent a wide array of prior experience and knowledge, with a wide ...Continue Reading
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All My Relations

This is an inquiry into the historical and contemporary relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, designed by a humanities teacher from Calgary Connect Charter School.... Continue Reading
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Big Valley: Then and Now

In this study students looked at the cultural aspects of Big Valley at the height of the railway boom, 1910-20's and at present day.... Continue Reading
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Effective Teaching: A Case Study on Spoken Word

Over the past several years, “Spoken Word” has become an increasingly popular means of expression. ... Continue Reading
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History of Cowboy Culture

Two grade 3 classes, a grade 2/3 class, and students in grade 6 & 8 worked together on an inquiry study into the culture, the challenges and the future of the cowboy.... Continue Reading
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Naming The West

This study connected 22 teachers and 450 grade 2, 5 and 9 students from 11 schools within Foothills School Division with education mentors from Galileo, archivists from the Okotoks Museum and the Museum of the Highwood.... Continue Reading
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Ranting: Persuasive Writing and Speaking

Modelling Rick Mercer’s ranting style, grade 9 students were tasked with writing a short persuasive speech, ranging from 45-90 seconds, about a topic of their choosing.... Continue Reading
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Rural Roots – Farming in the Palliser Triangle

In our school there are 109 students between five and fifteen years of age. We are the grade nines and we are investigating our rural roots and we will be interviewing our farmers and taking pictures of our farms.... Continue Reading
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The Arrival

Using pages from Shaun Tan's “The Arrival” grade 9 students collaboratively created compelling narratives to accompany the spectacular images in the book.... Continue Reading
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Virtual Museum

Grade 7 students from Calgary Science School were invited to re-mix images and designs from historical documents to produce fresh interpretations of the stories that helped to shape Canada’s past and our current national identity.... Continue Reading
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Writing Engaging Stories

Task: In this grade 6 discipline-based inquiry, students were tasked with taking under-circulated books from the school’s library and completely revamping ...Continue Reading
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Youth Criminal Justice Act

Breaking down the barriers of the classroom and inviting outside experts in allowed this group of grade 9 students to develop a deeper understanding of Canada’s youth justice system.... Continue Reading

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