For use with
the Exploration, the Fur Trade and Hudson's Bay Company
Site and the Early Canadiana Online database of early Canadian texts.
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Social Studies (History), Ages 16+
This documents provides a number of essay/WebQuest ideas. Students
will be able to use the Exploration, the Fur Trade and Hudson's
Bay Company site to begin research, and then turn to primary sources
to support themes and arguments.
Note that sources
on the ECO database can be read online, or printed and copied for
Note that there
are two printable versions. The Rich Text Format (RTF) can be altered
to suit your classroom needs.
Outcomes (WCP, APEF); Expectations (ON); Objectives
Social Studies Outcomes
By the end of these activities, students should be able to:
some of the consequences of Aboriginal and European interactions
early explorers and describe their impact on the development of
Canada (e.g. fur trade explorers)
classify, and interpret information
Language Arts Outcomes
- Read and
demonstrate an understanding of non-fiction materials (primary
and secondary sources) from different periods, with an emphasis
on analyzing and assessing information, ideas and themes
- Select and
use appropriate writing forms with a focus on essays
- Revise and
edit their work, independently and collaboratively
Arts Outcomes correspond to:
- WCP GO -
R: 3.2; W: 4
- Quebec objectives
- 2 (Reading); 1, 2 (Writing)
- APEF CGO
- R: 4; W: 10
For more link, see the Student Handout.
Online: Exploration, the Fur Trade and Hudson's Bay Company
Early Canadiana Online:
Essay Writing Sources: Early Canadiana Online Essay Writing Unit
Students will need:
of basic writing style and language conventions appropriate to
- Some knowledge
of Canadian history
- An understanding
of Web navigation symbols, tools and terminology.
Watch a video about early New France, BNA or Canada (16th, 17th
or 18th C). Discuss what life would have been like at that time
for different groups (women, Aboriginals, coureurs de bois, pioneers,
etc.). How did things change over this period?
Students are invited to use the ECO Exploration, the Fur Trade
and Hudson's Bay Company, the ECO database, as well as other
sources identified to complete a report or essay on some aspect
of Hudson's Bay Company and life in what would one day become
students are invited to use multi-media methods to enhance their
Discuss how their impressions of early Canada changed as a result
of their research.
See the Assessment Sheet. Educators
may also wish to use student-developed rubrics.