Teacher Activity Links:
Let them be the Judge...
Many people believe in the early colonial days, there were very little problems during the British Columbia Gold Rush. Not so. A bloodless war, known by many names (the "Ned McGowan War", the Hill's Bar Incident, etc.) happened back on Christmas Day in 1858, on the mighty Fraser River.
Bring your students to a wealth of archival material (here on-line) for there persusal to find out the truth behind the reason for the war, if they can.
To research, using this website and other sources,to show your students the realities of personal biases which exist all around us.
Prescribed Learning Outcomes:
BC Grade 5 Social Studies Curriculum: Applications :
BC Grade 10 Social Studies Curriculum: Applications :
Group Size: Small groups of 3 or 4 or pairsMaterials
(substitutions are fine)
1. Bring your students into the internet accessible facility and have them sit in pairs at each station. Explain they will be acting as sleuths today on a very obscure topic, a War that happened in British Columbia over 130 years ago. Each pair will be responsible for
2. Direct you students to the website (address) and have them go straight to the "Kids" section. From here they move into the "You be the Judge" section.
3. Get them to read the "You be the Judge" page and then have them print a copy of the Note-taking Guide (or have them already printed and ready to go, leave them with instructions to print more copies if they need them.)
4. Have them choose which letters or readings they will present to the class.
5. The reading and note-taking may take two sessions on the computers.
6. Once they have finished their readings, have them present their findings to the entire class.
7. The teacher acts as a facilitator by conglomerating all their findings onto a chart (on large paper or poster board)during or after their mini-presentations. This may take one session in itself.
8. The class can then vote or discuss what they beleived to have happened.
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