READINGS IN CANADIAN HISTORY
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If you are looking for an inexpensive and flexible "living books" approach to studying Canadian history or for a uniquely Canadian unit study program, you have found it! The Readings in Canadian History program contains enough varied activity suggestions to keep your student busy for a long time. Some assignments could even be weighted heavily as science objectives (e.g. tides in Nova Scotia). If you use RICH as the core of a unit study program, you will need to add math, phonics, and Bible.

Read Your Way Through Canadian History

The Readings in Canadian History Components section below lists the elements of a Readings in Canadian History package, including details about the format of lesson plans and a sample lesson. You will see how many opportunities there are in RICH for language arts activities (reading, learning vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, narrating, writing, researching, making up/answering questions, interviewing), art activities (drawing, copying, tracing maps & pictures), and project activities (role-playing, making models, designing unique projects), etc. Since this is a study guide and not a workbook, you tailor the assignments as needed for your student, making them as simple or as complex as you feel they need to be. And you grade (or not) according to how well you believe your child handled the assignment. With RICH, all of your children will study the same subject and do the same activities (if you wish) at the same time! (That by itself is an awesome time-saver!)

Founding the Nation of Canada

You will find the Volumes section further down. The first volume is ready for purchase and I am in the process of creating a second. When I began developing this product I intended for each volume to be completed within one school year, but it can take more (or less) than that--depending on how thorough you wish to be. Since it is a "living books" approach to studying Canadian history, it would not be at all unreasonable to allow Readings in Canadian History to double as your literature program and sections of your language arts program for 2 or 3 years! By the time you have finished the first volume, the second should be ready for you.

NOTE: You will need to borrow or purchase the books covered by this study guide if you wish to read them. (I say "if" because you could use this as an organized source of research topics and activity suggestions.) The listed books are available through the Canadian public library system and at used book stores.

The Versions section at the bottom of this page lists the different formats in which each Readings in Canadian History volume is available. If you need more information about the Readings in Canadian History product than can be found on this website, please send me a request by e-mail or contact form.

  • Readings in Canadian History Components

    1. Front and back covers to put into your own binder
    2. Book List (30 or more titles)
      • The list includes the titles of books used to develop the lesson plans for one volume of RICH, together with the authors' names. Most of these books are from the Great Stories of Canada series published by MacMillan in the 1950's and 1960's for grades 4 and up. (As an adult I found these books very engaging and certainly suitable for high school students, too.)
      • The books are NOT included with this product. They are available at Canadian public libraries and used book stores.
      • The books are listed chronologically (with year spans indicated) in sections that describe the main activity of that point in Canadian history.
      • This allows you to read your way through Canadian history using the Readings in Canadian History lesson plans as your guide.
      • The Readings in Canadian History lesson plans can be your guide to studies in Canadian history even if you do not read the listed books! There is plenty of information given in each lesson plan to tell you what information to research and study even if you do not want to take the "living books" approach.
    3. Lesson Plans
      • One for each of the books listed
      • Every lesson looks like the one shown here (This is a PDF file.Readings in Canadian History sample lesson front and This is a PDF file.back), and many include prepared questionnaires (12 questions) as well.
      • This sample lesson from the Early Exploration section in RICH, Year 1, is about Pierre Esprit Radisson. In it you can see an example of every lesson feature and optional assignment category described below.
      • Lesson Features
        • Lesson Objective--A concise statement of the main things the student should learn from the lesson (a huge clue for you about the book's storyline).
        • Introductory Activity--A concise description of an activity that will help your student be alert for clues about a main point of the study as s/he reads (or listens to) the story.
        • Extensive Vocabulary List--Words taken from the book. Select whichever words would be appropriate for your child and help him or her learn their definitions and spellings. Consider using ICANSPELL with this.
        • Primary Reference Materials List--The title and author of the book upon which the lesson was built. Indicates the number of chapters and pages.
        • Secondary Reference Materials List--One or more books or encyclopedia references that you can use to supplement or replace the primary book if you can't find it. Indicates which chapters and page numbers to read. Most often the secondary reference comes from Janet Lunn's "The Story of Canada" and/or Stan Garrod's "Canada: Growth of a Nation."
      • Optional Assignment Categories
        • These are easily tailored to your child's age and interest level, and can be as simple or complex as you require.
        • Note: The Millennium Time Line System offers forms your student can use to do these assignments (but they are by no means necessary).
          1. Map--Focusses on drawing, copying or tracing a map of the main geographical location of story events. (Note: This MTLS form example shows the back of the map page, where instructions for additional map-related assignments can be detailed.)
          2. Project--Offers an activity opportunity (often of student's own design) focussing on some aspect of the story.
          3. Time Line--Points out two or three main dates from the story that can be plotted on a time line.
          4. Book Report--Asks student to report about this book or another one on the same subject so as to gain a deeper or different perspective.
          5. Essay/Report--Suggests a topic arising from the book for the student to write about.
          6. Illustrations--Offers an opportunity to draw, copy or trace pictures of specific things discussed in the story.
          7. Clippings Pocket--Offers a place to store small, flat things (like newspaper articles, photographs, index cards) related to the story.
          8. Research Notes 1--Provides an opportunity to practice research skills on a topic arising from the book. (Note: This form guides the student to research a topic using brief who, what, why, when, where and how sections spread over the back and front of one page.)
          9. Research Notes 2--Provides an opportunity to practice research skills on a second topic arising from the book. (Note: This form intentionally limits the amount of space that a student needs to fill so that s/he learns to be concise, but more importantly that s/he is not overwhelmed by the word "research." The whole back of this form is free for adding illustrations.)
          10. Reading Questionnaire--Lists a series of questions to answer while reading or after reading the book, or suggests making up questions along the line of a provided theme. This page of questions could be used as a self-guide to the reading, or as an interview prompt sheet.
          11. Narrate--Asks the student to tell the story in his or her own words. (Note: There is no MTLS form for narration.)
  • Readings in Canadian History Volumes

    1. Year 1, Founding the Nation of Canada
      • Front Cover (and back cover)
      • This is a PDF file.Book List (30 titles)
      • 30 lessons
        • This is lesson 11 from RICH1, Early Exploration, about Pierre Esprit Radisson: This is a PDF file.front and This is a PDF file.back.
    2. Year 2, Developing the Nation of Canada
      • Front Cover (and back cover)
      • Tentative This is a PDF file.book list (33 titles)
      • 33 lessons
        • Lesson preparation is in process
  • Readings in Canadian History Versions

    1. Year 1, Founding the Nation of Canada
      • E-mailed PDF version
        • Read Me First document explains how to print a complete package.
        • Document files--sent to you by e-mail--of all pages, printable from computers with This link goes off-site.Adobe Acrobat
        • There is no charge for e-mail delivery, but you will need to send me an e-mail address that will accommodate an an approximately 4.0 MB folder or a 2.7 MB compressed folder.
        • I will e-mail the product to you at the earliest opportunity after I have received payment.
        • We cannot make a refund for any e-mailed PDF product, but we will be happy to re-send files damaged or lost during transfer over the internet (to the same e-mail address only).
      • PDF version on CD
        • Read Me First document explains how to print a complete package.
        • CD of all document files printable from computers with This link goes off-site.Adobe Acrobat, which is available free on the internet.
        • You can print as many copies as you need for your own family's use.
      • Microsoft Word 2003 Document Templates E-mailed
        • Read Me First document explains how to use the document templates.
        • All of the lesson plans have been set up as Microsoft Word 2003 document templates and will be e-mailed to you.
        • There is no charge for e-mail delivery, but you will need to send me an e-mail address that will accommodate an approximately 3.5 MB folder or an approximately .8 MB compressed folder.
        • I will e-mail the product to you at the earliest opportunity after I have received payment.
        • We cannot make a refund for any e-mailed product, but we will be happy to re-send files damaged or lost during transfer over the internet (to the same e-mail address only).
        • Document templates allow users to make various adaptations before printing off their own masters or before creating documents to retain on the computer.
        • If necessary, you can convert the masters you make to PDF files to make them compatible with your printer. The driver I use is This link goes off-site.pdf995.
      • Microsoft Word 2003 Document Templates on CD
        • Read Me First document explains how to use the document templates.
        • All of the lesson plans have been set up as Microsoft Word 2003 document templates in the CD version.
        • This allows users to make various adaptations (such as changing secondary reference materials or vocabulary words) to lessons before printing them off.
        • If necessary, you can convert the masters you make to PDF files to make them compatible with your printer. The driver I use is This link goes off-site.pdf995.
      • Paper
        • All pages printed back to back on paper, with covers, hole-punched and ready for you to put into your own binder.
    2. Year 2, Developing the Nation of Canada
      • Not yet available.
 

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