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This lesson is based on an interview format, with open-ended questions and detailed, full-sentence answers, a portrait of the person, a drawn geographical map, and a timeline (indicating important dates in the person's life and important dates in the corresponding history of the country).
Time Allowance: about 5 hours
Break students into groups of two, and assign each group a historical figure from New France. Each two-student team reads at least two works, whether partially or entirely. The project has two parts: a written part (Part 1), and an oral presentation to the rest of the class (Part 2).
From the works read, choose passages providing insight into the life of the individual and that individual's role in our history;
Formulate questions that correspond to the material gathered and adapt these passages to the format;
Choose an illustration of the person;
Draw a map outlining the voyages, sojourns, treks, or land owned by the person;
Create a timeline indicating three key dates from the life of the person and five dates from the history of the country (it does not matter which events are chosen as long as the student places the individual's dates in the context of other important events in Canadian history).
Each student is given a chart indicating the various individuals who will be introduced in a talk-show type "discussion" hosted by the instructor. The instructor may group the individuals in various ways, such as by similarities in their lives or by time period;
Only one spokesperson from each group takes part in the talk show;
It is important to highlight key information about the individuals, such as the years in which they lived, their activities, and their role in history, and to guide the class in recognizing the relationships between the individuals and their times, in order to identify the characteristics of the various periods.
One mark is awarded for the written work.
Optional: a second mark may be awarded for the content of the oral presentation.