BC Social Studies Lesson Plans
Grade 4

How did gold rushes affect the population of British Columbia?

  • I can explain how gold attracted people to BC.
  • I can analyze the impact of gold rushes on the people, environment, economy, and politics of BC.
  • I can share my ideas about how gold rushes impacted First Peoples and increased the diversity of people in our province.

How are appeals determined and how can appeals lead to changes in precedent? 

  • I can communicate and collaborate with my peers to review the process of appeals in Supreme Court of Canada cases. 
  • I can critically analyze Supreme Court decisions and identify their implications for the Canadian public.
  • I can take responsibility for my role in researching and sharing information to my group.

In what ways do international organizations and international law affect global change? 

  • I can effectively use presentation skills to communicate and analyze the role of global dispute resolution agencies in international human rights and economic development issues.
  • I can evaluate facts, identify critical questions, and challenge assumptions and ideas to draw conclusions about the role and impact of global dispute agencies and courts. 
  • I can employ social awareness and responsibility by engaging in respectful discussion and exchanging ideas with my peers.

How does the Indian Act promote assimilation?

  • I can describe the worldview of the Canadian government that resulted in the Indian Act
  • I can analyze three main sections of the Indian Act: the reserve system, residential schools, and Indian status.
  • I can recognize the long-term consequences of assimilationist policies and legislation on the First Peoples of Canada

How has the legal system and its laws been used to maintain inequalities?

  • I can identify and discuss examples of past discriminatory laws in Canada and how they reinforced inequalities for the targeted group.
  • I can analyze the legacy of discriminatory laws, for the communities previously targeted, and for Canadian society.
  • I can explain how changing social values and community awareness influence the reform process of laws. 

How do we balance principles of rehabilitation, punishment, and restorative justice in Canada’s Correctional System?

  • Students can identify and communicate informed opinions regarding underlying principles of the corrections systems in Canada. 
  • Students can consider different factors involved in successful sentencing, release and reintegration in Canada’s correctional system. 
  • Students can explain how restorative justice helps offenders understand the consequences of their actions and develop empathy towards those affected by their actions. 

How is poverty linked to privilege and power imbalances in society?

  • I am able to define poverty and describe how it impacts individual lives.
  • I can analyze consequences of injustices and power imbalances which lead to poverty in our society.
  • I can elaborate on my potential to bring about awareness of poverty and initiate change to current systems that promote inequality.

How can consumer awareness of ethical issues in manufacturing affect change? 

  • I am able to define fast fashion and globalization, and I can articulate examples of each.
  • I can analyze the various positive and negative aspects of globalization and fast fashion as well as how these affect people locally and globally.
  • I can make informed decisions as a consumer in bringing about awareness and change in the clothing sector, as a result of exercising my buying power.

How can ethical consumerism promote social justice?

  • I can communicate my findings about a company’s labour practices in a variety of forms.
  • I can evaluate a company’s labour practices and judge to what extent a company should be held responsible for the ethical failings of an outsourced third party.
  • I can make reasoned ethical decisions about how to use my purchasing power.

How is pollution linked to inequality?

  • I can communicate ways that the social justice issues of environment, poverty, and race are interconnected.
  • I can analyse relevant sections of the CCRF, UNDRIP, and CEPA in the context of environmental racism.
  • I can explain the causes and consequences of environmental racism in Canada today.

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