With the release of the new Ontario Curriculum and its imminent implementation, we have been receiving a lot of PD with regards to the changes. One of those changes that I have been trying to start to prepare myself for, is making better cultural ties in my classroom.
In looking at the new curriculum, it lays out for us, what cultural connections can be made in core French from grade 5 through grade 8.
Grade 4: French-speaking communities in Ontario
Grade 5: French-speaking communities in Québec
Grade 6: French-speaking communities in Eastern, Western and Northern Canada
Grade 7: French-speaking communities in the Americas (outside of Canada)
Grade 8: French-speaking communities in Europe
I liked this because it gave me something to start with and will provide some consistency in my program.
As June quickly approaches, I was trying to find ways to continue to engage my students for the last month, but in a way that is still productive and where they can learn. I decided we are going to start one last project. I realize that many people might think I’m crazy for trying to undertake a project at this busy time when classes are on field trips, there will be one hundred and one assemblies and it will be pure chaos as warmer weather and summer get near.
But I say, ‘Challenge accepted!’
So here are the tasks they will undertake, followed (at the bottom) by the different communities/regions/areas that I found so far. These lists are not exhaustive. If I am missing something, please let me know. My hope is, with the help of my students, to do more research to verify the information and hopefully gather a variety of authentic links for the different places as well. (stay tuned for that).
You have been asked by your principal to create brochures to teach the primary students about the different regions of Quebec. Each group will have a different region to complete. Use the resources provided to you to help find the information that you need.
The government of Canada is having a contest to see who can make the best kid-friendly travel brochures about different Francophone communities. You and your partner will create a brochure together to submit to the contest about your designated community.
The government of Canada is collecting promotional tourism commercials for different Francophone communities/regions in North and South America (excluding Canada). Research the community/region you were given, find and use accurate resources and create a travel commercial for your community.
Naturally, I have set up introductory lessons where the students and I will create the success criteria and discuss what types of information that they can include in each type of task. Either way, I look forward to seeing the end result. I find my students never cease to amaze me. This is just one way that I have wrapped my head around the cultural connections, as I am very passionate about traveling.
How do you incorporate Francophone culture into your lessons currently? Or how do you foresee yourself incorporating it in the future?
Grade 5 – Regions in Québec
- http://www.quebec-tourisme.ca/Quebec-Capitale-Nationale.php (all in French but could use strategies to help figure out main ideas)
Grade 6 – Communities in Canada – except Ontario/Québec
- Vancouver & Victoria have the highest French-speaking populations, therefore we might research different festivals, events and the ways that they celebrate Francophone culture in these regions.
- Edmonton – Bonnie Doon is the French neighbourhood
- Calgary (has a percentage of the population that is French-speaking)
- Saint Albert
- Rivière la Paix
- Saint Paul
- Lac La Biche
The neighbourhoods of
Other Municipalities – links to these municipalities can all be found from http://directionmanitoba.com/nos-municipalites/ )
- De Salaberry
- La Broquerie
- Powerview / Pine Falls
- Riel Quarter
- Ste. Anne
- St. Claude
- St. Laurent
- St. Lazare
- St. Leon
- Duck Lake
- North Battleford
- Prince Albert
- Zenon Park
- Willow Bunch
- majority of Francophones from Nunavut live in Iqaluit (310 people)
- Hay River
- Fort Smith
- Norman Wells
- 82% of the francophone people live within Whitehorse and its surroundings
- Port au Port Peninsula (St. George, La Grand’ Terre, L’Anse-à-Canards)
- St. John’s
- Labrador (Labrador City-Wabush, Happy Valley-Goose Bay)
- Parts of Cape Breton Island, such as Île Madame and Cheticamp (north of Inverness)
Prince Edward Island
- Prince County
- Evangeline area – some villages include: Wellington, Abram-Village, Mont-Carmel
- Palmer Road
- St. Louis, PEI
- Acadian Peninsula in the northeast
- Edmonston in Madawaska
Grade 7 – Francophone Communities, Countries, Regions In the Americas (Outside of Canada)
- Madawaska, Maine
- Frenchville, Maine
- Van Buren, Maine
- Fort Kent, Maine
- French West Indies
- St. Martin
- French Guiana
- St. Lucia
St. Pierre et Miquelon
- Saint Barthélemy