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Grade 8 History:  Canada from the 1850's to the end of the First World War




Melissa E. Ramon

Teacher Contact Information:

Office location: Rogers Hall Rm. 107

Telephone: 905 727 3189 x 419


Teacher web site: 


Requirements: Students are required to bring the following to each class: laptop with OneNote notebook, positive attitude.

Students will be required to use during our written projects.  This website will be a necessary tool to help students understand the concept of plagiarism and develop their skill in writing original prose.




Pearson Canadian History 8, online version.




In Grade 8, students develop an understanding of events in Canada from the 1850s to 1914 and the events leading up to the beginning of the First World War. They investigate the formation of the Canadian nation and its subsequent expansion. They also examine some of the individuals, groups, and movements promoting political and social change in the early twentieth century.





Unit Title

In delivered sequence



Unit 1


In their study of Confederation, students develop an understanding of the major factors and significant events that led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.  They also consider some of the key individuals involved in the formation of the nation.  They examine the growth of Canada as other provinces and territories joined Confederation, and they investigate regional interests in order to appreciate and understand the regions' various points of view.

September - November

Unit 2

The Development of Western Canada:  In studying the expansion of the new Canadian nation, students explore the growth and development of the Canadian West.  They examine a wide range of changes and conflicts from the viewpoints of the Canadian government, the Aboriginal peoples, the Metis and the early immigrants.

November - April

Unit 3

A Changing Society: In studying Canada as a changing society, students focus on why and how changes occur in society.  They examine social and economic factors, as well as individuals and groups, promoting change in Canada up to 1918.  Canada's involvement in World War I is studied, with emphasis on the impact of the war on both Canadians and the world community.

April - June

Unit 4

Final Examination Preparation






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Extra-help: During open classroom (after lunch) and/or before school on a request basis.




Evaluation is based on the four Ministry of Education achievement categories of knowledge and understanding, thinking/inquiry, communication, and application/creation.  A single evaluation may include one or more of the above categories.  Evaluation in this course will be continuous throughout the year and will include a variety of assessment methods (e.g. assignments, projects, practical exercises, presentations, discussions, unit tests, tests and an examination). The distribution of marks into a grade is based on the departmental assessment and evaluation guide for the course and will reflect the studentís most consistent level of achievement where appropriate.  Comments on the development of learning skills and contributions to the course will also be provided on reports.  Term work will be 85% of the overall grade for the course; the final summative evaluation will be 15% of the overall grade.











  Current Events Project




Classroom Activities








Final Examination













Late Work:


Guided Learning Centre policies will apply for major projects that are overdue (see Parent & Student Handbook). 


Final Evaluation:

Students are expected to complete a final examination in the course.  The exam will mirror the tests they have completed during the year.