Overall Objective This unit examines how cultural distinctiveness has shaped Canadian society. The choices made by individuals are driven partly by society’s acceptance of cultural communities.
Grade level Advanced 9–12 and beyond. This unit can be adapted to younger grades and different courses of study in various Canadian provinces and territories.
Content Areas History Citizenship Social Studies Media English/ Language Arts
Materials Required Access to a computer lab, Internet connection, Web camera, data projector, flip chart paper or whiteboard, drawing paper and pencils.
Summary This unit explores the social and cultural influences that affect decisions we make about who we are and how we present ourselves. Students will examine how the modern behaviours and attitudes of Canadian youth are impacted by popular entertainment, and the passion Canadians have for their personal cultural heritage. The film excerpts highlight the contributions made by various people and how they value their cultural distinctiveness in Canada. (Note: Film clip Enigmatico contains profanity; teacher discretion advised.)