Jump to page content
Small text Medium text Large text Terms and Concepts Site map Adjust text size Text and printable version Home
For teachers
General lesson plan
Culture and Environment

Overall Objective
To learn to analyze the relationship between cultural attitudes and exploitation and/or protection of the natural environment. The fundamentals of the relationship between humans and their environment are mental constructs that are learned and can therefore be modified.

Grade levels
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
Social Studies
History
English – Language Arts
Writing
Media Studies
Canadian Studies

Materials Required
Access to a computer lab, Internet connection and browser.

Summary
By watching film excerpts, students explore some of the diverse cultural beliefs and practices that underlie human interaction with the natural environment. Students should develop a deeper understanding of conservation.

Access all lesson plans »»

Site section related to this lesson plan
Pour les profs
Excerpt or film related to this lesson plan
Le Mont Rigaud : une colline chez les hommes
 

Help

 

Internet connection

Each film on this site is available for viewing at low speed or high speed.

  • Low speed: recommended if your Internet connection uses a dial-up modem (56 kbps or slower). Low-speed viewing results in lower quality image and sound.
  • High speed: recommended if you have high-speed Internet (DSL, cable modem) or are connected to an institutional network. Viewing in high-speed mode may cause occasional jerky images and sound interruptions if the speed of your connection is not fast enough.

If you're not sure which speed to use for viewing the films, try high speed first. If the results are not satisfactory, switch to low speed.

 

Format

Films can be available for viewing in either Macromedia Flash or QuickTime. Image and sound quality are similar for all these formats.

  • Flash: lets you view the film directly in the Web page without launching an external application. Requires the Flash plug-in (download for free at Macromedia Flash Player).
  • QuickTime (alternative format): requires QuickTime, version 7 or more recent (download for free at QuickTime).
 

Closed captions (CC)

Translation of the audio portion of a film into subtitles, for example, dialogue, narration, sound effects, etc. These captions let hearing-impaired viewers read what they cannot hear. Closed captions are available for a few films. To access them, you must select QuickTime (under Format) and With closed captions (under Accessibility).

 

Described video (DV)

A narrated description of a film's key visual elements to enable the vision-impaired to form a mental picture of what is happening on screen. Described video is available for a few films. To access them, you must select QuickTime (under Format) and With described video (under Accessibility).

Excerpt  (1:50)
Excerpt related to this lesson plan
Le Mont Rigaud : une colline chez les hommes
[2000]
Excerpt  (1:50)
For Future Generations
[1985]
Excerpt  (3:22)
For Future Generations
[1985]
Excerpt  (1:81)
Something in the Air
[2001]
Excerpt  (2:27)
Return of the Swift Fox
[1988]
Excerpt  (3:21)
Return of the Swift Fox
[1988]
Excerpt  (3:19)
The Barrens Quest
[1997]
Excerpt  (4:29)
Death of a Legend
[1971]
Excerpt  (2:19)
Where the Bay Becomes the Sea
[1985]
Excerpt  (1:25)
A House on the Prairie
[1978]
Excerpt  (2:21)
In Search of the Bowhead Whale
[1974]
Excerpt  (1:02)
In Search of the Bowhead Whale
[1974]
Excerpt  (3:21)