Citizenship: “I am Proud to be ….”

National Pride & Citizenship: “I am Proud to be ….”

Okay, so yesterday I posted a request:
I was looking for activities that encourage students to reflect upon and write about why they are “proud to be Canadian’.
I received some amazing responses … but they weren’t really what I was looking for. (Having said that I have certainly archived many of them for future use.)
I then responded to my own request, and came up with the following activity.
… just thought I’d share.
Cheers,
Ally

Citizenship:
Why Canada is a Great Place to Live;
Why I’m Proud to be Canadian

1. Prep-Work:
Teachers explore the 2 sites below. (More can be found if needed … but it’s a start). Both sites list some of the reasons why Canada is such an amazing place to live.
Teachers choose one reason per day (or every other day — whatever suits) to share with students.
Sites:
a) TOP 10 REASONS TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA! http://mcics.ecan.biz/about_cwcc.html
b) Top 10 Reasons To Live In Canada http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-184385.0.html

2. In-class: Teacher Facilitated:
Teachers post one reason per day on the Smartboard. i.e. “Multiculturalism Canada encourages immigrants to retain their unique culture. Nowhere else is there such a diversity of cultures existing together in a tolerant, peaceful society.” or “Top Quality Education Offering free primary and secondary education and subsidized post-secondary studies, Canada spends more on education than any industrialized nation. Canadian universities and colleges have a strong international reputation for high quality.” or “Health and Welfare Canadians have access to social assistance programs, affordable housing, FREE HEALTHCARE, and a strong government that helps its people.” (quotes have been cut & copied from the following sites: http://mcics.ecan.biz/about_cwcc.htmlhttp://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-184385.0.html)
Teachers should further explain ideas/vocabulary and check for student understanding. Teachers then act as facilitators while students have open and honest discussions about the concept of the day.

3. Student Assignment:
Give each student  a notebook. Students decorate the cover in any way this wish (e.g. draw, use stickers, cut out pictures, etc.) in order to make it their own/personal.
Following classroom discussions students are to reflect on the idea/prompt and record their thoughts and  ideas. In order to increase authenticity and relieve any anxiety students are encouraged to view their notebooks as personal diaries of sorts. While they are encouraged to use their best spelling, grammar & printing they will not be marked on the mechanics of writing. On certain days students may also be encouraged to present their ideas in the form of a web, diagram, illustration, etc..
At the end of a given period of time students are required to make a presentation based on their journal entries. Students are free to choose from a number of formats, e.g. Power Point Presentation, Voicethread, StoryBird, Glogster, Animoto, iMovie, a speech, a written essay, a play, poetry, songs, a poster, etc.. whatever “speaks” to them.

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