Write a humorous or absurd story in which a porcupine plays an important role.
Write an article proposing that Canada adopt the porcupine, rather than the beaver, as its national symbol.
Write a well-organized essay in which you contrast Canada and the United States in terms of your own experiences of these two countries, choosing either a subject-by-subject or a part-by-part approach.
Although Ireland has gained independence since the the events of the O’Flaherty’s story “The Sniper” or Jordan’s film “Michael Collins,” Northern Ireland continues to be a place of conflict, which can be viewed in at least two ways:
Work in a group to debate these two opposing viewpoints. First, use print and electronic sources to research this conflict. Then decide on a statement to debate; for example, Northern Ireland should remain a separate country. Divide into two groups, one for and one against, and then prepare to debate with your classmates. Use the following guidelines as your prepare:
Write about the ways in which immigrant people enrich the quality of life in Canada.
Write a poem titled “How I came to Canada.”
Write a post in your blog about the ways in which immigrant people enrich the quality of life in Canada.
“Death of a Young Son by Drowning” by Margaret Atwood is a moving poem about the death of a child. The use of metaphor makes the poem more challenging.
Hope dies when one’s child dies.
What happened to the speaker? To her son?
What reflective question does this poem ask?
This poem comes from a collection written by Margaret Atwood called The Journals of Susanna Moodie. In this collection we read of the hardships and triumphs of the title character, who is a pioneer and recent immigrant to Canada. Find and read other poems from this collection.
Write about the comparisons this poem uses. Do you think the comparisons are appropriate or effective?
How do you feel about this poem? What do you like or dislike about it?
What do the last two lines mean?
Discuss the type of journey both mother and son make. Discuss how it symbolizes the journey of life, from birth to death.
“Death of a Young Son by Drowning” by Margaret Atwood
He, who navigated with success
the dangerous river of his own birth
once more set forth
on a voyage of discovery
into the land I floated on
but could not touch to claim.
His feet slid on the bank,
the currents took him;
he swirled with ice and trees in the swollen water
and plunged into distant regions,
his head a bathysphere;
through his eyes’ thin glass bubbles
he looked out, reckless adventurer
on a landscape stranger than Uranus
we have all been to and some remember.
There was an accident; the air locked,
he was hung in the river like a heart.
They retrieved the swamped body,
cairn of my plans and future charts,
with poles and hooks
from among the nudging logs.
It was spring, the sun kept shining, the new grass
leapt to solidity;
my hands glistened with details.
After the long trip I was tired of waves.
My foot hit rock. The dreamed sails
I planted him in this country
like a flag.
Research the Canadian Prime Ministers. Rank the top three according to how much information is available about them. Consider public and private contributions.
Focus on one and compare your knowledge of them with the knowledge that is available.
How do you think modern political leaders in Canada make their government-related decisions? Who are some of the people they might consult? If you were leader of a Canadian political party, whose counsel would you seek before making a decision that might affect the social and economic welfare of the people?
In Canada, what provisions exist for the political opponents of the party in power to express themselves?