Lesson activities to accompany the vignette "Mayo Singh" from the acclaimed Knowledge Network series; Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia produced by Landrock Entertainment. The vignette explores the role of Mayo Singh in establishing a model multi-cultural Forestry community around Paldi on Vancouver Island. The supporting lesson materials focus on the role and challenges that Mayo Singh had in creating and sustaining a sawmill in the early part of the 20th century. This is a unit created by the Labour History Project, a group of retired and current British Columbia teachers collaborating to develop a series of lesson plans, activities, and workshops focused on labour studies and labour history. See: http://www.labourheritagecentre.ca/education/lesson-plans/
The materials address aspects of the key learning standards of the current social studies 10 curriculum. Critical thinking skills are applied throughout as well as research and writing skills as described in the “skills and processes of social studies”. Aspects of “Identity, Society and Culture” are addressed in the materials including gender roles, ethnicity and daily life in early 20th Century British Columbi. Elements of the “Economy and Technology” learning outcomes are discussed in the examination of resource development and technological innovations.
In Social Studies 11 under the society and Identity learning outcomes, students will also be able to assess the development and impact of Canadian social policies and programs related to immigration and minority rights.
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