Lesson activities to accompany the vignette "Trouble on the Line” 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 female telephone operators in British Columbia and their activism that contributed to the first strike in the Canadian Telephone industry. The supporting lesson materials focus on the role and challenges that women had in creating a voice and place for themselves in the early telephone industry as well as their role in shaping the early union movement in the province. 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/
New Westminster and Burrard Telephone Company
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 and daily life in early 20th Century British Columbia. Elements of the “Economy and Technology” learning outcomes are discussed in the examination of technological innovations in the telecommunications industry. For Social Studies 11, the materials address the Society and Identity learning standards that describe the role of women in terms of social, political, and economic change in Canada.
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