Perspectives in History
Project | English
Suggested Levels: Grades 9-12
This project introduces students to two fictitious characters who present two different perspectives on North American history from the early 1500’s to the mid-1600’s. Gesig, a young Mi’kmaq woman, shares her perspective of life before and immediately after first contact with Europeans. André, a French explorer, tells how he arrived in 1600 and was there to help establish the first trading post at Tadoussac.
- In the initiating task, students experience what it’s like to have someone tell their story told for them.
- Students then explore their own understanding of North American history from the early 1500s to the mid-1600s..
- Expert groups are established to study Gesig’s story, which is told through a collection of audio files, and André’s story, which is told through a series of journal entries.
- Students will have an opportunity to listen to the authors talk about how they created their characters.
- Students are asked to produce a final production piece (written text, media production etc.) which is a reflection of the overall theme.
- An enrichment piece turns the focus to the power of perspective as presented through visual art.
Media included in this project:
- Enhanced Podcast: Introduction to Gesig and André
- Podcast: Author’s Talk on Creative License in Historical Fiction
- Series of Audio Files: Historical Account of the life of Gesig, a young Mi’kmaq woman
- Transcript for Audio Files
- Glossary for Mi’kmaq Vocabulary
- Series of Journal Entries: Historical Account of the life of André, a young French explorer
- Art: Les castors du roi by Kent Monkman
- Art: Art productions by Paul Kane