CHC 2D 2011: Life in Turn of the Century Canada

Though this course really starts with World War I, we need to have some understanding of what life was like in Canada at the beginning of the 20th Century (the 1900s).   Here is the plan of attack:

We will begin by examining some old textbooks and notebooks. While they don’t tell us much about life in the early 1900s, they do tell us a great deal about how education has changed. This might help you understand how different life was for Canadians in the past.

Next I need you to able to explain to me what life was like in Canadian cities at the turn of the century. You need to read pages 14-15, and focus your work on the following topics: the slums, technological advances,  and women make changes. You have two options for presenting this information; both options require you to imagine what it would be like to live in that time in a Canadian city:

  • You can write a letter home from the perspective of a young adult who has just moved from the farm to the big city.
  • You can create a chart with two headings: challenges and changes. Organize your findings from the reading according by placing them under the most appropriate heading.

To give you some inspiration, let take a look at some images of familiar places.


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