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V: Putting It All Together:Activities for Students

This section may be used as a basis for topical or linked projects.
The activities may be done via the Internet over the course of one
two class periods. Alternately, teachers may choose to assign
each group a different project, to be done at school and at home,
using the resources of both school and public libraries as well as
the Internet. Or teachers may choose to assign the same project
to each group.

  1. Have the students discuss how attitudes toward Chinese immigrants changed over time. (In this regard, students should note that, while discriminating legislation against Chinese immigrants was repealed in 1947, restrictions on Chinese immigration were not entirely rescinded until 1967.)
  2. Where we're from: have the students research the origins of their own family: country of origin; why & when they came to Canada; where they settled; what jobs or professions they had when they first arrived; homesteading; etc.
  3. Make your own passport (information from the passport office, regulations governing passports, discussions of what it means to be a citizen in Canada vs. other countries the students have traveled to with their passports). Passport forms may be obtained from any passport office, post office outlet, or on-line at
  4. Material relating to the following activities is contained in A Look at Canada and can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration website at
    1. A discussion of the responsibilities of citizenship. This activity can involve the class as a whole or as individual groups of students.
    2. Investigate an organization in your community that provides assistance to immigrants.
    3. People come from all over the world to make Canada their new home. Invite a classmate or an individual who is new to Canada to share his/her experiences.
    4. Finish this sentence: A good citizen is ......
    5. Host a citizenship ceremony or have your own group reaffirmation ceremony.
    6. The Citizenship Game: In order to become a Canadian citizen, it is necessary to complete a citizenship test. The test helps the citizenship office determine whether you meet the language and knowledge requirements. The Citizenship Game can be organized in the style of a game show with groups of students testing their knowledge against each other. Sample questions similar to those on the citizenship test are found on the Citizenship and Immigration website.