Project 2: Newfoundland: From Past To Present

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learning Outcomes
Resource Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers:Ms. Dianne O'Brien

Ms. Deborah-Ann Smith

School:St. Patrick's Jr.High
Patrick Street
St. John's, Nfld.
Grade Level:Grade 9
Number of Students:28
Project Start and Finish Dates:April - June, 1997

  Project Overview

Newfoundland will be celebrating its 500 Anniversary in 1997. To honor this occasion the students from the grade 9 class at St. Patrick's School will research the time period from 1897- 1997 in Newfoundland history. The class will be divided into groups and each group will research specific topics. The topics that will be focused on are as follows:

     History-wars, confederation(time line)
     Economy and trade system
     Settlement-where did they come from, where did they settle
     Natural Resources-fishing,forestry,mining

The individual topics that have been research will be compiled to create one class project. A project bibliography will also be included using APA style. The class project will be posted on the Internet using HTML Editor. This project will also be linked to the school's homepage and the Cabot 500 Celebration homepage. We would encourage other schools to join this project by taking another time period in Newfoundland's history to research and write about. This way all class projects could be posted and linked on the Internet. The other time periods would be as follows:

  • 1497-1596
  • 1597-1696
  • 1697-1796
  • 1797-1896

  Curriculum Connections

Language Arts

  1. Students will develop oral communication and cooperative skills when working in group setting.
  2. Students will have to complete the writing process to produce their final assignment.
  3. By integrating computers in the curriculum, students will be motivated to participate in the learning process.

Social Studies

  1. Students will develop a better understanding of the Newfoundland history and heritage in relation to culture, identity, environment,settlement,institutions and resources in order to assist students in understanding the present and predicting the future.
  2. Students will have a better understanding of the democratic process of government in the past and present.
  3. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop the necessary attitudes and skills for effective participation.

  Learning Outcomes

Language Arts

  1. Speaking and listening-Students will:
       ask relevant questions calling for elaboration and clarification, and respond
       participate in group work and debate using a range of strategies
       demonstrate active listening and respect for the rights and needs of others
       use language appropriate to the audience
  2. Reading and reviewing-Students will:
       select independently texts to their needs and interest
       use various methods to construct meaning in increasing complex print and
         media text
       access specific information to meet learning needs
       recognize how one's own ideas are influenced by what is read and viewed
  3. Writing and representing-Students will:
       refine methods of note-taking
       write for various purposes
       make appropriate choices of form, style and content
       demonstrate awareness of what prewriting, drafting, revising, editing,
         proofreading, presentation strategies work for them
       experiment with technology to help writing processes

Social Studies

  1. Students will analyse how people interact with their physical environment to create their social environment.
  2. Students will investigate how natural resources shape the decisions people make.
  3. Students will explore ways in which people are organized into groups to achieve common and specific goals.
  4. Students will analyse how people in the past contribute to the development of society.
  5. Students will demonstrate that effective citizenship requires a sense of commitment, a willingness to act and a concern for the future.

  Resource Connections

  1. Internet
  2. Print and electronic encyclopedia(CD-ROMS)
  3. Variety of text, pamphlets,maps,relia,etc...
  4. Oral tradition
  5. Computer lab-16networked PCs
  6. Computer programs-The Writing Centre,HTML Editor


  1. Group evaluation will be based on the final product and the stages of the writing process in which students have engaged.
  2. Students will be evaluated on their use of modern technology(ie. accessing information, writing process using computers, use of HTML).
  3. Students will be evaluated on their ability to work independently and cooperatively in group settings.

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