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History 31 (Grade 12 - Modified)

History 31 is a modified version of History 30, or Grade 12 History. In this course, which is a study of Canadian history from Confederation to the present, the issues and events of Canadian history are presented from a Biblical perspective. The course is divided into six units, and covers 80% of the objectives covered in History 30, thus allowing the student to earn the required Grade 12 Social Studies credit, at a modified level.

The textbooks required for History 31 are Canada, A North American Nation, second edition, by Paul W. Bennett, Canada Today, third edition, by Smith, McDevitt, and Scully, and Canada, A Nation Unfolding, by Diane Eaton and Garfield Newman. None of these are Christian publications, so additional discussion has been incorporated into each of the workbooks in order to allow the students the opportunity, as necessary, to approach the events and issues under discussion from a Biblical foundation.

This workbook series was developed for use by schools using an individualized, mastery-based learning system, and therefore comes with score keys, tests, and test keys.

Upon completion of each of the units, the student should be able to:

Unit 1

  • identify the key issues concerning Canada today and throughout her history
  • understand his or her Canadian Christian heritage
  • identify the regions and political boundaries of Canada
  • outline the geographic conditions and the human and economic geography of each of the six physical regions of Canada
  • identify the characteristics of the Amerindian and European societies in New France
  • explain the reasons for New France’s good relationship with the Amerindians
  • identify the effects that the fur trade had on the First Nations
  • discuss the forms of acculturation that took place between the societies of early Canada

Unit 2

  • discuss the differences between the worldviews of the early colonial people groups and how these differences shaped their interaction
  • discuss the outcome and consequences of the Seven Years’ War
  • outline the provisions of the Royal Proclamation and the Quebec Act
  • explain the issues that developed in the nineteenth century between the Metis people and the government
  • discuss the changes in government since Canada’s earliest years
  • identify the interest groups which had a desire to make decisions that would satisfy their own needs and desires

Unit 3

  • discuss the issues the First Nations’ peoples faced after 1950
  • understand the type, the powers, and the levels of government
  • realize that Canadian society and its institutions are seeking to meet the challenges that arise within an increasingly diverse society
  • understand the purpose and the goals of the United Nations
  • discuss the circumstances where intervention in the internal affairs of another country is justified
  • outline the process of dialectical evaluation, and correctly apply the process to the issue of human rights and foreign policy

Unit 4

  • discuss the arrival of large groups of immigrants and the political and social issues that arose because of this
  • understand the concept of regionalism and how the different needs and goals of each region have contributed to national disunity
  • realize that both regions and populations within the nation often act as interest groups seeking to influence national decision making processes
  • explain how Canadian foreign policy generated debate within the Canadian community

Unit 5

  • explain how the actions and policies of other nations have influenced the well being of our nation
  • understand that historical events have changed Canadians’ perceptions of the role of government

Unit 6

  • explain how the social contract of our nation defines the relationship between the rights and responsibilities of the individuals and society
  • understand that the allocation and application of political power and economic activity and development are issues that most often bring the various regions into conflict among themselves and with the federal government
  • understand that government policies have attempted to reduce the disparities that have existed within the country
  • explain the reasons that many scientists and politicians are concerned for the environment and how the government is addressing the concerns
  • recall the main issues and events in Canadian history
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