Category Archives: 601SS

Tell the World about #myGWMS

We’re looking to show off the great people, programs, opportunities, and just the all-around fun that happens here at George Waters. If you’ve got something that you love about our school or something that we should brag about, here’s your chance! Share your idea and you could end up in a video, on social media, in a poster, or even on a button or t-shirt!

Early Chinese-Canadians

There’s no question that the building of the railroad was essential to the creation of our country. Similarly, there is no question that the railroad would not have been created without the hard work and sacrifice of many Chinese people who came to Canada to help build the railway. They took incredible risks, often doing jobs that no other Canadians would dare to do.

Read this: 04_TheChineseInWesternCanada

Questions: 04_TheChineseInWesternCanada (Word)

04_ChineseCanadians (.pdf)

The Canadian Pacific Railway

Connecting Canada from Canadian Pacific on Vimeo.

For Canada’s 150th birthday, we’re asking “What do you hear?”

There is some really great information, as well as some historic photos and videos at

and here

and here (CP history for kids)

Read this: detailed history for kids here (info)

Answer these questions: 03_TheStoryoftheCanadianPacificRailway_questions


03_TheCanadianPacificRailway (Word)
03_TheCanadianPacificRailway (.pdf)

Chapter 2/Manitoba TEST!

Yessiree, one of the joys of middle school! It’s time for a UNIT TEST! Yay!

This is where we look back at everything we’ve learned over the past little while and see how well you know it. You do know it, don’t you? You’ve been paying attention, reading the text book, and doing your assignments, right? GOOD! You should have no problem.

A unit test usually contains questions from the entire unit/section/chapter we’ve studied. Often you will find 3 types of questions:

  • Long answer!
  • Short answer/Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple guess choice

But here’s the thing… I’m not making this test, YOU ARE!

You will be responsible for looking back over the chapter, your notes and assignments and coming up with some of each type of question! Your test will contain:

  • 15 questions
  • AT LEAST (could be more) 2 multiple chioce
  • AT LEAST (could be more) 2 short answer/fill in the blanks
  • AT LEAST (could be more) 2 long answer.

I know this isn’t a math lesson, but if you do the math there, it only adds up to 6 questions. The rest can be any of those three!

Of course, when teachers give a test, they need to have an ANSWER KEY, which has all of the answers for the test. Yup, you have to provide those as well. Answer them completely and accurately!

If you want, we can put these together in a fun and interesting way, but you’ll need the questions in order to do that, so start flipping through the book and your notes/assignments. Feel free to discuss your ideas with others.

Louis Riel: Hero or Criminal?

A political cartoon published in May 23, 1885, Grip magazine.

Louis Riel is one of the most controversial figures in Canadian history. We’ve talked a fair bit about his role in establishing Manitoba and looking after the rights of his people, so we know that he has done some important things, but you have to remember that the Canadian government did hang him for a reason, and many see him as a rebel and traitor. Just like John A. MacDonald, his legacy is kind of complicated.

And just like John A., I want you to do a bit of research and decide whether he was first and foremost, a criminal or a hero. I want to see a bit of research on both sides before you make your decision. We’ll use our newfound Photoshop skills to make a cool poster next week.

Here are some sources that I want you to look at:

As with before, keep track of which information you get from which sources. Copy and paste the address of the site into a document then WRITE some information down. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE the information. Try to put it in your own words!

You must find AT LEAST:

3 good reasons why Louis is a Hero to many

3 good reasons why Louis is a criminal to many

Most Important Manitobans

Many people helped to build Manitoba into a new province. Some had been leaders in the resistance; some had been on the other side; others had not taken part in the resistance but still played a part in shaping our province. Together, we are going to decide who the most important players were in shaping our province, look at what their contributions were, and come to a conclusion about who should be named the most important Manitoban of the era.

Only one person/pair per important Manitoban! Once you choose a person, let me know and I will cross him off the list so that nobody else chooses him.

  1. Choose one of the people listed below. Use AT LEAST 3 websites and/or books for information about the person. Some websites have been suggested but you’ll still have to find some of your own information. Keep a specific list of your sources!
  2. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE! Write down some notes in your own words and keep track of where you got your information from. If you copy and paste, it is considered plagiarism, which is a fancy word for CHEATING.
  3. When you have completed your research, make a poster, display, or presentation about your nominee for most important Manitoban. Make sure to include a photo or drawing of that person. You may also wish to add other images or illustrations to show what your person did to help create Manitoba.
  4. Your project should be accompanied by at least one page that explains why this person should be named as one of the most important Manitobans and show his contributions to the creation of our province.

You’ll notice something significant about all of the people listed below: they are all men. Women had very little power or influence at the time. We will learn about some important women later, but for now, we’ll look at the men who were at the forefront of creating our province.

If there is someone you think should be included in this list but is not, please run it by Mr. Robson and we’ll see if you can/should research that person.

  • A.G.B. Bannatyne – Joaquin
  • Judge John Black – Angelie/Olivia
  • Francis Cornish (info) – Charlotte/Frances
  • William Gomez Fonseca – Neal/Aldeus
  • Elzear Goulet – Zane/Marcus
  • Col. J.S. Dennis – Elmer/Darcy
  • Ambroise Lepine – Kiara
  • William Luxton – Kiera
  • Andrew McDermot – Eirrah
  • Andre Nault – Liam/Austin
  • Father Ritchot – Delilah
  • Dr. John Christian Schultz – Sara/Ashela
  • Donald A. Smith – Jyan
  • Archbishop Tache – Abigail