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On a Canadian Day: Nine Story Voyages Through History

Arato, Rona (Author)
Ferguson, Peter (Illustrator)
Owlkids 2009. 96 pages
First published: 2009
ISBN: 9781897349519 (paperback)
9781897349502 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 971
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

These stories, told from the point of view of nine fictional 12-year-olds, introduce readers to pivotal periods in Canadian history between 1620 and 1979. Together, they produce a rich and unparalleled portrait of Canada, filled with the details of children’s everyday lives. Gracing its pages are stories of Aboriginals, Habitants, pioneers, the Underground Railway, a Vietnamese refugee, the Dust Bowl and Japanese internment camps. A two-page photo essay follows each story, peppered with archival images for additional insight into the period.

Each seven-page account seamlessly weaves the details of daily life—food, clothing, home, transportation—into a narrative that showcases the concerns and experiences of a child living in that time. The stories are divided into three chapters: morning, afternoon, evening.

Each story begins with a full-colour portrait of the protagonist. Title, subtitle and quotations are colour-matched to the borders of the story.

As a read-aloud, these engaging stories offer children a window on another place and time, and illustrate that although the characters’ lives are different, the feelings and emotions they experience are not so different from their own.

  •  Browse the book, noting the features and organization. Locate the settings of each story on a map of Canada.
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    Choose an aspect of life that is featured in the stories such as food, shelter or education. Compare it across several of the stories using a graphic organizer.

  •  Work with a partner and choose one of the stories to focus on. Compare and contrast the protagonist’s life with yours. Discuss the era you would prefer to live in.
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    Write a similar story set in the current year. Imagine it is being read by an audience 100 years in the future. Integrate facts about modern life with either a personal or a fictional narrative.

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    Based on the cover, make predictions about the content. Explore the structures and features of the book. How is it organized?

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    Identify the main characters and settings of the nine stories. Indicate the settings on a map, using sticky notes with the characters’ names. Add cards with the characters and settings to the classroom timeline.

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    Participate in the modelling of a mind map for the first story. In small teams, create a mind map for one of the other texts. Compare with your own life. Share your understanding of the story with the other teams.

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    Browse through the book, noting the features and organization. Label the settings on a map of Canada, adding the date of each story.

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    Create a storyboard for one of the stories and illustrate its important moments.

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    Since 1979, many people have left their home countries for Canada. Research other immigrants and create a scrapbook page with a map, facts and photos, using the book as your model. Assemble these pages into a class book.

  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Social Sciences