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Section 5: Your Capital

  • Booklet: Section 5 Download the PDF
  • Handout: A Capital Experience Download the PDF
  • Activity 12: Capital Experience


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    Part One:
    After students have read page 36-41 of Our Country, Our Parliament, ask them to identify Canada's capital and some of its features. Use the Talk About It! and Word Builder activities as appropriate. Distribute the A Capital Experience handout and have students fill it out. If time allows, have students go to some of the websites listed above to look more closely at the National Capital Region and Parliament Hill.Graphic for activity 4

    Part Two: The tour guide youth narrators (Julie and Eric) take visitors on tours of important places around Parliament Hill. Divide the students into groups and assign them a visitor (e.g. the Prime Minister, your town's or city's mayor, the students' parents, a friend from another country, a school teacher from another country). Using the school building and the grounds as a starting point, have students identify five stops on their tour. If time permits, have students develop written scripts for their tours and take students on their tours. Take it one step further by videotaping the students giving their tours.

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    Capital Experience Tour Rubric (T)

    Extend This Activity
    Some countries have had more than one capital in their history. Kingston, for example, served as the capital of the United Provinces of Canada from 1841 to 1844, when Canada was still a British colony. In this activity, have students select a new capital for Canada. Begin by telling students to imagine that Ottawa has been struck by some form of a natural disaster (e.g. a flood) and that the Government needs to relocate the capital. Divide students into small groups representing committees created by the Prime Minister to select a new capital. As a group, students must choose a new capital and justify their selection. Prompt students with guiding questions such as, "What are some things the new capital should have?", "What should the new capital represent?" and "What makes your capital special?" Have students either write down or present why and how they made their choice of the new capital. If students present their proposals to the class, have the class vote for the best choice.

    A Capital Experience Answer Key
    The following are features of Parliament Hill:

    The following are not features of Parliament Hill:

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