Entire Unit Plans, based on current Nova Scotia curriculum, that I have used thus far in my teaching practice.
Canada’s Parliamentary Democracy Unit Plan:
A flexible unit plan designed to work in a variety of courses on politics, citizenship, or social studies more generally, focused on how democracy and government operates in Canada. It includes in depth study of how the various governments in Canada operate and relate to one another, issues of Indigenous governance, electoral systems, and what active participation in a democracy looks like. My primary motivation for designing this unit was the fact that I felt incredibly unprepared to participate as an engaged citizen in Canada after high school. I spent my formative years learning how the government of Canada functions, how the electoral process works, and realized just how little I had actually learned in high school. My friends and I were shocked when, in 2011, we couldn’t find any of the “prime ministerial” candidates on our ballot in Kings-Hants. This unit seeks to give students a better basis and understanding of the functioning of democracy in Canada, and arms them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make change!
Science 8: Optics Unit
This unit encompassing the properties of Light, Transparency, Reflection and Refraction, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Includes laboratory activities that demonstrate the principles of light, using easily accessible materials.
Economics 11: First Unit.
An introductory unit to economics, including lessons on the basics of economic thinking, scarcity, economic ideologies and market models, and business organization. Uses an older textbook, Made in Canada, in conjunction with newer texts and resources. Fittingly (and sadly) this unit was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession! As such, some of the materials existed only on paper and I was unable to return to collect them after the lockdown took hold.
Mi’kmaq Studies: Criminal and Social Justice Unit
A unit plan which focuses on various issues of criminal and social justice for the Mi’kmaq people, and Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States more generally. Includes lessons on major protests in recent Canadian history, social justice and popular cultural references, and uncontacted tribes of the Amazon. By a cruel twist of fate, I had completed this course during a Practicum JUST before the Wet’suwet’en protests erupted across the country.