> Strike 1919! Grade 6
Strike 1919! Grade 6
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Curriculum Outcomes: Canada: A Social And Political History
- Response to Industrialization: Working-Class Movements
Materials: (Activating student interest and Acquiring information)
- Background information on trade unions
- Biographical information on the prominent Winnipeg men and organizations that were involved with the strike
Chataway's Map of Winnipeg
The Enlightener. Strike editions published Jun 25, 1919 - Jun 26, 1919.
One Big Union. Strike edition published Aug. 30, 1919.
Striker's Defense Bulletin. Strike editions published Aug. 1919
Western Labor News. Strike editions published Apr 4, 1919, May 17, 1919- Jun 23, 1919,June 27 1919 Sep 5, 1919
Western Star. Strike editions published Jun 24, 1919
Winnipeg Citizen. Strike editions published from May 19, 1919 - June 20,1919.
The Winnipeg Socialist. Strike edition published May 1, 1921
Winnipeg Telegram. Strike editions published May 28, 1919 to Jun 28, 1919.
Vocabulary : to promote use of language in oral discussion, reading and written work
Suggestions for Instruction: (Applying)
Create opportunities for students to review the following:
- Working-class movements
- Professional Associations
- Employers’ Associations
Using the background and website information, have the students find the similarities and differences between the above topics and trade unions .
In small or large groups, have students chart the events leading up to the General Strike. Students may also use a variety of graphic organizers to collect information and highlight areas of interest. Encourage students to give reasons and personal opinion as to why events played out as interpreted from history. Have students share their information.
Areas of interest may lead to further study surrounding possible topics such as:
- The Canadian economy – employers and employee relations in the past – (looking at the monopoly of the Fur Trade, competing companies, working conditions, wages, etc.)
- The effect of unions on Canadian society
- Labour around the world
- The impact on Winnipeg’s economy and standard of living if a second “general” strike should happen
- Are strikes necessary, or are there other options? Solutions?
Suggestions for Assessment
Students will demonstrate their understanding through:
- meeting rubric criteria
- group projects
- oral discussions
- written assignments, etc.
- field trip to Winnipeg’s Union Centre
- guest speaker on unions
- field trip to large industry in Winnipeg
- inquiry into arbitration, collective bargaining, etc.
- interviews with people who experienced life in Winnipeg before and after the strike