Hope Secondary School
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In the Family History Research Project, which is assigned on a yearly basis to Maya's Social Studies 11 classes, students are required to research their family histories, including their country of origin, the circumstances of their family’s journey to Hope, B.C. and the genealogy of either their maternal or paternal background. The project addresses many of the prescribed learning outcomes for Social Studies 11, including: the demonstration of effective research skills; the demonstration of written, oral and graphic communication skills; the assessment of immigration policies on Canada’s development; and the application of critical thinking processes. However, meeting ministry objectives is not my primary motivation for assigning this project to her students. Maya believes that its value lies with its potential to connect her students with their families in a meaningful way and help them understand the impact history has on the everyday lives of Canadians. Although a written report and family tree graphic representation are essential components, the heart of the project is the oral interview that students conduct with a family member. Since she first began implementing this project three years ago, an incredible wealth of information has been amassed through these interviews.