Grades: 5-12

  • British Columbia History
  • Pre-Confederation Canadian History
  • British North American Colonial History
  • Aboriginal History Pacific Northwest
Key Topics
  • The creation of the Colony of British Columbia
  • The Fraser Canyon and Cariboo Gold Rushes
  • Primary and secondary source analysis
  • Historical causation

Author: Lindsay Gibson
Editors: Roland Case, John Lutz and Jenny Clayton
Historical Researcher: Jenny Clayton, PhD, Department of History, University of Victoria
Developed by: The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2)

What Were the Real Reasons for Creating the Colony of British Columbia?

Step 5: Analyze the documents

Distribute copies of the appropriate documents to each pair of students. Encourage students to use the questions on the activity sheet, #5 Reading Around a Document, as a pre-reading guide for each document. Ask younger students to answer the questions orally. With older students, ask each pair to provide a written copy of this activity sheet for each text document analyzed.

Distribute sufficient copies of the activity sheet, #7 Identifying Evidence about Causes, so each pair of students has one copy for each document it is assigned to analyze. After students have identified evidence for an assigned document, ask them to rate the importance of each cause using the scale on the activity sheet.

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