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 6: Share findings within the group

When students have analyzed their assigned documents, assemble each group (of three pairs) together. Arrange for each pair of students to share its document analyses with the other group members using a placemat strategy. Provide each group with a large sheet of paper. Ask students to draw a circle in the centre with one wedge-shaped space for each pair of students.

Invite students to use their allotted space on the chart to record the key pieces of evidence from their documents for each of the causes. Once all students have summarized their ideas, direct each group to write the four main causes in the centre of the circle. Invite the groups to discuss the most significant evidence from each pair of students related to each of these causes. Explain that students will shortly be asked to reach their own conclusions about the relative importance of the causes, but for the time being they are simply to record in the centre of the circle key evidence that the group can agree on for each cause.

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