Grades: 5-12

  • British Columbia History
  • Canadian History
  • British North American Colonial History
  • Aboriginal History in British Columbia
Key Topics
  • James Douglas “Father of British Columbia”
  • Important events in the historical development of British Columbia
  • Analysis of primary and secondary sources

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)

Did Governor James Douglas Deserve to be Knighted?

Step 2: Introduce the three case studies

Organize students into three teams and distribute to each team member a copy of one of the following briefing sheets:

Explain that these sheets outline the events associated with three incidents that students are to investigate to help them assess Douglas’ behaviour. To begin, ask students to identify the important details of their assigned incident using the questions on activity sheet, #5 Investigating the Incident, as a guide. Invite students individually or in pairs to read their assigned overview and record the important information on the activity sheet.

When completed, invite students to share their findings with other team members. After discussing the incident, ask each team collectively to complete a final “master” copy of activity sheet #5 that accurately summarises the most important information about their assigned case study. Explain that students will present their summaries to the rest of the class in a future lesson.

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