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UNIT 1: Canada in Transition: A Nation Emerges

Chapter 1: A Different Canada

Society and Manners
Still a British Nation
Canada’s Changing Population
Counterpoints: Is today’s government responsible for injustices of the past?
Up Close and Personal: Joe Capilano: Champion of Aboriginal Land Rights, or Troublemaker?
Building your Skills: Analyzing Evidence: Primary and Secondary Sources
Innovations: Farther and Faster
An Economy Transformed
Resources and the Environment
War and Change
Chapter Review

Chapter 2: Canada and the First World War

Causes of the First World War
Building Your Skills: Interpreting Political Cartoons
Canada’s Response to the War
The War on Land
Major Canadian Battles
Innovations: War Technology
The War in the Air
The War at Sea
The Home Front
The Conscription Crisis
The End of the War
Canada’s Emerging Autonomy
Counterpoints: Did the war have a positive or negative effect on Canada?
Canada After the War
Chapter Review

Chapter 3: Canada in the 1920s

An Uneasy Adjustment
Canada’s Changing Economy
The Roaring Twenties
Innovations: Canadian Inventions and Inventors
Missing the Roar
A New Challenge to Federalism: Regionalism
Canada’s Growing Independence
Building Your Skills: Establishing Cause, Effect, and Results
Counterpoints: Was Canada More or Less Independent by the End of the 1920s?
The Stock Market Crash
Chapter Review

Chapter 4: The 1930s: A Decade of Despair

Causes of the Great Depression
The Desperate Years: Making Ends Meet
Responding to the Depression
Counterpoints: How involved should the government be in the economy during a depression? 
Politics of Protest
Building Your Skills: Decoding Photographs
Innovations: Medical Advances
The Depression and Global Politics
Chapter Review

Chapter 5: Canada and the Second World War

The Rise of Totalitarianism
Causes of the Second World War
Canada’s Response to the Threat of War
Canada Declares War
Axis Advances
Canada’s Contribution to the War Effort
Innovations: Advances in War Technology
The Tide Turns
Building Your Skills: Reading a Map
D-Day: The Normandy Invasion
Counterpoints: Are weapons of mass destruction ever justified?
Crimes Against Humanity
The War at Home
What the War Meant to Canada
Chapter Review
Unit 1 Study Guide

UNIT 2: Refining an Identity: Canada in the Post-War Years

Chapter 6: Canada in the Post-War World: The 1950s

The Changing Face of Canada
Building Your Skills: Analyze Period Advertising and Propaganda
New Times, New Leadership
Post-War Prosperity
Innovations: 1950s Technology
The Cold War and Post-War Diplomacy
Counterpoints: Was the “Red Menace” Real?
Innovations: The Avro Arrow
Planning for Peace
Chapter Review

Chapter 7: Times of Turmoil: Canada in the 1960s and 1970s

Toward Social Change
Politics and Government
Building Your Skills: Assessing Viewpoints
Economic Challenges
Innovations: The Information Age
A More Independent International Policy
Counterpoints: Should Canada’s foreign policy be independent of the United States?
Chapter Review

Chapter 8: Canada Shifts Focus: 1980 and Beyond

Popular Culture and the Spirit of the Age
Innovations: The Wave of the Future
Counterpoints: Does Canada Need a Multiculturalism Policy?
The Fight for Aboriginal Rights
Constitution and Discord
Building Your Skills: Defend a Position on an Issue
New Economic Ideas
A New Era of International Action
Chapter Review
Unit 2 Study Guide

UNIT 3: Canadians and Their Government

Chapter 9: Citizens Effecting Change

Democracy Begins with the People
Influencing Government
Building Your Skills: Communicating with Politicians
Political Ideologies and Parties
A Guide to Government
Counterpoints: Can Citizens Have More Input in the Processes of Government?
Choosing the Government
Chapter Review

Chapter 10: Protecting Human Rights

What Are Human Rights?
Counterpoints: Are universal standards for human rights possible in a world of diverse cultural and religious beliefs?
Human Rights Legislation in Canada
The Charter in Action
Advocating for Your Rights
Aboriginal Rights
Gender Equity
Building Your Skills: Getting the Evidence: Separating Fact from Opinion
Children’s Rights
Chapter Review
Unit 3 Study Guide

UNIT 4: Human Geography: The Future in Balance

Chapter 11: Population Trends and Issues

World Population Growth
Building Your Skills: Designing Graphs
The Demographic Revolution
Population Profiles
Canada's Population: Past and Future
Counterpoints: Optimists Versus Pessimists: Are There Limits to Population Growth?
Where do Six Billion-Plus People Live?
Chapter Review

Chapter 12: Living Standards in a Changing World

Measuring Development
Building Your Skills: Evaluating the Accuracy of Web Sites
Measuring Living Standards
Measuring Poverty
Counterpoints: Offshore Farms: Food for Whom?
The Vulnerable Ones: Women and Children
The Health Crisis
Helping to Improve Living Standards
Counterpoints: Should Canada Link Its Foreign Aid to Human Rights?
Chapter Review

Chapter 13: The Environment: Our Challenges and Responsibilities

Why Care About the Environment?
Population Growth and Sustainability
Building Your Skills: Problem Solving and Decision Making
Water: The Indispensable Resource
Counterpoints: Should Canada Treat Water As a Resource to be Traded
Change Is in the Air
Doing Our Part for the Environment
Chapter Review
Unit 4 Study Guide

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Counterpoints 2nd Edition Exam Skills Handbook
Draft Table of Contents

The Exam Skills Handbook will be a handy reference tool for students throughout the year and will be located within the student text itself.  The Handbook will reside in the back of the text and will be 26 pages long.  The following is a detailed table of contents that should help give you a flavour for what you will see when a complimentary copy of the new Counterpoints student text is mailed to you by the end of May.  Enjoy!

Handbook Table of Contents

Ways You Can Study

  • The “So What” Test
  • Know What to Study
  • Chunking
  • Know Your Learning Style

Using the Textbook to Study

  • Finding the Big Ideas
  • Finding the Details
  • Building Your Skills

Note Taking

  • Two-column Method
  • Outline Method

Designing Study Questions

  • Creating and Using Flash Cards
  • Creating Essay Questions

Organizing Your Information

  • The 5Ws
  • Cause and Effect Organizers
  • Using Familiar Shapes as Organizers

Studying with Maps and Timelines

How to Prepare for Exams

  • Knowing What to Study
  • Types of Questions

Multiple-Choice Exams

  • Chronological order
  • Thematic order
  • Keywords
  • Relieving Stress and Avoiding Confusion

Taking Notes for Multiple Choice

  • Politics and Government
  • Autonomy and International Involvement
  • Human Geography
  • Society and Identity

Interpreting Graphic Information, Maps and Timelines

  • Interpreting graphic information, historical maps, and timelines to answer multiple choice questions

Writing Exam Essays

  • General Tips
  • Content Paragraphs
  • Conclusion
  • Self Assessment of Your Essay

Essays—Understanding Command Terms
Define the following terms and explain the difference between them:

  • Assess/Evaluate
  • Describe/Discuss
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Explain/To What Extent

Thematic Essay

  • Tips on how to organize facts into categories, such as social, political, economic, etc., for a logical essay
  • Essay outline diagram and/or annotated example

Timeline Essays

  • Tips on how to organize facts into timeline types of categories, such as WWI and Depression; WWII and the Cold War; and Post Cold War, for a logical essay
  • Essay outline diagram and/or annotated example

Recognizing Fact and Opinion

  • Define the meaning of each term
  • Provide a paragraph that contains both facts and opinions
  • Suggest what might be inferred from the content of the paragraph
  • Show students how to support their point of view with relevant select data

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