Lesson Plan: History

A look inside the CBC: past, present and future

What impact has the development of new media and communications technology had on the CBC and the development of culture or identity in Canada?

Grade, level

Grade 12, University Preparation

Subject(s)

Canadian and World Studies, History, CHI4U

Time

1 day, 175-270 minutes


Ontario curriculum expectations  
Canadian and World Studies: Grade 12: Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, University Preparation: Specific expectation(s)
E1. Setting the Context — analyse various social/cultural, economic, and political events, trends, and/or developments in Canada since 1945 and their impact on the development of the country
E1.1 analyse key social/cultural trends and developments in Canada during this period, including changes in social attitudes/values, and assess their significance for the development of Canada, including the development of identity in Canada
E1.2 analyse efforts by the Canadian government to promote and protect Canadian culture during this period
E1.3 analyse ways in which technological and/or scientific developments during this period have contributed to the development of identity in Canada

Lesson overview

Essential question

What impact has the development of new media and communications technology had on the CBC and the development of culture or identity in Canada?

In the classroom, working with the essential question in mind, students will explore the history of Canada’s national public broadcaster from its foundations in 1932 to today. Students will then travel to CBC Ottawa’s Broadcast Centre for a tour to see the latest broadcast technology in use as they visit the sets for various TV and radio programs. Students will also interview some of the CBC’s content producers, journalists, and media personalities and ask how they leverage various technologies to communicate with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. This experiential experience provides students with deeper connections to their public broadcaster as both citizens and historians, as they are able to observe and interact with cutting-edge broadcast technologies, discuss a variety of issues with content producers who shape daily narratives that could become part of history, and are part of a legacy of broadcasters that have documented Canadian experience for over 80 years. Upon returning to the classroom, students will have interacted with real-life sources to enrich their historical research, and are able to more fully consider the role of the CBC and how it has evolved along with new media and communications technology, and what its role is, or should be, today and in the future.

The lesson and its essential question and success criteria directly follow curriculum expectations within strand E of the university preparation course “Canada: History, Identity, and Culture” (CHI4U). The specific expectations followed are E1.1, E1.2, and E1.3.

“CBC Ottawa’s Broadcast Centre is an office and studio complex… with the building serving as the corporate headquarters of the CBC and hosting the originating studios for the CBC’s various English and French language operations in the National Capital Region. The building was opened in 2004, and contains approximately 37,700 square metres (270,000 square feet) of office space” (Wikipedia, n.d.) (Photo by Jeangagnon, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Instructional goals

Learning intentions

Today I will…

Success criteria

After the lesson, students can…

Prior knowledge activation

Resources and materials

Classroom setup

Standard classroom setup for direct instruction and reading and writing activities.

Instructor will have pre-arranged a half-day trip (either morning or afternoon) involving travel to-and-from their school to the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre at 181 Queen Street, arranged for the a CBC Ottawa tour guide, and prepared appropriate itinerary information for experiential learning experience based on their respective school board field trip policies.

Classroom supplies

Projector (in classroom), slideshow with multimedia elements (including audio/video), paper, pencils/pens. Students will require a notepad if they do not have access to a smartphone to take notes while at the CBC Ottawa Broadcasting Centre.

Student technology integration

Internet connection, smartphone, Chromebook or laptop with access to a word processing program for note-taking (shared among students if necessary and as required for those with Individual Education Plans).

Handouts

Accommodation-differentiation (In classroom)

Assistive technology, computer options (audio/video), multi-sensory presentation, extended time for processing, oral responses, predictable environment, ability grouping, strategic seating.

Three-act lesson plan

Hook (5-10 minutes)

Game-based learning activity / Multimedia 

Main activities (165-250 minutes)

Direct instruction (5-10 minutes)

Writing-research-discussion (30-50 minutes)

Assessment and tour preparation (5 minutes)

Collect students’ written reports for evaluation. Let students know that they will be producing a CBC-related research project in conjunction with their experiential learning experience, and the research question will be based on today’s lesson success criteria. Answer any project- or tour-related questions that students may have.

Explain to students that, on the way to the CBC, students will be expected to generate questions related to the lesson’s essential question for the tour guide and personalities that they will meet and interview. Remind students that they will be expected to take notes while on the tour in relation to the requirements of their post-tour project.

CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre Tour (2-3 hours, including travel time)

Have students get organized according to the instructor’s itinerary for the experiential learning experience at the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre. Students will be provided with an hour-long guided tour from a content producer or journalist at CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre and will to see the latest broadcast technology in use as they visit the sets for various TV and radio programs. Students will also interview some of the CBC’s content producers and media personalities and ask how they leverage various technologies to communicate with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, if CBC programming opportunities align with the tour, students can interact with broadcast technology first-hand, such as using green screen technology in their studios to do a weather forecast.

Closure (5-10 minutes)

Upon the return to class, ask students to reflect and share with fellow classmates about their experience and what they learned. Also, ask students to consider the role of the CBC and how it has evolved along with new media and communications technology since its foundation, and what its role is, or should be, today and in the future. As the course continues, they will be producing a research project to answer this exact question, incorporating the Through the Years timeline, their notes from CBC Ottawa, and additional research.

Assessments

References

CBC. (n.d.). Go behind the scenes at CBC/Radio-Canada​. Retrieved from https://www.cbc.ca/1.4106671

CBC/Radio-Canada. (n.d.). Through the years. Retrieved from https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/your-public-broadcaster/history

Ontario Ministry of Education. (2015). The Ontario Curriculum Grades 11 and 12: Canadian and World Studies. Retrieved from http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/2015cws11and12.pdf

Wikipedia. (n.d.). CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBC_Ottawa_Broadcast_Centre

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