Grade 8 Program (Curriculum Linked)

Confederation

Program Overview

Students will participate in a series of engaging activities that relate to key concepts of their curriculum. This 90-minute program consists of three segments: a visit to the Legislative Chamber; a tour of the historic Legislative Building; and a participatory group activity.

Topics covered:

  • The external and internal factors which led to Confederation
  • The roles and responsibilities of parliamentary players in Ontario’s Legislature
  • Differences and similarities in Parliament between 1867 and today

Issues we will ask students to consider:

  • What were the motivations behind Confederation?
  • Who was involved in Confederation and who was not?
  • What is the role of the Queen in Canada?

Interactive Activities:

Students will participate in one interactive group activity focusing on Confederation: a mock debate or a photo scavenger hunt.

Activity 1: Mock debate, students will have the option of choosing between one of two Confederation-themed debate topics:

Debate Topic 1: Should Ontario have one or two official languages?

Debate Topic 2: Which city should be the capital of Canada - Toronto or Quebec City?

Activity 2: Photo scavenger hunt, students (using their own cell phones or ipads provided) will capture key images or items featured throughout the Legislative Building that are related to Confederation, followed by a brief interactive group discussion about the photos taken and their relevance. 

This program is designed to enhance concepts studied in class. Teachers are encouraged to introduce and address these topics, especially those pertaining to the chosen debate topic, prior to the visit.

Visit our Teaching Tools and Lesson Plans to prepare your students prior to their visit.

Availability: 

Monday to Thursday (when the Legislature is sitting): *Consult the Parliamentary Calendar
11:30 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday to Friday (when the Legislature is not sitting*):
10:00 am – 11:30 am; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Reservations: To request a school program, please submit the request a program form. For assistance, call 416-325-0061 or email tourbookings@ola.org
Note: Due to parliamentary events, program dates, times and activities are subject to change without notice.