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Youth, Unions, and YOU

A Secondary Teacher’s Guide
to Labour Studies for B.C. Schools

A Joint project of the
B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the
B.C. Federation of Labour

May 2001

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the
Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education.

 

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Notes about the Online Guide

The links below provide access the guide sections in PDF format.

The Lessons are organized two ways.

  1. By Subject – Social Studies 8, Social Studies 9, Social Studies 10, Social Studies 11, Career and Personal Planning (CAPP) and Humanities/English. Each subject category can be accessed as one file (by clicking on the subject category heading) or individual lesson files may be selected.

  2. By Theme – Nature of Work, Workers Fight Back, Workers & Unions, Workers & the Law, and Global Social Justice. Only individual lesson files may be selected.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Front piece and table of contents
First Word: Questions from a Worker Who Reads
Acknowledgements
Welcome
Message from the B.C. Teachers' Federation and B.C. Federation of Labour Presidents
What the People Did While the Leaders Led: An Introduction by Gavin Hainsworth, LSP Team Leader
The Organization of the Guide
WebQuests, What are They?
Speaking Personally: Teacher-Writers on "Why I got Involved..."

Lessons by Subject

[Social Studies Grade 8] 1: The Value of Labour
2: What is in a Name?
3: Building a Castle
4: Impact of the Black Death on Workers' Rights
Unit Overview: Women at Work in Medieval Society
5: A Tapestry of Work
6: What the Words Mean? Or, That's Old Fashioned
7: Writing Living History
8: A Day in Village Life
9: Women Workers in Town
10: Medieval Job Descriptions—Do You Have What it Takes?
Unit Summation

[Social Studies 9] 1: The Industrial Revolution in England
2: The Nature of Work
3: Workers Responses to Exploitation and Oppression—Ten Options (WebQuest)
4: Child Labour—Then and Now

[Social Studies 10] 1: The Labour Movement in British Columbia
2: The First Century of Canadian Unions
3: How Well Do You Know the Canadian Economy?
4: Union and Non-union Workers
5: Labour Songs

[Social Studies 11] 1: Winnipeg General Strike, 1919
2: On-to-Ottawa Trek, 1935
3: After the War: Unions Improve Their Position
4: Unions and Racism
5: When Women Weren't Counted
6: Working in a Logging Camp

[Career and Personal Planning] 1—CAPP 9/10: Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace
2—CAPP 10/12: How are Your Rights Protected in the Workplace?
3—CAPP 9/10: What are Employment Standards? (Dream Minimums)
4—CAPP 10/11: Knowing and Protecting Your Rights Under Employment Standards
5—CAPP SENIOR: Change the World... How? (WebQuest)

[English and Humanities] 1: The Moose and the Sparrow
2: Animal Farm
3: Lord of the Flies
4: Poetry and Labour Songs
5: Rosa Parks (WebQuest)

Lessons by Theme

[Nature of Work icon]  1: The Value of Labour (SS 8)
2: What is in a Name? (SS 8)
3: Building a Castle (SS 8)
5: A Tapestry of Work (SS 8)
6: What the Words Mean? Or, That's Old Fashioned (SS 8)
8: A Day in Village Life (SS 8)
1: The Industrial Revolution in England (SS 9)
2: The Nature of Work (SS 9)
6: Working in a Logging Camp (SS 11)
1: The Moose and the Sparrow (E&H)

[Workers Fight Back icon] 3: Workers Responses to Exploitation and Oppression—Ten Options (WebQuest) (SS 9)
1: The Labour Movement in British Columbia (SS 10)
2: The First Century of Canadian Unions (SS 10)
1: Winnipeg General Strike, 1919 (SS 11)
2: On-to-Ottawa Trek, 1935 (SS 11)
1—CAPP 9/10: Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace
5—CAPP SENIOR: Change the World... How? (WebQuest)
2: Animal Farm (E&H)
4: Poetry and Labour Songs (E&H)

[Workers & Unions icon] 4: Union and Non-union Workers (SS 10)
2—CAPP 10/12: How are Your Rights Protected in the Workplace?
 
 

[Workers & the Law icon] 4: Impact of the Black Death on Workers' Rights (SS 8)
3: After the Wars: Unions Improve Their Position (SS 11)
3—CAPP 9/10: What are Employment Standards? (Dream Minimums)
4—CAPP 10/11: Knowing and Protecting Your Rights Under Employment Standards

[Global Social Justice icon] 7: Writing Living History (SS 8)
9: Women Workers in Town (SS 8)
10: Medieval Job Descriptions—Do You Have What it Takes? (SS 8)
4: Child Labour—Then and Now (SS 9)
3: How Well Do You Know the Canadian Economy? (SS 10)
5: Labour Songs (SS 10)
4: Unions and Racism (SS 11)
5: When Women Weren't Counted (SS 11)
3: Lord of the Flies (E&H)
5: Rosa Parks (WebQuest) (E&H)

Supplementary Resources

Photos/Overheads
Bibliography
Grade Collections
Online Resources
Major Labour Organizations in Canada and British Columbia
Major Labour Organizations in Canada (Family Tree)
Timeline: Workers Take Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Glossary of Labour Terms
Last Words