Life in rural Ontario during the late 19th century: Hardship or prosperity?

In this critical challenge, students review background information (accessed online) about the murders of five members of an Irish immigrant family (the Donnellys) in rural southwestern Ontario in 1880. Students then examine primary source documents to find evidence of the quality of life of farmers in rural Ontario during the mid- to late-1800s and use the evidence to write a letter to fictional Irish relatives that enthusiastically encourages them to move to southwestern Ontario, cautiously recommends they move, or suggests they remain in Ireland.

History, Social studies
Targeted grade range:
Middle (7-9), Senior (10-12)
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