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Using Background Briefs

Country/region profiles


Imagining conditions

Prior to embarking on a more detailed study of a particular country or region students might consider the indicators provided in one of the brief sheets to draw ten inferences about the imagined daily life of a young person living there.

Comparing daily life among regions

Students may use two or more of the profiles to draw inferences about the biggest similarities and differences in daily life between various countries or regions based on the indicators provided in the brief sheets.

Setting the stage for a novel study

Country/region briefs provide background information about each of the areas profiled in Investigating Realistic Stories. This print resource, available in our online shop, contains teaching instructions, reproducible activity sheets, and assessment rubrics to help students use stories and novels situated in one of the countries profiled in this set. The briefing sheets may be used to provide context to students prior to reading the recommended novel.

Development issues and efforts


Exploring quality of life

Three lesson plans in the Critical Challenges online collection support use of the global development brief sheets and selected images from our Pictures Sets to explore challenges facing the developing world and efforts to address these issues.

Profile on quality of life. In this lesson, students find evidence from the briefing sheets and related images on the quality of life likely to be present for people confronting a specified development challenge.

What has changed? In this lesson, students offer a report card on the extent to improved quality of life if efforts directed towards one of the development challenges are successful.

Living through the times. In this lesson, students create an “authentic” journal about an assigned development challenge from the perspective of an individual who is experiencing its effects.

Setting the stage for a novel study

Eight of the briefs provide background information about a selected development issue profiled in Investigating Realistic Stories. This print resource, available in our online shop, contains teaching instructions, reproducible activity sheets, and assessment rubrics to help students use stories and novels that feature a key development issue. The briefing sheets may be used to provide context prior to reading the recommended novel.

Providing background for a picture study

Nine of the briefing sheets in this set can be used to provide background information for the student tasks that accompany each of the Global development image sets found in the Picture Set collection.

Historic injustices and redress in Canada


Assessing the adequacy of government responses

In this challenge, students consider the adequacy of official government responses to the five injustices featured in this set. This challenge is one of nine lesson plans available in Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada’s First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920. The entire resource can be downloaded free from Pivotal Voices.

Deciding what every Canadian should know

In this challenge, students decide on the ten most important features that all Canadian should know about in regards to one or more of the injustices discussed in this set. The lesson focuses on the Interment during World War I but can be easily adapted to include the other four injustices by using the “background” briefing sheet for each injustice. This challenge is one of nine lesson plans available in Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada’s First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920. The entire resource can be downloaded free from Pivotal Voices.

Creating a commemorative display

In this challenge, students create a commemorative display to help educate Canadians about key aspects of one or more of the injustices discussed in this set. The lesson focuses on the Interment during World War I but can be easily adapted to include the other four injustices by using the “background” briefing sheet for each injustice. This challenge is one of nine lesson plans available in Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada’s First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920. The entire resource can be downloaded free from Pivotal Voices.