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strangers becoming us - secondary
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Strangers Becoming Us - Secondary program cover Strangers Becoming Us is a resource for Grades 9 — 12 that examines issues relating to multiculturalism, citizenship, and what it means to be a new Canadian. It includes case studies, political cartoons and activities that explore coming to Canada as an immigrant or as a refugee, the historical treatment of new Canadians and the stresses that occur for youth that live between two cultures. It is designed for use in Social Science/Social Studies and ESL secondary programs.

The resource includes


  • a Teacher's Guide that includes all lesson plans and student activity sheets
  • an audio CD of several instalments of a 'radio show' including interviews with children and relevant experts
  • a full transcript of the CD

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Strangers Becoming Us - Secondary Teacher's Guide
sbusecondary_sample_en.pdf (PDF, 132KB)

Strangers Becoming Us - CD Transcript
sbusecondary_trans_sample_en.pdf (PDF, 60KB)


Thank you to our sponsor



Citizenship and Immigration Canada Citizenship and Immigration Canada logo


Thanks also to the following organizations for their support



Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement

The Maytree Foundation The Maytree Foundation logo

Family Service Association Family Service Association logo

Lord Dufferin Public School, Toronto

Ramer Wood Public School, Markham



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