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PART 1: The Classroom Issue Referendum
PART 2: The Community Meeting
PART 3: Writing the Newspaper
PART 4: The Class Newfoundland Referendum
PART 5: Creating the Class Timeline Display
PART 6: Closure

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge
    Students will understand:
    • the purpose, nature and mechanics of a referendum
    • that Newfoundlandersparticipated in a referendum to decide whether or not to join Confederation
    • the important role played by the press/ media in a referendum campaign
    • the historical context of, and the positions taken in, the Newfoundland referendum of 1948
    • the terms "colony", "community meeting", and "responsible government"

  2. Attitudes
    Students will appreciate:
    • the complexity of the issues and the emotions involved in the referendum vote that brought Newfoundland into the Canadian Confederation

  3. Skills
    Students will be able to:
    • develop and ask questions to get information
    • synthesize and communicate information orally
    • collaboratively synthesize information and write a newspaper story or an editorial from notes prepared at a community meeting
    • express a position in writing
    • evaluate information about the Newfoundland Referendum question in order to vote Yes or No in the simulated referendum

  4. Experiential
    Students will:
    • participate in role playing, either as panelists answering questions or reporters asking questions of the panelists, at a simulated community meeting
    • participate in a simulated referendum

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