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(Grade 8: Social Studies) “How Far Have We Come”? Occupy Wall Street

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AN ACTIVITY FOR GRADE 8

Article: Protesters Have The World’s Attention (Editorial)
By Joyce Grant

Nigel (left) and Shane at the OccupyToronto protest; Image: Joyce Grant

ACTIVITY: How Far Have We Come?
By Jonathan Tilly

1.Using a t-chart, compare living and working conditions, technological developments, and social roles near the beginning of the twentieth century with similar aspects of life in present-day Canada.

2. Using your t-chart and the “occupy” article, decide whether it is better to be a worker today or at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Curriculum Connection
Describe the social and working conditions of Canadians around the beginning of the twentieth century; (OME, Social Studies: Grade 8).