Teachers’ Corner

Teens’ Corner: Zone MB [12-17]

This pedagogical tool is made up of three sections for students between 12 and 17 years of age. They can be consulted online. 

a) A Teenager in the XVIIth century<

This section is entirely made up of pictures by Francis Back. They represent the daily life of adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age in New France (in the XVIIth century).

The objective of this section is to get the adolescents to compare their lifestyle with that of teens in the XVIIth century while teaching them about the much harder life of those times and the numerous responsibilities taken on by young settlers. In fact, adolescence was not looked at in the same way as it is today!

b) Chronological timelines<

It is not always easy to situate a person of New France in the historical context of the colony, not to mention that of the motherland. That is why A Teenager in the XVIIth century offers three timelines that outline the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the key moments in the history of New France and France in the XVIIth and XVIIIth century.

In addition, a mini-survey (pdf - 1 page - 130 ko)< is offered to the teachers to encourage them to hold a class discussion and give the students a chance to express how they perceive history. In fact, this survey asks them to choose from a list of elements taken from the chronological timelines that they feel are the four most significant events in the history of New France. The teacher can print the page containing the ten historical events.

This mini-survey aims at helping young people reflect on the relative importance of the historical events and use their critical judgment. It may also help young people test their knowledge of history and make them aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

c)< Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. Quite a saga!<

The history of this chapel of pilgrimage dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, the first stone church in Montreal, is another “foolish adventure” full of twists and turns marked by the patience and perseverance of Marguerite Bourgeoys. All the events of this story are recounted on an illustrated table.