Category: 30 mins

Artefact Evaluation: Group Think Tank

Artefact Evaluation: Group Think Tank Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Ask your students to reflect on Margo’s recovery story and collectively make a list of the different tools that Margo found helpful.  Next, have your students brainstorm other practices that would be helpful in the process of recovery and consider how the community, mental …

Artefact Evaluation: Perspective Taking

Artefact Evaluation: Perspective Taking Timing: 30 Minutes  Mode: In-class; Online Making specific references to events described in the artefacts used in this unit, students take the perspective of a 1981 Greenacres worker, resident or a family member and write a 250-word letter to the Chairman of Metro Toronto (the 1981 equal of today’s mayor) saying …

Artefact Evaluation: Expressing Ideas in Art

Artefact Evaluation: Expressing Ideas in Art Timing: 30 Minutes  Mode: In-Class; Online An art intervention can be an original piece of art or an interaction with art that has been created by another person.  Exploring course content through the production of artistic interventions allows students to process information in a multimodal fashion. Ask students to look …

Artefact Evaluation: Mobile as Metaphor

Artefact Evaluation: MoVay’s Way – Mobile as Metaphor Timing: 30 Minutes, flexible Mode: Online MoVay’s Way is an art intervention, a nuanced call for broader approaches to wellbeing that value the spiritual, the social, and the physical.  MoVay’s creator is focusing on the importance of balance, and this learning activity invites students to consider the …

Artefacts: Self-Guided 2

Artefacts: Self-Guided 2 – Doreen Befus Story Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online It is very difficult to uncover the voices and perspectives of the targets of eugenics legislation, but this set of resources shifts the focus from the political to the personal. A selection of the letters and photographs that Doreen Befus donated to …

Artefact Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules

Artefact Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Project community expert Irit Shimrat also made Question Man, another short video for the History and Practice teaching resources.  Students can view Go Nuts! and Question Man alongside one another and use them as a basis for an in-class or online discussion of …

Artefact Evaluation: Order of Canada

Artefact Evaluation: Order of Canada Timing: 30 minutes; flexible Mode: In-class; Online The Order of Canada, one of the highest honours that a Canadian citizen can receive, is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada.  The Order’s motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam (“They desire a better country”) underscores the fact …

Artefact Evaluation: Reflecting on Context

Artefact Evaluation: Reflecting on Context Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Bring in (or ask your students to bring in) examples of media and/or popular culture portrayals of madness.  After facilitating a discussion, have your students rework the examples they have brought in to create positive and diverse representations of madness. Use the questions below …

Artefact Evaluation: Intersectional Analysis

Artefact Evaluation: Intersectional Analysis Timing: 30 Minutes Use Beckman’s piece titled “What If?  …Cancer Prisons” as a prompt for your students in a creative writing or cartooning exercise. Ask your students to respond to Beckman’s satirical treatment of the criminalization of mental difference and substance use.  Encourage them to use humour (carefully!) to delve deeper …