Category: Writing

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: 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: Movie-Making

Artefact Evaluation: Movie Making – Thinking about Process Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Inmates filmmakers Lanny Beckman and Megan Davies wrote a book chapter about the process of creating the documentary.  Use the following questions as the basis for a written or oral reflection on the book chapter. If students have not had personal …

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 …

Artefact Evaluation: Think Piece

Artefact Evaluation: Think Piece in Governmentality Timing: 45 Minutes; Flexible  Mode: In-class; Online Professor Kathy Kendall, the sociologist who discovered the 1940s radio plays, describes them as an example of governmentality, the creation of the ideal Canadian citizen through the guidance of mental health experts and the use of public education. Hear Kendall make these connections. …

Artefact Evaluation: Creating a Play

Artefact Evaluation: Creating a Radio Play Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class These radio plays help us to understand the socio-political-historical context in which madness is defined and managed.  The act of writing a script for a current radio play prescribing “appropriate” behaviour allows students to explore how socio-political influences impact what we see as pathological …

Artefact Evaluation: The Valleyview Legacy

Artefact Evaluation: Moyra Jones – The Valleyview Legacy Timing: 30 Minutes  Mode: In-class; Online Introduce this exercise by asking learners to decide on 3 words that best describe Moyra Jones.  Then have students make a mind map or infographic that visually depicts core values embedded within the ideas and practices of Moyra Jones and her …