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EPISODE: 6 "Acadian Spirit"
Directed by Peter D'Entremont & Lindalee Tracey
This is the intriguing story
of one person's search for his historical roots in Canada. Peter D'Entremont's
search not only takes the viewer on a road through Canada's past but also
explores the true spirit of what it means to be an Acadian.
- Hardships of settling new
- Need to know one's family
- The contribution of Acadians
- Port Royal
- To appreciate the need to
know one's past
- To understand the reasons
for the deportation of the Acadians
- To know what it means to
be an Acadian
- To analyze the impact the
deportation had on the Acadians
- To evaluate the role Acadians
played in the development of specific parts of North America
- Imagine you are an Acadian
being forcibly deported. Write a poem about your feelings as you are
forced to board a ship, leaving the rest of your family behind.
- Form groups of three. Pretend
you are Acadians in 1755. You have just heard about the ultimatum the
governor has given to your people. One of you believe you should say
the oath, another that you should not, while the third is unsure. Write
a dialogue showing the two clear points of view. The third person should
be sure to draw out the arguments of the two who have already made up
- Create a painting or picture
that depicts an aspect of the Acadian way of life or the story of their
- Debate the following:
- The British were justified
in their deportation of the Acadians
- The French abandoned
- Separate cultural identities,
including Acadians, enrich a nation.
- Research places where Acadians
settled after their deportation. Using place names, determine where
Acadians may have settled on a map of Louisiana.
- Research and write an essay
on the following thesis:
Though only a small percentage of the population, Acadians have had
a much greater impact on North America than their numbers would warrant.
- Research Acadian food, including
their influence on "Cajun Cooking". Have the class prepare an Acadian
or Acadian related dish and bring it to class. The significance of each
dish should be explained as well as how this dish is Acadian.
- In a group, create a storybook
for grade 3 or 4 about the story of the Acadians.
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