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EPISODE: 9 "The Impossible
Home: Robert Kroetsch and his German Roots"
Directed by Carl Bessai
Carl Bessai focuses on novelist
and poet Robert Kroetsch, who, through his award-winning stories and poems,
recounts the immigration of his German great-great-grandfather to Ontario
and then onward to Heisler, Alberta.
- The reasons why Germans
immigrated to Canada
- The continual search for
a home identity by all Canadians
- The role of the journey
in the development of the Canadian identity
- First-growth forest
- Virgil and Homer
- Sod House
- To know the contributing
factors in German immigration
- To appreciate the importance
and role of oral history in Canada
- To understand the contributions
of German Canadians to Canada
- Prepare a genealogical study
of your own family history. Consult the A Scattering of Seeds
Web site on the Tracing Your Family History page for a study plan to
- "The history books didn't
give us a history." Tell an oral tale about your own family history
to the class.
- Perform a German folk song
for the class. Titles may be found on the A Scattering of Seeds
- Obtain a copy of Kroetsch's
novel The Studhorse Man. Read a one page excerpt to the class.
- Write a poem that pays tribute
to one of your ancestors. Read the poem to the class.
- Build either a model of
a sod house or an actual sod house.
- Find the location of an
old or current mill in your region. Photograph or paint the mill.
- Research three Canadian
writers who incorporate their family history in their work.
- "Is the truth of the man
in the man or in the biography." Debate this statement as a class. Submit
a one page opinion on the topic following the class debate.
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