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Understanding Causes and Consequences
1. Begin with a story to build on students' own experiences of causes and consequences.
2. Group some of the causes discussed into three categories: individuals, groups and social conditions/forces.
3. Explain that when looking for the causes of historical events, historians consider the same kinds of factors. Human beings "make" history, just as the students "make" their report card grades. However, we act under certain conditions that influence us. This is the same in history. People influence events, but they in turn are constantly influenced by social forces, by other groups, by geography, and by history.
4. Explain that the students will be studying some significant events in the history of Chinese Canadians and looking at their various causes and consequences, much as the class looked at the causes and consequences of their school marks.