Education Workshops at the Archives of Ontario

Family Ties: Ontario at the Time of Confederation, grade 8

Family Ties

What was it like to live in Ontario at the time of Confederation? How did political, social, and economic forces impact different families around the province? This hands-on workshop will connect students with historical individuals to help them explore and understand the context and significance of Confederation in 1867.

Working with our exhibit, Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150, students will learn about four family groups living in different areas of the province in the mid-19th century, and look at primary source records to gather information and draw conclusions about their lives during the Era of Confederation. Workshops taking place at the Archives will include a tour of the facility, giving students a behind-the-scenes look at our Reading Room, Preservation Lab, and archival vaults.

Curriculum Connections

This workshop aligns with the 2013 Revised History curriculum for Grades 7 to 8

Students will be involved with different components of the inquiry process by:

  • Formulating questions
  • Gathering and organizing information, evidence, and/or data
  • Interpreting and analysing information, evidence, and/or data
  • Evaluating information, evidence, and/or data and drawing conclusions
  • Communicating findings

Travelling Modifications

In a travelling format, with a 60-90 minute time frame, students will get an introduction to the Archives of Ontario, and a chance to use primary source records to respond to a research question.

To book an onsite visit, complete a Booking Request Form [PDF] and a member of our team will get back to you to confirm details.