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ARCHIVED - In Quarantine:
Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937

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Educational Resources

Related Website: In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937

Ages:12-18 years

Subjects: History, Social Studies, Language Arts

Introduction

In the 19th century, an increasing number of people were leaving Europe to rebuild their lives in North America. Approximately two-thirds of these newcomers were from Ireland, arriving at a time when major cholera and smallpox epidemics were sweeping through Europe. To help control the spread of diseases, Grosse Île opened as a quarantine station in 1832. In 1834 alone, almost one-third of the 844 patients confined to the quarantine station died and were buried on the island.

In this unit, students will examine the Grosse Île Quarantine Station in mid-19th century Quebec. They will explore the significance of this point of immigration by writing an essay that addresses critical thinking questions, by acting out a mock Royal Commission, and by selecting a final culminating activity.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand the reasons for the establishment of the Grosse Île Quarantine Station in the 19th century;
  • understand and evaluate the activities at Grosse Île;
  • appreciate the importance of this period in Canadian history.

Concepts Students Will Encounter

  • The effect of immigration on government policy
  • The multiple perspectives involved in the causes of a major historical event

Activities Summary

Below is a table summarizing the content presented in this educational resource. For every title a brief description of the content is given. Links to PDF and RTF versions of the educational resource are also provided.

Title Description Alternate Formats
Curriculum Connections A table with links to provincial and territorial curriculums for the educational resource. [PDF 38 KB]
[RTF 828 KB]
Activity Resources A list of additional websites and books to help complete the activities. [PDF 37 KB]
[RTF 793 KB]
Activity 1
Significance of Grosse Île in Canadian History
To respond to critical thinking essay questions. [PDF 35 KB]
[RTF 785 KB]
Handout 1.1
Essay Topics
A list of discussion and essay questions by topic. [PDF 32 KB]
[RTF 797 KB]
Activity 2
Understanding What Happened at Grosse Île
To set up a mock Royal Commission of Inquiry. [PDF 36 KB]
[RTF 787 KB]
Handout 2.1
Situation and Royal Commission
Information to help students research what went wrong at Grosse Île. [PDF 37 KB]
[RTF 788 KB]
Handout 2.2
Group Organizational Form
A table for student notes. [PDF 30 KB]
[RTF 783 KB]
Handout 2.3a
Witness Group Reading Assignment
Information for students in the "British Government" group. [PDF 33 KB]
[RTF 781 KB]
Handout 2.3b
Witness Group Reading Assignment
Information for students in the "Canadian Government" group. [PDF 32 KB]
[RTF 780 KB]
Handout 2.3c
Witness Group Reading Assignment
Landlords, Ship Owners...
Information for students in the "Landlords, Ship Owners, Captains" group. [PDF 34 KB]
[RTF 784 KB]
Handout 2.3d
Witness Group Reading Assignment
Administrators of Grosse Ile
Information for students in the "Administrators of the Grosse Île" group. [PDF 33 KB]
[RTF 782 KB]
Handout 2.4a
Research and Note-Taking Organizer
A table to organize student research. [PDF 35 KB]
[RTF 787 KB]
Handout 2.4b
Research and Note-Taking Organizer
A table to organize student research for witness groups. [PDF 30 KB]
[RTF 785 KB]
Handout 2.5a
Royal Commissioner Note-Taking Organizer
A table to organize the observations of students in the "Royal Commission." [PDF 30 KB]
[RTF 788 KB]
Handout 2.5b
Royal Commissioner Recommendations Organizer
A handout to organize the recommendations of students in the "Royal Commission." [PDF 34 KB]
[RTF 781 KB]
Activity 3
Culminating Activity
To demonstrate student learning through a final activity. [PDF 35 KB]
[RTF 784 KB]
Handout 3.1
Activity Selection
A series of ideas students can choose from for the final activity. [PDF 30 KB]
[RTF 782 KB]
Handout 3.2
Action Plan
An activity planner for students. [PDF 30 KB]
[RTF 778 KB]
Handout 3.3
Meeting Form
A student-teacher meeting form. [PDF 30 KB]
[RTF 779 KB]