Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Our Labour History Project has produced lesson plans to accompany the Working People Video series.  Links to these plans are on the Working People Series page.

Lesson plans for the Social Justice 12 Labour Studies course:

Introduction and Overview

 Lesson 1: Good Jobs Needed

Lesson 2:  Where Do You Stand?

Lesson 3: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend

Lesson 4:  Trade Unions and Social Justice

Lesson 5: Factory Simulation

Lesson 6: History of the Labour Movement in BC

Lesson 7: Case Study of the Big Strike

Lesson 8: Workers and the Law

Lesson 9: Labour Leaders

Lesson 10: Labour on Screen

Lesson 11: Social Justice, Workers, and the Global Economy

Lesson 12: Globalizing Solidarity

Lesson 13: Labour Songs

Appendix: Labour Terms

These Were the Reasons Lesson Plan

A lesson plan has also been developed to accompany the video “These Were the Reasons”

Lesson Plans:  Workplace Health & Safety:

Introduction to Labour History: Two activities: a short discussion about the depiction of workers in history, and participants asked to consider some of the victories in social justice that came about largely through the work of the labour movement.

Asbestos Case Study: Participants will gather a historical perspective of asbestos exposure in BC. Participants will consider the continuing legacy of asbestos dangers for workers and their families. Participants will discuss future directions for asbestos production in Canada.

Health and Safety in the Workplace-Babine Lake: Participants will review the Burns Lake mill tragedy by analyzing each of the positions taken by the employer (Babine Forest Products and Hampton Affiliates), and a government agency (WorkSafeBC) after the incident. Participants will compare the Burns Lake Mill and Lakeland Mill explosions and fires both of which destroyed the respective sawmills within a three-month period. Participants will offer their view on the lessons learned in this historical case study of workplace health and safety.