Time Period: 1608-1760
Social Phenomenon: Evolution of colonial society under French rule
Learning Intentions for this document collection include:
To describe the territorial and social organization of a seigneury.
To explain the daily life of the peasantry.
To explain the adaptation of the peasantry to the conditions in New France.
To describe the significance of slavery on the society of New France
Competency 1 Activity Suggestion: Establish your own seigneury
In project groups, students read over the documents indicated for the learning intention “describe the territorial and social organization of a seigneury.” Students take notes on features they would like to use in their seigneury representation. An organizer like “Map facts and Ideas 2” available also via www.learnquebec.ca/history#graphicorganizers could be used.
Using a blank topographical map of a model area or an actual area where seigneuries were located, students could situate properties such as those where different players live, and also, facilities such as the mill, church, farms, roads. Note: Screenshots from http://atlas.gc.ca/toporama/en/index.html could be used for this task.
Competency 2 Activity Suggestion:
Argument for attracting settlers (Poster, Contract, Speech, etc)
In project groups, students read over the documents indicated for the learning intentions: “To explain the daily life of the peasantry; To explain the adaptation of the peasantry to the conditions in New France, and To describe the significance of slavery on the society of New France”
In order to attract, confirm, commit various players involved to establish themselves on a seigneury in question (real or imagined) students can do a project similar to one of the following: Write up the contract / Give a speech / Create a poster of what you would propose to attract settlers /
In their presentation, students should indicate the responsibilities and rights of the players involved. A competition element could be included: Different groups representing different seigneuries could compete for settlers. i.e. Other students (possibly representing different groups or players) could vote for which seigneury is the most attractive to them.
20 pages of curated texts, images and videos are available in an adaptable Google Document format, including links to sources for research or access to larger images for teacher or student use:
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#17 Seigneurial system. Adaptation of settlers. Slavery. Go to site