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Finding housing in Montréal
The following is a learning situation developed by the Recitus - Univers Social site
and intended for teacher (and student) use in the new Quebec Secondary Geography program. It
offers an organized educational approach, and draws from and expands upon materials gathered in the
Metropolises resource collection on Montreal.
Certain elements may have been changed and adapted during the translation process. (If you are interested in visiting the original site, click the image to the right.)
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Focuses and Pegagogical Aim
Focuses of development: To get students to
distinguish between their wants, their needs and the limits imposed by the real world. Faced with
this reality, students will analyze existing power relationships and assess personal versus
Pedagogical aim: To make students aware that finding housing in a metropolis like Montréal is an important territorial issue. Using information and communication technologies, students will be asked to read on the subject and represent the territory in question. They will have to explain the issue and explore possible solutions.
QEP Connections: Competencies, Content and Concepts
Uses information and communication technologies
Understands the organization of a territory: Montréal
Interprets a territorial issue: finding housing in a metropolis
Program content (concepts, strategies, techniques and attitudes)
Urban territory: Montréal
Central concept: Metropolis
Related concepts: imbalance (rich and poor neighbourhoods), urban development
Technique: Geographical sketch
(Referencing the Québec Education Program)
Students must address the issue of the housing crisis by becoming a cartoonist for a day. They must put themselves in the shoes of one the players involved (tenant, landlord, government or real-estate developer) and depict the issue in the form of a caricature, photo story, collage or comic strip.
Analyze the situation
(Production Phase begins)
2- Is it hard to find housing in Montréal?
3- Geographical sketch
4- Where will I live?
Find possible solutions
Take a position
(Integration Phase: reviewing initial perceptions.)
Task overview table link (activities, competencies and concepts)
For several years now, the housing crisis has made headlines every July. What explains this situation? Why is it being called a crisis? Who is affected? What are some of the possible solutions?
This task was created by Annie Coulombe, Caroline Gagnon, Marc-André Lalande, Julie Larivière,
Steve Quirion and Sophie Turbide.
Associated files were created by Annie Coulombe and Julie Larivière. Graphics and layout for original French site were done by Steve Quirion and Mathieu Rocheleau.
Complimentary English links and resources provided by LEARN.
This task was tested in spring 2004.