Magic Teachers' Page
This site has been developed by TG Magazine's students and
professional staff, using our expertise in preparing learning
materials, for students and teachers, which are both motivating
(fun!) AND educational!
Clicking through the maps provides a visual component to locating
each storefront photo. The maps themselves and the locations of
each storefront, can be used as part of an URBAN GEOGRAPHY unit,
with students researching exact locations using actual street
maps. Group discussions, research projects or individual essays
can be assigned to explore such CONCEPTS as city planning,
intra-city migration patterns, use of physical space and commerce
to define cultures or groups, etc.
Each storefront photo comes with questions for discussion and
exploration of the CONCEPTS of culture, identity, stereotypes,
immigration and settlement. These can be integrated into standard
teaching units on RACISM, CULTURE, HISTORY and SOCIAL STUDIES.
The photo images can be used to develop CRITICAL THINKING AND
ANALYSIS SKILLS. For example: "What does this image tell you about
cultural migration?" or "Why does this storefront combine Chinese
characters and a 'Pizza Special'?" Students can explore how and
why this happens and how it enriches a community, by examining
these images, creating their own questions and using the text
archives to answer them.
Our students have developed some questions to get others started.
Teachers may wish to modify or add their own questions for each
photo to allow students to further reflect and explore concepts
according to curriculum guidelines.
ENGLISH SKILLS can be developed by encouraging students to imagine
and express their own vision of the daily lives of those who live
near and work in these storefronts.
Each photo image also contains a stimulating quote from, and a
link to, one of the articles on the site, designed to encourage
students to discover a rich and varied textual archive. All
articles can be accessed from the Articles Index on this site, and
can be used by students during research assignments on any of the
concepts and topics described above. Individual articles can form
the basis for assigning GROUP WORK, DISCUSSION, or
Areas explored include: business; culture; education; ethnic
issues; events and traditions; First Nations; historic
immigration; current immigration; individual racism; racism and
the media; and systemic racism.
Finally, elements of the entire site can easily be integrated into
a unit of study on Toronto as the PROVINCIAL CAPITAL of Ontario,
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