Sharing our Histories Goals: To explore your family history as it connects to the history of Canada and to write a biography. Definition of Biography: An account of someone’s life written by someone else. (Synonyms: life history, memoir) Task: Choose one parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who was born outside of Canada. Through family conversations and research, write a biography, create a map, and art piece about him/her and his/her journey to Canada. The biography should be based on facts, but where information is limited you may fictionalize some of the biography, as long as it is realistic and based on actual research you have done on the time of history that you are writing about. *If you are unable to write about a parent/grandparent/great-grandparent due to lack of information, you may alternatively choose to write about a famous person in history who settled in Canada. 1) Research and Writing the Biography Begin by gathering facts about your chosen person. Use the attached Biography Questionnaire to organize your information. Write the Biography. 2) Create a Map Create a map to show your person’s journey to and within Canada. If your character moved around Canada a lot, you may want to show his/her journey within Canada only. If your character did not move around much, you may want to include your character’s home country and Canada. 3) Art Component Create a piece of art that deepens your knowledge and understanding of the journey and experience of immigrating to Canada. Some suggestions are: -a hand-drawn black and white portrait of your character (based on a photo) -a landscape painting of the place your character lived or moved to -a box of items that your person might have brought with him/her to Canada and put some of these items into a box, or create a picture of the items -an image of you, photo-shopped to appear like your chosen person and reflecting the time period he/she lived in.