This is an opinion essay. Students are expected to write whether or not they think it is important to learn about and understand the history of Residential Schools. If students do not have an opinion, they can simply choose a side and try to prove their point. Students are expected to use materials given in class as evidence (such as Fatty Legs, shi-shi-etko video, shin-ci-canoe notes, Indian Act notes, and journal reflections).
If there are other essay topics I am open to student's suggestions as long as they are approved.
I have attached a sample essay outline, and the rubric.