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Lesson : The Quiet Revolution in Quebec

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The beginning of a new era - the Quiet Revolution in Quebec
History of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec in the 1960s presented in eight chapters plus a chapter on important public figures who marked the era.
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A Core Element: Education.
Following are texts associated with the chapter on “A Core Element: Education.”
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Beginnings: The Postwar Period
Texts associated with the beginnings of the Quiet Revolution: the postwar period.
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Culture: Build-up and Breakaway
Texts associated with the chapter : Culture: Build-up and Breakaway
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Texts associated with the chapter : Epilogue
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Reclaiming the Economy
Texts associated with the chapter : Reclaiming the Economy
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Social Realities
Texts associated with the chapter : Social Realities
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Some Figureheads of the Quiet Revolution
Texts associated with the chapter : Some Figureheads of the Quiet Revolution
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The Affirmation of Quebec on the Political Scene
Texts associated with the chapter : The Affirmation of Quebec on the Political Scene
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The New Role of the State
Texts associated with the chapter : The New Role of the State.
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Women and the Quiet Revolution
Texts associated with the chapter : Women and the Quiet Revolution
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Learning Objectives

Course Material Required

- Computer with Internet access
- PowerPoint or Keynote software

Learning Objectives
In all six modules, the objectives are related to the skill level of Secondary 4 (Grade 10) history.

The modules include:

Beginnings: the Postwar Period
A Core Element: Education
The New Role of the State
Reclaiming the Economy
The Affirmation of Quebec on the Political Scene
Culture: Build-up and Breakaway
Social Facts
Women and the Quiet Revolution
Some Figureheads of the Quiet Revolution

The skills include:

Acquiring a historic perspective
Establishing relations between the Quebec before, during and after the Quiet Revolution

Educational Connections (cross-curricular competencies)

Build on information (use the information).
Build on information (put your knowledge into perspective).
Express your opinion (exercise your critical judgement).
Make the most of technology (use information and communications technology).
Immerse yourself in the aspects of a situation (apply creative thinking).
Explore (apply creative thinking).

Educational Outcomes

Bring the student to examine the subject from a historic perspective.
Bring the student to understand the present based on the past.
Bring the student to express an opinion on this history.
Bring the student to develop critical thinking.

Presentation of the Project

The Quiet Revolution was an important period in Quebec with impact on almost all aspects of society. The Quiet Revolution had a profound effect in the province on education, the role of the state, the economy, the affirmation of Quebec, culture and the role of women. What today is the heritage of the Quiet Revolution? This is the question to which students must find the answer.  

Project Guidelines

The project involves the creation of a PowerPoint or Keynote document. The presentation must include text, images, photos and sound/video excerpts if possible.

The purpose of the PowerPoint or Keynote document is to show how the Quiet Revolution has an impact on your life, even today. A parallel must be drawn between the events of the 1960s and events today.

However, before producing your PowerPoint or Keynote document, you must collect information to learn more about the subject. This is what this lesson is about! To collect your information, you need only answer the 20 questions found later in this document.

You will be evaluated on the basis of the pertinence of the information integrated into your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation and your approach to information collection.

I invite you to read the collection of learning objects to gain a better understanding of the Quiet Revolution. Once you have read this information, answer the questions. Your teacher will explain how to prepare your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

The learning object collection contains 10 sections. We invite you to read and answer the questions.


Question 1
Who was Maurice Duplessis?

Question 2
Who declared “Vive le Québec libre”?

Question 3
What was Bill 63 about?

Question 4
How many feature films were made in Quebec between 1953 and 1963?

Question 5
What does the abbreviation “FLQ” stand for?

Question 6
Who declared that “An education system corresponding to our needs and open to all, rich or poor, urban or rural dwellers, is vital to our economic progress and the gradual increase in our standard of living” (translation).

Question 7
In 1959, 500 000 people were prescribed a new drug. Which one?

Question 8
What does the Parent Report address?

Question 9
What year was the CEGEP created?

Question 10
What was the real name of Brother Anonymous??

Question 11
Who was the leader of the Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale as of 1964?

Question 12
Who uttered the famous “Désormais” (henceforth)?

Question 13
What year did Daniel Johnson (senior) die?

Question 14
René Lévesque was named Minster of Hydraulic Resources under what political party?

Question 15
Who wrote the play entitled “Les belles-soeurs” (The Sisters-in-law)?

Question 16
Who was the first woman named to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec?

Question 17
What event opened Quebec to the world?

Question 18
What was the conclusion of the Bird Commission?

Question 19
In 1965, what tools did the government of Quebec develop to achieve its goal of reclaiming the economy?

Question 20
Who was Jean Drapeau?

Preparing your PowerPoint or Keynote Document

You have surely learned many new things... Now it is time to choose the subject or approach to your project and submit it to your teacher for approval.

The subject of your PowerPoint or Keynote document must answer the following question.


When your PowerPoint or Keynote document is completed, submit it to your teacher.

To help you:
The Virtual Museum of Canada’s image search engine.

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Good luck with your project!

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