Pre-Visit Information

Site, Situation and Settlement

Pre-Visit Information

For your convenience, a partially completed 511C form is provided (pdf format). To ensure a successful day, it is essential to review BOTH the Program Specific Information below AND the General Guidelines!

Program Specific Information

Begin by dividing the students into pairs. Please consider how students are partnered as they will be working together all day to complete a variety of activities. 

To make the most of your time at TUSC, we’re providing you with materials to share with your students before the program.  Please download each of the files below and make enough copies for your students:

RAFT Description - One for each pair.

Resource Sheets - One set for each pair

Recording Sheets - One set for each pair

1. Explain to the students that their program at TUSC (Site, Situation and Settlement) looks at the settlement and growth of Toronto through key moments in time between 1793 to 1934. Since the focus of the program is to create an electronic presentation, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that the students complete their initial research before they arrive.  They will have time to add to their research at TUSC where they will have access to large maps and historic photos with captions.

2. Have each pair of students look over the RAFT outline to consider which Role, Audience, Format and Topic they are most interested in.  All of the choices must be in the same row.  If necessary (or possible) re-organize pairings so individuals with similar interests can work together.

3. Hand out the research and recording sheet sets. Each individual in the pair is responsible for researching and recording information from 3 of the 6 dates, so key points from 1793 - 1934 are covered. Remind students not to complete the information about the boundaries of the city (the first section of all the recording sheets), as that will be covered at TUSC with period maps. While it would be ideal for the students to focus their recording on the information related to their preferred topics, this first round of research is intended to give the students a general overview of the period.

For students who prefer audio resources to written resources we have made the written paragraphs for each date available as a movie.  Click the appropriate date below (or visit our playlist on YouTube):


4. Once the students have completed their initial research, explain that they will have time at TUSC to refine their work and create a specific plan for their presentations.

We expect that by getting a head start on the research at school, the students will have more time at TUSC to complete unique and polished projects that illustrate plausible inferences about the factors involved in Toronto’s growth from a "Muddy York" to a bustling metropolis. 

Finally, Please remind students:

  • this program is not “an outing”, it is a “work day”
  • bring a bottle of water
  • all program materials, including pencils and clipboards, are provided
Students need to bring a packed lunch and a drink. TUSC is a Platinum EcoSchool - Waste-Free Lunches are expected!Students need two TTC tickets: one to get to the program and one to return to school.


Location and Travel Instructions

 The Toronto Urban Studies Centre I.T. lab is located in Danforth Collegiate and Technical School, 800 Greenwood Avenue, one block north of Danforth Avenue at Strathmore Boulevard. 

by TTC:

 Go to the Greenwood Subway Station. Walk one block west along Strathmore Boulevard; enter the school via the the door at the south east corner of Greenwood and Strathmore Avenues and follow the signs to Room A18. 

by School Bus:

 Busses stop on the north side of Strathmore Boulevard. Enter by the south east door and follow the signs to Room A18. At the end of the day, students are picked up at the same location.