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# Write a Travel Article

## INTRODUCTION

Trains, cars, buses, and airplanes allow people to travel throughout Canada and around the world. People travel for many reasons, such as for work, to visit family, and for vacations. Information is available on the Web about where Canadians travel to and where visitors to Canada come from.

Imagine that you have been asked to write a one-page travel article for your local newspaper. You want to write about where Canadians like to travel to, either in Canada or the world, or where visitors to Canada come from. In order to write your article you must research your topic using questionnaires and the Web. You must also include a graph with your article.

## THE PROCESS

1. Visit Statistics Canada Tourism Indicators to see what information is available online.

Useful tables to view are:
Travel by Canadians to foreign countries, top 15 countries visited
Travellers to Canada by country of origin, top 15 countries of origin
Trips by Canadians in Canada, by province and territory

Note that you may be able to view data from previous years by selecting a year under “In this series” at the left side of the screen.

1. Create a questionnaire to determine what your readers would like to know about travel to, from or within Canada. Ask a variety of people to complete your questionnaire.
2. Use the results of your research and questionnaire to choose a topic for your article.
3. Write a one-page article explaining what you discovered about travel patterns to, from or within Canada. Include a graph to display the data you collected.

## RESOURCES

Website:

Statistics Canada Tourism Indicators

pencil
ruler
coloured pencils
grid paper

## ASSESSMENT

 Mathematical Processes Work meets standard of excellence Work meets standard of proficiency Work meets acceptable standard Work does not yet meet acceptable standard Problem Solving • developes a thorough plan for solving the problem • developes a workable plan for solving the problem • developes a basic plan for solving the problem • developes a minimal and/or flawed plan for solving the problem • chooses an efficient and effective strategy • chooses an appropriate and workable strategy • chooses a simplistic and/or routine strategy • chooses an inappropriate or unworkable strategy Communication • provides a precise and insightful explanation of mathematical concepts and/or procedures • provides a clear and logical explanation of mathematical concepts and/or procedures • provides a partially clear explanation of mathematical concepts and/or procedures • provides a vague and/or inaccurate explanation of mathematical concepts and/or procedures • organizes and displays the results in effective and clear ways that enhance interpretation • organizes and displays the results in appropriate and reasonably clear ways that assists interpretation • organizes and displays the results in somewhat appropriate and partially clear ways that make inferring necessary by the reader • organizes and displays the results in haphazard and/or unclear ways that impede interpretation