RUE Episode 30: Passenger Railroads of Canada

Passenger Railroads of Canada! We explore Canada via Rail!  That’s what Episode 30 is all about – that and some tips on writing a report about a country.

The Canadian in Jasper Park
Via Rails Canadian train in Jasper National Park

We didn’t travel far from our last location in Alaska.  We’re still up North, and we’ll use much of what we learned about writing a state report as we use the possessive form to put sentences together to communicate the features of a place.

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Language Objectives: 

Use the possessive forms of nouns to vary sentence structure in expository writing. Organize facts into sentences and paragraphs.

Academic Content Objectives: Geography: Describe land forms found in interior British Columbia. Locate Vancouver, British Columbia and Jasper National Park.  History: Trace the Western Section of Canada’s Transcontinental Railroad.

Possessive Nouns

As we did in the state report on Alaska, we used the possessive form of nouns to vary our communication of facts about this great country.  We also focused on possessive pronouns. Interestingly, possessive pronouns do NOT have an apostrophe and S added like possessive nouns.

Looking briefly, we could say that the symbol of Canada is the maple leaf. We could also say that Canada’s symbol is the maple leaf.  As long as we’ve established that it’s Canada we’re writing about, we could write Its symbol is the maple leaf.

The possessive pronoun “its” is always written without an apostrophe.  The word “it’s” is NOT possessive.  It’s is a contraction for the words “it” and the word “is”. Let’s see that list of possessive pronouns I used in this episode:

my                  our

your               your

its,his,her     their

As you can see, No apostrophes!

You can practice this by writing your own report on Canada.  Remember the pattern…

The ____ of Canada is…..

Canada’s ____ is……

Its ____ is ……


Here are the instructional slides used in this episode.  Click the image to enlarge, and use the back arrow to return to this page.

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The maple leaf is the symbol of Canada, as seen on its flag.
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Here we first use the prepositional phrase “of Canada” and then use the possessive by adding apostrophe and “s” to Canada. Both are correct.
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If the noun is plural, the S goes after the apostrophe.

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Click here for an article on Canada in Wikipedia.  It’s a good place to start your research.

There are more lessons in English, plus another self-assessment in our next Episode.  Of course, there’s also more great train video. Click on

Episode 31 and enjoy!