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Sir John A. Macdonald: Heritage Minute

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This learning tool complements Historica Canada’s Sir John A. Macdonald Heritage Minute by exploring the role of Sir John A. Macdonald in the negotiations leading up to Canada’s Confederation. The Charlottetown Conference in 1864 was attended by delegates from the Province of Canada, including Sir John A. Macdonald, who met with the leaders of the Maritime colonies. While at the Charlottetown Conference, leaders heard Macdonald speak about his vision of a future union. The...
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The War of 1812: Overview Guide

This Guide is designed to enhance your students’ knowledge and appreciation of this seminal historic conflict through engaging discussion and interactive activities.
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Inquiry Guide: War of 1812

Understanding the War of 1812 and its place in Canada’s history is an important part of a history student’s education. Being able to recognize the different perspectives, experiences, and outcomes that resulted from the War of 1812 is also important. The skills taught in this learning tool are meant to be useful to students throughout their study of history.
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Borders & Boundaries: The War of 1812

In this guide, borders are defined in geographic, political, national, linguistic and cultural terms. Sometimes they are clearly defined and other times they are abstract, though still significant to the populations affected by them. During the War of 1812, borders were often unclear as no proper survey had been done to define the boundaries. Border decisions were made by government leaders and frequently led to decades of disagreements. When borders changed, they often affected the people...
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Aboriginal Peoples: The War of 1812

The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 presents an opportunity for Canadians to turn their attention to this significant time in the country’s history. The War of 1812 had a major impact on the future of British North America and, in particular, on the continent’s Aboriginal peoples, many of whom played an important role in protecting the Canadas (Upper and Lower Canada; now Ontario, Québec and Labrador) from American invasion.
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Research and Writing
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Essay Writing: Getting Started With a Thesis

One thing to remember is that an essay is a process. There are steps to follow that will help. Trying to get things done all at once will make it difficult, so try to think of your essay in small parts. This will make things easier and make the essay writing process seem less overwhelming.
Research and Writing
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Critical Thinking

It's important to understand what it is because it is essential to use critical thinking in any work you do in school.
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Compiling a Bibliography

A bibliography is a list of sources that you consulted in order to complete your project. If possible, it should include a variety of sources, such as websites or books and even newspapers or magazines.
The bibliography always comes at the end of the project and on a separate sheet of paper.
Military History
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An ABC of D-Day

This learning tool explores the Battle of Normandy, better known as D-Day.

It includes:
- An ABC guide to D-Day
- D-Day diary excerpts from Commander Desmond Piers
- Canadian Veteran's Poem
- Just-A-Minute interactive game
Military History
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An ABC of the Battle of the Atlantic

This learning tool explores the Battle of the Atlantic from multiple points of view.
Included are:
- An ABCs guide to the Battle of the Atlantic with research prompts.
- First-hand accounts of the battle from a Navy Officer from Bristich Columbia, a Navy Bride from Ontario, and a German U-Boat officer.
- A game called Just-A-Minute.

Resources:

Andrew Irwin's story - The Memory Project

Iolanda "Vy" Connolly's story - The Memory Project

Werner Max Hirschmann's story - The Memory Project
Military History
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An ABC of the Second World War

This learning tool explores the Second World War using multiple points of view.
Included are:
- An ABCs guide to the Second World War with research prompts
- A lyrical analysis activity
- Voices of War, a collection of war-time perspectives (Includes a long and short testimony of Squadron Leader George Stewart, DFC)
- A game titled Just-A-Minute
Military History
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An ABC of Canada in the First World War

This learning tool explores Canada's role in the First World War.

Included are:
- A guide to using the learning tool
- An ABC of Canada in the First World War I with research prompts
- Two games titled A Family Affair and Just-A-Minute
Indigenous History

Storybook Legends


Overview


This project is designed to be an introduction to mythology utilizing local history and culture. The project will involve elders telling local legends to students and then collaborating with students on producing a storybook with illustrations of the legend as told to them by the elders. This project demonstrates the traditional working relationship of First Nations people – elders sharing their wisdom with the students in turn interpreting the history and culture taught to them. The...
Political History

Prime Ministers of Canada


Overview


The student will identify Canada’s Prime Ministers since Confederation and place the Prime Ministers along a time line. The student will report on important events in the life of a Prime Minister. The student will report a significant contribution that the Prime Minister has made to the development of Canada. The student will produce a piece of art/drama that has relevance to the life of the Prime Minister.

Aims


This is a researched based project. The students will use secondary...

Step into History


Overview


This exercise presents an historic photograph for your students to recreate, or step into. The photo of The Last Spike shows many of the key people involved with building the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR), some unidentified people, and a young boy who is poking his head through the crowd. This photograph was taken on the dreary morning of 7 November 1885 at Craigellachie, British Columbia at the western entrance to Eagle Pass.

In this lesson, students will become actors in the...

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