Canadian Identity during the First World War
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Using a variety of sources, historical thinking concepts, activities and assignments, these lessons allow for students to use primary sources as significant pieces of evidence in furthering their understanding Canadian identity, citizenship and heritage. To establish Historical Significance, students will use their own critical thinking skills to determine whether or not Billy Bishop should be considered a hero. Considering Canadian inventions as Evidence, students will work to consider what makes something important in history and how to represent that knowledge. They will explore the shaping of Canada's identity with the establishment and contributions of the National Hockey League and how it continues to develop a sense of pride, unity, and comradeship over the course of time. Using the Group of Seven's artwork, students will examine the cause and consequences of their paintings and to explore how this group has been a culturally driven influence on Canada's identity. Using music popular during World War I students will explore the different historical perspectives of various groups throughout Canada at the time. Through examining propaganda posters students will consider the ethical issue of food and the value Canadians places on the lives of soldiers and civilians during World War I.