THE CAUSES OF WORLD WAR II CANADA’S CONTRIBUTION: RESOURCE PACK
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The purpose of this resource pack is to provide the teacher with all of the lesson plans and tools to use in a classroom environment and educate the students on a specific expectation from the Ontario History Curriculum. This will be achieved in conjunction with Peter Seixas and Tom Morton’s “The Big Six” which examine the teaching of history through six key strategic approaches. Each lesson provided in this course pack will focus on one of the six major historical thinking concepts from this source. The first lesson will have students engage with primary documents relating to the cause of WWII (i.e. The Treaty of Versailles). Students will demonstrate their ability to identify the impact of an author, and historical context on the creation of a source. Lesson two explores the historical thinking concept of Continuity and Change through the Nazi Party’s (and Hitler's) rise to power between 1929-1933. It will focus on ideologies of the Nazi Party and Hitler's use of the Great Depression and the state of Germany's dire political, social and economic situation to gain power. Lesson three will use the historical thinking concept of ethical dimensions to examine Canada’s rejection of the St. Louis and other refugees during World War II. Lesson four explores Canada's involvement in D-Day and their role in the Liberation of the Netherlands - two key events to Canadian involvement in World War II. It uses the historical thinking concept of Historical Significance by tying Canada’s involvement to World War II. Lesson five will ask students to consider the implications of historical perspectives on the study of history, in particular, on the study of Canadian life on the home front during WWII. Students will demonstrate their ability to avoid presentism, and acknowledge diversity within historical perspectives, as well as diversity between today's worldview, and that of the past. 2 In lesson six, students will explore the concept of cause and consequence by examining the multiple causes and consequences which led to Germany’s invasion of Austria. By completing this resource pack, students will have a rich understanding of one of the Ontario History Curriculum’s specific expectations, and will have explored various primary source documents which examine a variety of major historical thinking concepts. This resource pack (although specific to the Ontario Curriculum) will be beneficial to any teacher wishing to teach about and have their students have a deep understanding of Canada during World War II.