Your Birthday in History

Have your students explore BC history and the Benchmarks of Historical Thinking concept Historical Significance. Students will discover noteworthy events that happened on their birth dates in BC history. Students will be asked to produce a Historica Fairs project. Research, interpretive and presentation skills will be highlighted while working with history relevant to each student.

You be the author. What would you put in a textbook on the First World War?

Students have been hired to write a chapter on the First World War for a high school history book. The publisher, however, has put them on a tight budget for the number of pages and illustrations. Students, taking the roles of historians and authors, must choose only the three most important events of the time.  They are responsible for researching the events of the First World War and writing a letter to the textbook publisher outlining and defending their choice of events. Students must use the criteria for historical significance when making their argument.

Two Accounts of the Fall of New France

Students are given two different stories about the fall of New France and asked to consider in what ways they are different and why.The goal of this lesson is for students to learn how to deal with competing accounts or narratives and to recognize that accounts are constructed based on decisions about significance and interpretation of evidence.

Timber: History of BC's Logging Industry

Using photographs and a chronology of events and trends in the forest industry, students will identify various periods and turning points in the history of the industry. Students will continue to consider whether logging and the forest industry have progressed or declined over the last two centuries.

The Underground Railroad

Funding and support for the development of this lesson plan is as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation of the K-12 Social Studies curriculum. Financial and in-kind support was also provided by the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (www.erlc.ca).

The FLQ—Was the War Measures Act a Necessity or an Over-reaction?

Students will examine a series of photographs, videos and accounts detailing the activities of the FLQ throughout the 1960's and culminating in the October Crisis of 1970. From these various documents, students will assess the necessity of the invocation of the War Measures Act in 1970 and develop an historical argument explaining why they think the use of this act was justified or not justified at this point in Canadian history.

The Changing Faces of Tourism in British Columbia

In this lesson, students will begin by comparing a contemporary photograph of Emerald Lake with the image in the January panel of the British Columbia 150 Years Calendar by Historica and inferring the explicit and implicit messages revealed about British Columbia then and now. After being introduced to the concepts of continuity and change, students will examine present day tourism brochures and magazines to determine what is being promoted by the images and text.

The Battle of Québec, 1759

In this unit students interpret, value and interact with primary source evidence as they try and answer why the English won the Battle of Québec in 1759. The attachments include a range of primary and secondary sources: letters, memoirs, historical accounts, paintings, and maps.

Steamboats on Kootenay Lake

In this activity, the students will examine the existence of communities in the Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes and Columbia River system in the context of their establishment and their existence today. Through research, the students will determine the factors that contributed to the establishment of the various communities in these areas in the 1800s and compare them to factors they contribute to the communities' existence/demise in recent times. The students will then examine the concept of what has changed and what has stayed the same in relation to these communities.