Topic: War remembrance/Peace Education. 

1. The Canada Remembers web site is a part of the Veterans Affairs Canada and seeks to inform students, educators, the public, and new Canadians on the realities and history of wars; both present and past.  This website serves more than a historical context for student and educators but also serves to honour and remind Canadian of sacrifices made during times of war and peace.  Excellent resource for educators since you can find teaching modules, view video and audio interviews from veterans in their own words.  The modules for teachers use learning theory of constructivism where students are expected to watch videos and partake in activities to help them understand the war, as the web site says, from a ‘first person perspective’.    Resources are developed for grades 7-12.

2. The Canadian War Museum Remembrance Day Kit is an excellent resource for students who do not reside in Ontario or Quebec.  The website features online activities students can partake in and clear goals and learning outcomes are indentified.  Again, this website seems to encourage students to construct their own understanding of the war through the creation of exhibits in their own school.  Very good website.

3. The Royal Canadian Legion has an excellent “Poppy and Remembrance” module for teachers.  The module is downloadable in PDF format, has colour pictures, graphics, and textual resources such as poems, suggested Remembrance Day agenda for local schools Remembrance Day assemblies, and even art and craft activities for younger students.    The activities and work created for students appears to use the behaviorist model as the teacher would then lecture on the poems or materials and then assessment of learning is done through the completion of activities such as essays, poems, posters, or other forms of art.  There is also a chance for students to win prizes for their activities.

4. The CBC archives have an excellent archive of facts, information, and journalist articles for students to use in completion of any activity or exercise as prescribed by an instructor.  Lots of pictures, text, and multimedia is available as well.  

5. An excellent resource for teachers is the McGill Rare Books and Collections Canadian War Posters Collection which is available online.  Here a teacher, who may be teaching about propaganda or social realities during time of war, may find a plethora of scanned and original propaganda and war posters.  The collection includes both English and French Canadian posters used to enlist men and women to joining the armed forces, appeals for citizens to keep ‘home front knowledge’ quiet, and to help keep up war production and motivating posters to help workers in factories keep the ‘big picture’ in mind when working.  The limitation to this website is that students would have a hard time navigating the material that is available and there are no activities or modules.  It is more a resources for teachers to develop their own instructional strategies.  

By Cheri:

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Take a look at the Parliment buildings live, on Remeberance day or when students are visiting: