Lance Corporal John Shiwak
This lesson explores Lance Corporal John Shiwak, a skilled sniper and Inuk member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who died in France during the First World War. Students will watch a short YouTube video clip (5m:42) about the Lance Corporal and then engage in a creative exercise and create a work of art based on Shiwak’s time in the trenches. (This lesson will take at least 45 minutes).
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D-Day: The Crossword Puzzle Mystery
This lesson introduces students to D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. First the students will watch a short documentary (10m:06) describing D-Day. Second, a newspaper article that talks of a suspicious pre-D-Day crossword puzzle is reviewed. Lastly, the students will complete their own crossword puzzle containing clues and words related to the Normandy Invasion. (This lesson will take at least 45 minutes).
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D-Day: Video Analysis (3 Activities)
After viewing a two minute D-Day video showing Canadian soldiers disembarking from a landing craft onto Juno Beach, students will complete one (or more) of three activities described in the PDF (Think-Pair-Share, KWL, Crossword). Students will also learn about Sgt Bill Grant (the man who took the video) and the context within which the video was filmed. (With all 3 activities this lesson will take at least 75 minutes).
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