A Historical Lesson in Tolerance

Project | English

Suggested Levels: Grades 6-9

Students will explore the idea of tolerance and what history has taught us in the past.

There are two major videos in this project with two different intentions. In the first part of the project students will be encouraged to consider events or elements in the current decade that people in the future will remember when looking back.

They will then look at a time in Canadian history when war caused the government to make particular decisions concerning people they considered to be potentially disloyal.

This project is intended for students in grades 6-9.

This is a great introduction to students learning to develop their skills in interpreting and analyzing a variety of text types that might provide clues to events that occurred at different points in history.

During the course of the project students will have the opportunity to analyze images, video, audio and a variety of print documents. Initially they will be working with a broad theme and gradually narrow their focus to a specific time in history, namely, Japanese Internment Camps during WWII.

The project wraps up with a final production that requires students to convince their peers of the importance of tolerance. They are responsible to determine their message, choose the form by which they will share their message and then share their final work. This project is available in both English and French.

*This project has the potential to be a larger school-wide project.

Included in this project:

  • 2 Videos: Moments in Time and Japanese Internment During WWII

  • 11 Historical Images related to Japanese Internment Camps