Building Personal Connection to History

At the end of last school year, one of our grade 5 humanities teachers, Tanya Stogre, engaged her students in a lengthy study of Canadian history designed to nurture personal connection with figures from our countries past.

Over the course of a few months, students selected and researched a figure from Canadian history who they personally identified with based on their characteristics, struggles, accomplishments, and life story.
Students demonstrated their connection with this historical figure in a number of ways including the recreation of diary entries, museum installations and a podcast interview with the historical figure. As a summarizing representation of their findings these grade 5 students each created a unique identity puzzle piece which shared the connections they felt was a historical figure.
To house all of this work, each student was given the opportunity to create their own personal webpage about their figure, which was then assembled into a class website sharing the stories of these 50 figures from Canadian history.
This video tells the story of the project from the teacher’s perspective.
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