Taking a Step Back (Before Choosing a Topic)

Posted February 25, 2021

Refer to the #OurStoriesOurVoices 3-poster collection to start a discussion with students.

  1. What does “community” mean to me? (Download the PDF)
  2. How do I know if a person, place, thing, or event is historically significant to my community? (Download the PDF)
  3. How do I know if a piece of historical evidence is reliable? (Download the PDF)

Share a photo of an #OurStoriesOurVoices poster in your classroom on social media and you could win one of twelve $500 cash prizes for your classroom. Learn more about the #OurStoriesOurVoices Hashtag Contest here.

Next Steps

Designing a Commemorative Coin: Historical Significance in Canadian History

In this lesson students learn to identify and evaluate historical significance by designing a commemorative coin that features a person, place, thing, or event in Canadian history.

Seeking Sources: Creating a Primary Source Database

In this lesson students learn to locate primary sources online to create a class database for future historical inquiry projects.

About #OurStoriesOurVoices

EXTENDED DEADLINE! — Canada’s National History Society is proud to introduce #OurStoriesOurVoices, a new national youth program that gives students aged 9 to 18 the opportunity to explore a story that is important in their community’s past and to share the people, places, events, and things that illuminate our diverse past.

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