What have you been learning this whole term?
World War huh, World War What? If this is what your thinking then welcome because everyone has been there. Today, in this post I will be talking about this term and the topic we have been focusing on. As you can see from the multiple hints I have given, we are talking about World War One.
For this topic, we have done plenty of enriching assignments and projects. Some of the projects and assignments will be highlighted in this post!
For every topic, we touch on in PLP the teachers try to give us some sort of driving question, for this topic it was… ‘How did World War One impact Canada’s identity?‘.
The Warm Up
To warm us up for this topic we did a few assignments and some research. Here are some examples of that:
This video is by Indy Neidel, are numero uno historian. This video explains how WWI began and worked. This was a fantastic video to start off with because it was interesting and full of juicy facts!
Another assignment that we did, in the beginning, was a map of Europe pre-WWI. This was super fun because it was kind of a pop quiz and needless to say, quite difficult. This also helped us visualize the crazy affect WWI had on Europe.
Last but certainly not least we looked at nationalism and the affects it had on WWI. Nationalism is a patriotic feeling and in this case a feeling of superiority over another country. Nationalism played a huge part in starting the chain of events that lead to WWI.
Choose a book, any book!
Before spring break we were asked to do the hardest thing ever… Do homework during holidays! Thankfully this wasn’t any normal homework, we needed to read a book. Now, this couldn’t be any book, it needed to be about WWI. I chose a tearjerker, War Horse. This book was written by Michael Morpurgo and was short and sad. It told the tale of a war horse and his love at first sight Albert being pulled apart.
After reading this book we had to create a creative visual explaining apart of the book. I chose to represent plot twists through music and pictures.
I found this mini project super fun and interesting because we got to portray a part of the book in a none cliche way like a boring paragraph.
During this term, we went to the Canadian capital, Ottawa. This trip was super cool and absolutely emersed us in WWI and Vimy Ridge. I could not have asked for a cooler trip! If you would like to see what I learned hit this LINK!
For this term we had many awesome projects and assignments, but hands down my favourite was easily our World War One Comic Book. This comic book was super interesting because we were given a particular part of World War One to display in it. I chose Minorities in the War! This topic was extremely interesting because it was something I knew very little about. This topic was also very compelling because of the bravery and passion these people fought with.
Next, I will show you the steps/process of creating my comic!
First I did a ton of research…
Research is a huge part of beginning a project. You can never be too ready!
Then I started the comic…
Starting the comic was surprisingly the biggest challenge of the unit because of all the glitches in Comic Life. I had to restart my comic book a few too many times because of crashes.
Thirdly we gave feedback to each other’s comic…
Giving critic is a huge part of PLP. This step to me is always the most useful if you take it seriously. Every mistake is another step closer to success.
Time to put that feedback to use…
Feedback is utterly pointless if you do not apply it to your project. This is why I carefully looked at my feedback and started to apply. This step was nice because now I could feel really proud of my work.
After that process I came out with a finished product. This exact process is what we generally use in each project.
Now that we had a finished product we need to show it off. So we went to are local elementary school (Cove Cliff) to show off the goods. This part of the project was super fun because we got to reflect on what we learned and meet up with old friends from elementary school! For this part of the project, we had to talk to multiple groups of kids and try to keep their attention and hopefully teach them something about WWI.
I had many awesome groups that were super attentive but on the other hand, there were many kids that did not want to listen. To entertain those kids I tried to find fun facts about the project to make them laugh or interested. For each and every group I followed the same script. First, I would talk about WWI and my topic, then about my comic, and then to finish it off I talked to them about school and life.
Answering the driving question
‘How did World War One impact Canada’s identity?‘. This question was very eye opening to how historic events shape a country so drastically. A couple of ways Canada was impacted by World War One was:
– The victory of Vimy Ridge gave Canada the recognition they deserved
– Helped them become a more independent country
– Canada was divided before the war, afterwards they were a strong proud nation
– Canada lost 59,544 men and women during the war
Wrap it up!
Overall during this term I have learned more than I could ever ask for all the while having fun! I learned about WWI and how it effected the world, and how to create better pieces of work. Ultimately I enjoyed this unit emensly and can’t wait for the next!