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Archival material can be used to support learning in history and in other classes at all levels. The primary sources that the City of Thunder Bay Archives holds cover a wide range of local and national issues.

The sample lesson plans provided here can be used as-is, or you can modify them to suit the particular needs of your classes. We anticipate that more lesson plans on different subjects and for different grade levels will be added in the upcoming years.  

For more information on developing teaching resources you can contact the archives or consider arranging a class visit to our facilites.

Patriotic Fairs Lesson Plans

Patriotic Fairs
In Fort William, as throughout the British Empire, men were sent to fight in World War 1. They left families and friends behind, who often could not fight or directly aid the war effort as civilians. One way that people could aid British soldiers was through charity, but as times were often hard and money short this took some encouragement. One way charities convinced people to aid them was through the promotion and attendance of Patriotic Fairs and celebrations, like the local "Our Day" Fair in Fort William. This lesson plan illustrates the methods of the "Our Day" Fair in Fort William in emotionally connecting locals to the soldiers they might know fighting on their behalf.

Academic Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 4 pages, 45 KB
Applied Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 4 pages, 46 KB
Patriotic Images Handout: Microsoft Word, 4 pages, 2.75 MB
Assessment Checklist, Academic and Applied: Microsoft Word, 1 page, 16 KB
Exit Ticket Questions: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 24 KB  
Presentation Package Images (separate page with large image files)

Enemy Aliens and Racial Prejudice
During the First World War, many people who were citizens of or had immigrated from countries at war with Canada were required to register as Enemy Aliens. Many were sent to internment camps, and those remaining in their towns were often unable to work. Enemy aliens faced discrimination in Fort William, since they were seen as a security risk because of the town's importance in the grain trade. Government support for food, housing, and clothing was limited, and the enemy aliens living in poverty became a concern for charitable groups. This lesson plan invites students to reflect on the issues from a number of perspectives and identify with those facing racial discrimination during a time of war.

Academic Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 4 pages, 47 KB  
Applied Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 4 pages, 48 KB  
Document Analysis Handout - Academic: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 17 KB
Document Analysis Handout - Applied: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 17 KB
Journal or Letter Assessment Checklist: Microsoft Word, 1 page, 16 KB  
Exit Ticket Questions: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 14 KB  
Presentation Package Images (separate page with large image files) 

Children and Play - For Teachers 

Children and Play
Children living in Fort William during the First World War were a lot like children today: they had the same desire to play, compete, and be social. The Playgrounds program provided an opportunity for organized sports and competition as well as learning new skills and games. Playgrounds and recreation helped to offset some of the hardships that children and their families faced because of the war.

Academic Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 5 pages, 48 KB
Applied Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 5 pages, 47 KB
Analyzing Images Handout: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 17 KB
Exit Ticket Questions: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 27 KB
Presentation Package Images - 100 Years of Play Exhibit (separate page with large image files) 

Advertising During the War 

Advertising during the War
New technologies developed in the first few decades of the 20th Century led to many new consumer products, which were heavily advertised to the middle classes and to women. This lesson plan uses samples of historical advertising to inspire students in a market simulation.

Lesson Plan: Microsoft Word, 7 pages, 56 KB
Analyzing Advertisements Handout: Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 17 KB
Market Activity Handout: Microsoft Word, 9 pages, 1.5 MB
Advertisement Assessment Checklist: Microsoft Word, 1 page, 17 KB
Exit Ticket Questions: Microsoft Word, 3 pages, 15 KB
Presentation Package Images (separate page with large image files)