Out with the old, and in with the new. The Canadian Museum of Civilization has undergone a radical overhaul of its name and mission. Since 2013, the museum will be known as the Canadian Museum of History. As part of it’s new focus, the museum has dedicated an exhibition to the history of the First World War.
The museum is keen to make note of the remarkable battles in which Canadians fought during the course of the war. However, due to space constraints they are unable to feature all of battles involving Canadians, and so they have decided to highlight a single significant battle in great depth for museum visitors. As one might expect the decision as to which battle to highlight has been contentious. The museum has decided upon a shortlist of battles which they have presented to the history community in order to receive feedback from experts in the field.
In this two-part challenge, students will consider the significance of 4 major battles in which Canadians fought during the First World War. Students will be introduced to the concept of historical significance through the use of a contemporary scenario, practicing the skills they will use in their historical challenge.
In the first part of the challenge, students will be given briefing sheets on three First World War battles: Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, The Somme and Ypres. Using the Blackline Master (BM) provided, students will assess the relative significance of each battle based upon the provided criteria, and make notes for each battle according to the criteria. Finally, as a summative exercise students will argue for the inclusion of one of the battles in the World War I exhibit in the Canadian Museum of History.