This activity meets the curriculum standards for Ontario, grade 10 CHC2D (Canadian History from the 20th century).
Ontario Curriculum expectations that it meets:
A1.2, A1.4, A1.6, B1.4, B2
Can be applied to other Canadian history programs and World War 1 expectations.
This lesson sets up a crime scene scenario for the Halifax Explosion. Students are to listen to a podcast from Stuff You Missed in History Class (free and available on the web and linked in the document both as a hyperlink and as a url). As students listen, they complete the activity sheet and make a decision as to who should be blamed for the explosion.
The podcast is approximately 30 minutes in length and when allowing for pausing and writing, lesson would take approximately 45 minutes. I've used this activity in my classroom numerous times with success.
Url to podcast this goes along with: http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-halifax-explosion.htm