The Teacher’s Aid: Educational Resources from around the web (Nov/Dec) by Matt Symes and Willow MacSorley

Google provides a sea of information. The bimonthly installment of Educational Resources brings together the very best of the web to create a manageable drinking fountain of resources for (War and Society) History Teachers (in Canada) to consult.

Primary Documents: Democracy at War

The Canadian War Museum hosts the collection kept during the Second World War by the staff of the century-old Hamilton Spectator newspaper. This collection of more than 144,000 newspaper articles, manually clipped, stamped with dates, and arranged by subject, includes news stories and editorials from newspapers, mostly Canadian, documenting every aspect of the war.

Professional Development: There is an impressive list of scholarly articles on the art of teaching history and social studies hosted at

The History Education Network is the first pan-Canadian organization devoted to promoting—and improving—history teaching and learning by bringing together the multiple and varied constituencies involved in history education: academic historians; public historians in museums, archives and historic sites; practicing teachers; researchers based in faculties of education; and curriculum policy makers. Their list of articles is the quickest and most effective way to narrow your search for the latest themes, discussions and debates on the teaching of history and social studies in Canada.

Video: Letters from Overseas a National Film Board presentation

In this short film (15 minutes, from 1943), a letter from a soldier stationed in Britain during World War II is sent home to his parents in Canada. The content of the letter is illustrated with scenes of military life—training, assault courses and recreation, along with combat scenes from the Dieppe and Bruneval raids. It is an excellent primary source to use in the classroom.

Letter from Overseas by ONFB , National Film Board of Canada

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