Thursday, May 2, 2019

WWII Test Outline

The following are some helpful links as you prepare for the test.

Test Outline - 2019
Debate Outline - this handout can be used on the test, however it can only contain Debate outline notes - no other notes.  Will be checked by Ms. Sawatsky

Here are some helpful powerpoints

The War Expands - Blitz and Battle of Britain
D-Day & Expert Group Images
Race To Berlin
Pacific War & Atomic Bomb Wrap-Up

Here are some helpful video links to use to prepare:

Dieppe: A massacre
WWII Simplified : Part 2 - start after 2 minutes and ads
Lessons Learned: Firebombing of Tokyo
Juno Beach: Historica Canada

Other Handouts:

Expert Group Images
Dieppe & Enigma Machine
Holocaust Notes

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Causes of WWII & Road To War

This past week we have spent discussing the causes of WWII, as well as Hitler's 'road to war' - the steps he took before invading Poland and triggering the start of the conflict in Europe.

Here are some of the resources that you may want to use to review for your Quiz on Friday.

Road to War Powerpoint - includes Causes and Sawatsky's 'Ingredients for War'.  Here is the fill in the blanks review and assignment that we discussed in class to help us prepare for Canada's reaction to war.   The quiz outline is the last slide in the powerpoint

We also watched a video in class that is a bit silly, but fairly historically accurate as a way of summarising some of the steps in the lead-up to war.   *** That WWII is an incredibly serious discussion, and we will be approaching the content on a serious and respectful note.  Sometimes, you need a bit of a breather though, so this is a lighter approach.

WWII Oversimplified

This is another animated map that is helpful at showing the steps to war.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Human Rights Atrocities - Crimes of War

Today's class was a debrief of the Holocaust and the Japanese occupation of China and Korea.  We did this in preparation for our essay write next class.

Here is the powerpoint from today - download it to get some of the specifics on these key events.  Please drop by and see me on Monday if you are feeling nervous about your essay outline.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

War in the Pacific - Human Rights Issues Continued

We are currently examining some of the human rights issues that arose as part of World War II.  In particular, we have been examining Anti-Semitism, and learning more about the Holocaust. 

Today, we are going to extend our study further to examine some of the human rights issues that arose in the Pacific Theatre of war, in Asia.  Specifically, we will examine Japan's invasion of Manchuria and Korea, as well as how the war in the Pacific affected Japanese Canadians here in Canada. 

Keep in mind, we are building research and knowledge about this specific question - 

Essay Question:  Describe some of the ways in which discrimination and human rights atrocities were evident as part of the lead up and conflict of World War II.


Ensure that last day's webquest is complete.  Begin today's assignment of investigating the war in the Pacific Theatre. 



Review the following website.  Take a few notes on the key events of the Pacific Theatre. Pay attention to WHO WAS FIGHTING, WHY PEOPLE WERE FIGHTING THERE, KEY BATTLES, HOW THINGS ENDED


This is a disturbing event to read about, but an important one.  Skim the beginning of the website and read carefully the last paragraph.  This is the background on the incident called the Rape of Nanjing. 


Review the following information about the Japanese internment camps in Canada.  Take notes on the key details.  Examine BOTH websites

Begin working on your essay outline

Monday, February 25, 2019

Victims of War & Economic Depression

The last few classes we have focused on the impacts of the Great Depression on Canadians and Americans.  We are now broadening our exploration to investigate how economic depression was connected to the rise of discrimination and specifically anti-Semitism around the world, during the lead up to and conflict of World War II.

Essay Question:  Describe some of the ways in which discrimination and human rights atrocities were evident as part of the lead up and conflict of World War II.

In order to answer this question, we are going to do some research on a few different case studies including:
  • Anti-Semitism in Canada and the Holocaust
  • Japanese Internment Camps in Canada and USA
  • Japanese Invasion of China and Korea


For each section, record either the answers, or 2-3 reflections/connections to each Part.

PART 1: Kristallnacht - The Day the Holocaust Began

It's important to recognize that the Holocaust didn't begin with concentration camps, it began with a systematic stripping of rights and freedoms through discriminatory laws.  Many people believe that this event marked the 'beginning of the Holocaust'.  Investigate the pictures and record your thoughts and reflections.

PART 2 - Click on  BBC History's Genocide Page expand the section, and click on 'Interactive Map of 'Auschwitz'  

Go through the different parts of the Interactive map.  Pause and read when something is of interest to you.  Answer the following questions.
  • Question 1 - What were the Einzatsgruppen?
  • Question 2 - Enter into the 'Auschwitz' camp.  What happened in the crematorium? 
  • Question 3 -  What happened in the 'Kanada' room?   
Reflect - Record some of your thoughts about the Holocaust that arose from this website. 

PART 3: History UK Holocaust Page

This a collection of many different stories related to the Holocaust.  Examine the different headlines.  Choose at least one, and read through the article.  Record 3-4 interesting thoughts that you have learned, or connections that you have made.

PART 4 - TIME Magazine - Inside Auschwitz. 

Auschwitz-Birkenau was one of the most brutal concentration camps created by Nazi Germany.  This image collection takes you inside the camp.  As you look through the images, think about the ways in which these camps and policies systematically took away the human rights of its prisoners.
During WWII, Nazi and Japanese doctors/scientists completed horrific experiments on many subjects.  In Germany, these were subjects that had been sent to concentration camps. 
  • Summarize one of the experiments in your notes
  • Question - How do you feel about the fact that some of the scientific knowledge that we have today is based on research completed on unwilling participants during WWII?

PART 6 - Canada and the MS St Louis

Anti-Semitism extended to Canada as well - this was not strictly a 'European issue'.  Summarize the events of the MS St Louis, and the way in which Anti-Semitism manifested itself in Canada.  It is a case study that would be very important if you choose to do the essay on human rights.

EXTRA:  Video Links that may be of interest to you

World War II and the Holocaust

Crash Course History - WWII

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Great Depression: Lessons & Responses

Today's class we wrapped up our study of the Great Depression by examining the political and social responses to the Great Depression.   We examined the different strategies that were attempted by different governments, and also ways that everyday people helped their communities.

Here is the powerpoint from today, as well as the notes sheet to help you follow along.  For Block 7, we were a bit rushed, and so we will cover the end again together to ensure that you have all the correct details.

Next day we will meet in class, and then head to the library to complete a webquest on 'Scapegoats' of the Great Depression & WWII.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Great Depression : Canada's Response

We are just wrapping up our study of Canada during the Great Depression.  Key components of this study have included:

  • Causes of the Great Depression
  • Impacts on the People
  • Responses of the Government (Political Response)
  • Responses of the People (Social Response)
  • Lessons that we can learn - long lasting effects
As you prepare to write your Essay Outline, read through the following websites to help you organize your ideas, and summarize some of the key details we've discussed in class. 

Here is a collection of images of the Great Depression in Canada.  There are some interesting photographs to help you identify what life might have been like for people during this time. 

Interested in knowing more about the Stock Market Crash and Great Depression in the United States?  Here is the Crash Course History Video that gives you alot of background information from an American perspective. 

Interested in the history of health care in Canada?  This is an interesting site that gives an in-depth look at the development of public health care in Canada. It has lots of authentic documents, and an evolution of how Canadians got the incredible health care system that we have today.