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Two lesson plans and an idea bank structured around using primary sources have been developed for Images Canada. The lesson plans include detailed guidelines for educators, including learning outcomes/expectations/objectives, suggested criteria for assessment, instructions for classroom use, and worksheets.

It is important that students learn about primary sources at an early age and use them in appropriate ways. Primary sources give students the opportunity to extract and interpret information, exercising higher thinking skills in the process. Images Canada gives students an opportunity to use primary sources and learn their first Web research skills at the same time.

An Early Canadian Photo Album (Ages 13-15)
In this project, students search the Images Canada database for images depicting life in Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They use the information gleaned from these images to create a photo album.

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An Early Canadian Photo Album

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Student Handout

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Assessment Criteria

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Using Pictures to Read the Past (Ages 13-15)
In this project, students use the Images Canada website to understand aspects of life in Canada in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. They use the information they find to make a thematic poster.

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Using Pictures to Read the Past

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Student Handout

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Activities and Writing Ideas
This bank of ideas for using the Images Canada website in your classroom includes activities and writing projects that can be adapted to suit a variety of age groups.

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Activities and Writing Ideas

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