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Remixing Canadian History

Grade: 7
Subject Areas: Humanities, History

One of our teachers, Neil Stephenson, is offering a session at the upcoming Alberta Social Studies Conference, October 16-18, on a year-long Humanities project called the Cigar Box Project.

Empowered with 21st century tools, Neil’s Grade 7 students reinterpreted events from five periods that have shaped Canada’s current historical landscape. Over the course of the year, students collected and analyzed historical images and artifacts, and then used graphic design principles to digitally assemble new cigar panels, each one revealing a unique, visual perspective of an historical event or time from Canada’s past. At the end of the year, students physically built their wooden Cigar Boxes, creating their own historical artifact that pulled together the story of our country. Along the way, students encountered a variety of assessment practices, created mini-documentaries about their artifacts and met a number of experts who supported their historical learning.

You can read more about the Cigar Box Project at the Galileo site about the project, or on Neil's personal blog, Thinking In Mind.

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