Category Archives: Inquiry Resources
The Interwar Years- 1920’s-1930’s
During the war, the woman’s suffrage movement gained support. The provinces began extending voting rights to women in 1916, and women were finally allowed to vote in federal elections in 1918. Canada was also faced with the return of thousands of soldiers, with few jobs waiting for them at home. They also brought back with them the Spanish Flu, which killed over 50 000 people by 1919, almost the same number that had been killed in the war.
The move from a wartime to a peacetime economy, combined with the unwillingness of returned soldiers to accept pre-war working conditions, led to another crisis.
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During the Great Depression thousands of families left their homes in the ‘dust bowl’ of the Midwest, where they could no longer make a living through agriculture, and headed to California where they hoped to find employment and build a better future. Many of them found that the situation in California was little better than at home and found work hard to come by, although the New Deal work creation schemes offered some opportunities for relieving unemployment. The tale of one migrant family during the Great Depression was immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes of Wrath.( eLibrary, History Study)
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A Flapper’s Life
‘Flappers’ were women who cut their hair short, wore short skirts and make-up, and went out dancing to jazz music. These young women felt themselves to be part of a newly-emancipated generation, rebelling against the Victorian values of their parents and enjoying new social freedoms. They defied the conventions of what had been acceptable behaviour for a woman, smoking cigarettes and driving cars. The image of the ‘flapper’ symbolised these new morals and freedom for women in the 1920s.( eLibrary, History Study )
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“The Great Depression, 1929-1939.” History Study Centre. ProQuest LLC. 2010.
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“Canada in the World Wars and Interwar Years.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia.org, n.d.
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Half Way to Ottawa. Access Learning. 2014. Access Learning. 27 November 2014 <http://www.accesslearning.com/>
Firstly, I’m a teacher-librarian not an English teacher. I don’t pretend to be an expert in either craft. I’m commenting to support the thesis in Kimberly Hill Campbell’s article of Education Leadership ‘Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay’. Years of research indicate the model isn’t a wonderful writing aide. So why are we still fighting it’s implementation in 2014? Our school has mostly moved away from it in favour of other writing devices. As a librarian the outcome and eventual writing or production exercise does influence your course of action.
“The five-paragraph essay format often puts students’ thinking in a box. Ther’s a better way.”(Hill Campbell)
Many of colleagues have embraced a comprehensive inquiry model or PBL which starts with students generating big questions not simply completing a topic outline that fits 5 paragraphs or three boxes. It’s valuable to emphasize organizational skills but in 2014 its finding personal meaning and filtering content within issues that is vital. Writing becomes a form of affirmation. Their writing is driven first by research and then by a deeper level of thinking. Hill Campbell says, “developing an authoritative voice’. She claims the organization actually comes after the purpose of writing is generated- after the inquiry. She discusses the virtues of not establishing predetermined formula of size or shape but let the student’s position statement and evidence dictate the organization and writing needs. I like her assessment. Check her article out.
Hill Campbell, Kimberly. “BEYOND The Five-Paragraph ESSAY.” Educational Leadership 71.7 (2014): 60-65. Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.< http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rch&AN=95379320&site=ehost-live >
Alan Cumming plays Lady Macbeth in a scene from a reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth.”
In honor of the Bard’s 450th birthday this month, and the surplus of Shakespeare in theaters as a result, we’ve revamped our main resource page, Teaching Shakespeare With The New York Times.
Lessons Resource Page> http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/teaching-shakespeare-with-the-new-york-times/
It’s Armistice- Remembrance Day. There are few teachers more humble than I during this Holiday. My uncle and namesake, lies buried in Italy, killed at age 20. My father(1917-1983) was a four year veteran of the Europe campaign. (For another post ) We should also remind ourselves that war has many faces and textures. While we honour memories of Canadians who sacrificed their lives, or their youth, in the cause to suppress tyranny, war is found in our nation’s collective persona in other ways too. It brings out our values, prejudices and political character. History and libraries and archives preserve these records so others may learn from the past. Librarians archive those items that others perceive as old junk or protect what some people wish would simply be forgotten. Isn’t it wonderful that things aren’t just thrown out into the dumpster because they are old? Isn’t it special that someone cares for our collective soul enough to make it a life work to curate our nations past. Sometimes ugly. Sometimes heroic. Libraries and their librarians or archivist serve our needs when our consumerism mania cherishes only the new. Be thankful we had courageous photojournalist scrambling in the mud, next to our soldiers, documenting the unequivocal truth of war.
Support your local and national libraries. Support your local veterans. Support your Red Cross. Learn about the past because it isn’t just a human story, it’s an inoculation against future foolishness- even if only just one- you.
Lest we forget. Nov. 11th.
(ALA) For Memorial Day, a World War I poster from our collection of world war posters: “Knowledge Wins…Public Library Books are Free”. This is one of several posters commissioned by the American Library Association. This particular poster was designed by Daniel Stevens, an American illustrator originally from Philadelphia, who was best known for his depiction of Western Americana scenes. During WWI, ALA created the War Service Committee, which established more than 30 libraries at training facilities and other encampments for soldiers.
Equipment on the Beach at Normandy. The Normandy campaign became a brutal battle of attrition. The Allies tried to push inland. The Germans, holding the high ground, tried to throw them back into the sea. Both sides suffered terrible casualties. Progress was frustratingly slow, and battles often ended in stalemates.(George Metcalf Archival Collection)
Canadian Troops in Campochiaro. Under sniper fire, personnel of the Carleton and York Regiment advance up the steep main street of the mountain village of Campochiaro, Italy, 21 October 1943.
(Library and Archives Canada, )
British Columbia, 1940. Canadians enlisted by the thousands when Canada declared war on Germany on 10 September 1939. The Canadian military grew to over 60,000 members in less than one month and individual regiments had little difficulty recruiting. Virtually each one represented a new family separated by war.(Library and Archives Canada)
“Knowledge Wins–American Library Association Advocacy during World War I.” – Pictures & Conversations. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.
“Remembrance Day Toolkit.” Canadian War Museum – Remembrance Day Toolkit. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. .
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It is SPorts Illustrated magazine swimsuit edition season. The magazine that launches model’s careers and often finds itself in hot water because of stereotyping is in the pot again. Should primitive villagers be in shots with supermodels, half-naked or not? What has a NY fashion model have to do with hunting in the desert anyway? Nothing? What is your thought? Exploitation? Or just silly fun? Read more at Huffingtonpost>
The second controversial shot, featuring Emily DiDonato in an African desert, also include a tribal-looking, half-naked man carrying a spear:
These shots tap into the West’s past obsession/fetishization with so-called savages, jungle comics and the like. Again: In a visit to seven continents, this image is what Sports Illustrated is using to represent the continent of Africa.
David Leonard, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, told Yahoo! Shine he understands why some might find the pictures offensive.
“These photos depict people of color as exotic backdrops,” Leonard said. “Beyond functioning as props, as scenery to authenticate their third world adventures, people of color are imagined as servants, as the loyal helpers, as existing for white western pleasure, amusement, and enjoyment.”(Huffingtonpost)