Teaching Aids for Canadian Jewish research topics
Introducing Archives into the Classroom - Presentations
Using Archives - An Introduction
- This PDF document (approx.
3000K) is geared to secondary school students and is designed
to introduce the notion of research using primary
documents. It draws on materials from the CJCCC National
Archives but can be used to stimulate interest in North American
Jewish history in general. It is also available (by request) as
a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 8770 K.
For more detailed views of the documents in this presentation,
classroom notes (PDF document, 2000K).
Aberdeen School Strike Graphic Novels -
Little fists for social justice! In 1913, over two hundred
Jewish children attending Aberdeen School on St. Denis street, part
of the Protestant School Board, went on strike in protest against
an anti-Semitic remark made by a teacher. Introduce your
classroom to this remarkable event in history through, "Kids on Strike - At
Montreal's Aberdeen School, 1913", a beautiful graphic
novel, written by historians Rod MacLeod and Mary Anne Poutanen
with drawings by Derek Broad. Also available in French.
Brief History of Antisemitism in Canada -
The reference tool "A brief history of Antisemitism in
Canada" provides teachers with an opportunity to learn
about historical antisemitism in order to understand its various
manifestations in Canada during the Holocaust (1933-1945). A
particular emphasis is placed on the Quebec context - including a
brief history of the Quebec Jewish community - while examining how
antisemitism influenced Canadian governmental policy, media, public
discourse, and action regarding the situation of Jews in Europe and
Introducing Archives into the Classroom Series -
Primary Sources in the
Classroom (PDF, 312KB) - A brief introduction for
educators on the benefits of using archival material in the
classroom. Accompanied by a reference list of websites with
sample lesson plans as well as archives and museums with digital
(PDF, 1.64MB) - Lesson Plan. Chart the history of
immigration to Jewish Montreal with your students. Emphasizes
group and class discussion on themes of immigration as a whole.
Picture Postcards from the
Past (PDF, 1.12MB) - Lesson Plan. Encourage
your students to explore historical perspective. This lesson
plan works well with the Immigration Timeline lesson plan
and is complete with digitized archival images for your students'
Trees (PDF, 184KB) - Activity
Plan. A basic introduction to family history and
the idea of community for young children.
Telephone Archive Game
(PDF, 184KB) - Activity Plan. An activity to accompany the
introduction of primary sources as well as concepts such as
reliability and authenticity.
Just the Facts -
A Primary Source Debate (PDF, 196KB) - Activity
Plan. Emphasizes group and class discussion to encourage
students to identify primary sources as well as their
17 letters "For the last time and forever" -
Correspondence during the Holocaust leads to an
analysis of historical documents from the Montreal
Holocaust Memorial Centre's collection that enable
students to enhance their historical thinking in being able to
distinguish a complex story from tangible evidence.
Educational activities about the Holocaust for grade 6
Hana's Suitcase provides Grade 6
students with opportunities to discover the history of Hana Brady,
a girl from Czechoslovakia who was a victim of the Nazis.
Following the footsteps of a young educator looking for information
about Hana Brady, students gradually discover some similarities
between the young girl and themselves. The project initiates
students in studying key facts about the Holocaust from the
perspective of the persecution of the Jews and the impact on the
lives of the Brady family; it also encourages students to reflect
on the consequences of discrimination in the past and in
The Heart from Auschwitz draws
attention to an object from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre,
a symbol of spiritual resistance created by a group of Jewish
female prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp. Risking their lives
despite the prohibitions imposed by the Nazis, these women
succeeded in creating a birthday card for one of their friends.
This reflective artistic project enables students to draw on a
positive element in their study of the Holocaust.
Educational activities for Secondary School students
Draw-me the story... of Jews in the Netherlands
during the Holocaust (Secondary 2, History and
Citizenship course). Using historical documents as a departure
point for inquiry and analysis, students learn about the impact of
antisemitism and anti-Jewish measures on the lives of three
Montreal Holocaust survivors of Dutch origin. Students then create
a graphic novel based on the historical experiences of Jews in the
Netherlands during the Holocaust.
Exploring the Evidence: Holocaust, Cambodian
Genocide and Canadian Intervention (Secondary 5
students, Contemporary World course). Students learn about the
history of the Holocaust and the Cambodian genocide and use
Stanton's 8 stages of genocide to contextualize a comparative
analysis, highlighting the differences and similarities of the two
events. Additionally, students also learn about the numerous ways
that Canadian citizens intervened and responded to these two
events. A central component of this educational tool is to provide
students with opportunities to reflect on issues of intervention
and the protection of human rights. (Download the PDF for Teacher's Guide, Students Materials, and Appendices or call 514-345-2605 to make a
reseravtion of the printed materials).
History of the Holocaust - A Reference Tool
This reference tool (PDF, 31 pages), includes a
history of the events of eth Holocaust, a chronology, artefacts
from the MHMC collection and a glossary.
The Night of Broken Glass Kristallnacht - Listening guide to
This listening guide to the film created by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial
Centre enables students to reflect on the events of November 9-10,
1938 by listening to the testimonies of people who experienced
these events in Germany and Austria.
of terms relating to
Jewish holidays and ceremonial
art/ Glossaire des termes relatifs aux fêtes juives et œuvres d'art
illustrated glossary of terms includes many of
the Jewish themes mentioned on this website, especially in
connection with the artifacts collection. (PDF document, 830K). The
glossary ia also available in a
bilingual (English French) version (925K).