Lesson Plan: For Teachers: A Call to Arms
Write the word "alliance" on the
board. Ensure that students understand the meaning of the word and ask them to
give examples of alliances to which they belong (for example, a student council
working with school administration), or examples of alliances within their
Pose and discuss the following questions:
How are alliances usually formed?
What actions or practices might be expected of a member of an alliance?
How can alliances be beneficial?
How might alliances lead to conflict?
What level of commitment is expected
when you belong to an alliance?
Tell students that they will learn and formulate an opinion about Canada's level of commitment to the First World War as a result of Great Britain trying to honour the alliance known as the Triple Entente.
Outline the Opportunity
Individually, have students listen
to and view the clip "Canada answers the call" on the topic The
First World War: Canada Remembers on the CBC Digital Archives website.
As they listen, they record facts in point form to show evidence of the level of support, both in theory and in practice, that Canada provided to the war efforts of the First World War. What did Canada do that showed support? What did Canada do that indicated a lack of support?
Write this statement on the board: Canada did indeed "render assistance to the full extent of her power." Students use their notes to offer an opinion about the level of Canada's commitment as a member of an alliance during the First World War.
Revisit and Reflect
Gather as a class and record the facts on the board. Ask students to share and justify their opinions about Canada's commitment to the Triple Entente. Revisit the questions posed in Before Exploring by applying them to Canada's commitment to Great Britain and its membership within the Triple Entente during the First World War.
Students can write a journal entry in which they reflect about whether or not they would personally "answer the call" under similar circumstances.