Lesson Plan: Heroes of Dieppe
Ask students to form pairs or small
groups to discuss and respond to the following question: What makes someone a
hero during a war?
Record students' answers on the board. Ask students to give examples, either from Canada or other countries, and to name the qualities that these people demonstrated that made them heroes.
Outline the Opportunity
Divide the class into small groups. Each group will research and prepare a report about one of the following Canadians that received the Victoria Cross for their heroic actions during the Dieppe operation:
Lt.-Col. Charles Merritt, Capt. Patrick Porteous, and Rev. John Foote.
Students begin their research by viewing the clip "Soldiers decorated for Dieppe service" on the topic The Contentious Legacy of Dieppe on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have students record their ideas on the download sheet Heroes of Dieppe and present their report using any media they wish, such as an oral presentation, a mock interview, a written report, and so on.
Revisit and Reflect
After students have presented their reports, ask them to give their impressions of the actions of these Canadian military heroes. Ask: What qualities does a hero have to possess in order to perform such actions? Why is it important to honour and commemorate the achievements of these wartime figures?
Students can further explore the CBC Digital Archives website to research and present a report on other Canadians who have received the various military honours mentioned in the clip, including the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the Military Cross, and the Military Medal.