Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Views on the 1991 Gulf War
Brainstorm with students on Canada's involvement in 20th century conflicts: the First and Second World Wars, Korea, and Afghanistan. Ask: Why did Canada choose to be involved in these conflicts? Do you think Canada was justified in going to war? List student responses and keep for later discussion.
Outline the Opportunity
Direct students to the topic The 1991 Gulf War on the Digital Archives website. Have students review the site, listing the government's reasons for supporting the war and the protesters' reasons for opposing the war. In small groups, have students discuss whether they would support or oppose the war today and how they would show that support or opposition. Each group will create a poster (older students may choose to make a video), using materials of their choice, that expresses their support or opposition to the war.
Revisit and Reflect
Have students review one another's work and review the list created during the Before Exploring discussion. Ask: When is it appropriate to participate in war?
Students can research Canada's response to involvement in the Second Gulf War, 2003. In their journals, students express their views on Canada's response to this conflict.