Activity 2: A Letter
from a Grandparent
Duration: 1 lesson
Students will write a letter in role as a survivor of the Halifax
To consider how disasters affect their survivors
History, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Ask: How might living a long time make one a
valuable observer? What stories from the past have you heard from older
people in general, or from your grandparents? Why might some people and
cultures consider the experiences of older generations so important?
Outline the Opportunity
Direct students to the CBC Halifax Explosion
Web site. Students will review the topic as if they themselves had experienced
this powerful and tragic event. Provide students with the download sheet
Letter Organizer for point-form notes, which they will then shape into
a letter that a grandparent might write to future generations about the
Remind students that they are writing their
letters in role as a survivor of the Halifax Explosion. Ask: What events,
memories, and so on would likely stay with you forever? What might you
want to say to future generations?
Revisit and Reflect
Students can share their letters with the class.
Encourage them to discuss and compare the emotions and opinions of their
Students can make a collage of the letters to create a display for Remembrance
Day. Students can exchange letters and write personal responses to the
letter they receive.