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Surrey's Home Front Edukit - Grades 9-11

WWI Surrey soldiers

Please note due to the Surrey Museum closure for expansion, this program is currently mobile. Surrey Museum education staff will come to your classroom and deliver the program as a kit.

Program Description

Students roll up their sleeves to assess, interpret and analyze archival documents and hands-on artifacts related to seven people of varied genders, ages, and ethnic backgrounds who lived in Surrey during World War One. The Chinese head tax, Komagata Maru incident and German internment are just a few of the challenging social and political issues during this time period that this teaching kit covers. View the Teachers Notes.

Grade Level: Grades 9 to 11
Cost: $50/ three week loan

Dates and Times

October 3, 2017 to December 21, 2017
January 9, 2018 to June 22, 2018

Curriculum Context

  • Why immigrants came to BC and Canada;
  • Challenges immigrants faced and their contributions;
  • International conflict: World War One, Russo-Japanese war;
  • Discriminatory policies: Head Tax, Komagata Maru, German-Canadian internment, Asiatic Exclusion League;
  • Societal attitudes towards ethnic minorities;
  • Development of modern nation-states: Meji Restoration;
  • Nationalism: Canadian Pacific Railway;

Curriculum Competencies

  • Draw conclusions about a topic;
  • Assess and defend a variety of positions on a problem, issue, or a topic;
  • Evaluate and organize collected data;
  • Communicate findings and decisions;
  • Conduct research using a variety of primary sources;
  • Examine primary sources and explain what the sources say about the worldview of the author;
  • Make reasoned ethical judgements about actions in the past.

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