This project on the George Massey Tunnel has most of the main features of a successful Heritage Fair project: the research focusses on a key question and the display features sub-headings, a maquette, visual evidence, and a reflection. The student supports her conclusion with photographs and a graph of population growth. The interview with George […]
This exhibit by a Kelowna student focusses on both evidence and historical perspective taking. The student’s father worked in construction and on a job site uncovered the lost journal of a Canadian fighter pilot in World War One. His daughter used this as a major source of evidence to explore the lives of the people shown in photographs in the journal.
To think critically about a topic we need to make a judgement based on rational criteria. This is what this student does as well as give us a sense of the period with her reproductions of William Hind’s Overlanders sketches, maps and photos.
This student began her project asking questions about underage soldiers like her great-grandfather in World War Two. As she researched, she discovered a connection to the question of child soldiers today and explored that parallels as well as answering her initial inquiry.
For many students, school history is “given”: it is an inevitable series of events with no dead ends, no might-have-beens. “What if?” questions are a way to see that history was not inevitable and explore the complex web of causes and consequences. A good answer to a “what if?” question needs to be plausible (supported by a realistic consideration of factors) and comprehensive (considers all important factors and people involved).
This project is a very ambitious exploration of a question with clear connections to students’ lives today. It is remarkable for the wide range of evidence that she uses including newspaper clippings, statistics, and cartoons. She also uses clear criteria to make her judgement about which change had the most impact.
This project shows both good visual communication and good historical thinking. First, it is colourful with attractive illustrations and creative organization. Secondly, it is clearly focussed on answering the research questions and following a timeline of changes shown below. Thirdly, it uses the primary source images to support the conclusions about the many ways that […]