APRIL 6, 2017 – To mark the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Historica Canada has produced a series of videos that leverage primary sources from the First World War to enhance digital literacy and combat the epidemic of “fake news.” Think Like a Historian: The Battle of Vimy Ridge series examines photographs, newspapers, and soldiers’ letters, presenting a framework to assess whether a source is legitimate.
The educational series poses questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago: Can a doctored photograph reveal something of the truth? Can a censored newspaper article be trusted? Can one person’s perspective present an accurate picture of an entire event?
For students growing up in a society with instant access to information, the ability to read and assess the accuracy of content is an important skill to develop. This video series encourages students to engage in primary source analysis, and question both historical and contemporary sources.
Think Like a Historian: The Battle of Vimy Ridge series is both free and bilingual.
About Historica Canada and Think Like a Historian:
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.
The Think Like a Historian: The Battle of Vimy Ridge series complements Canadian middle-school and high-school curricula. The videos and classroom worksheets offer students the opportunity to think like a historian by investigating primary sources. The series was produced with the generous support of the Government of Canada.
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