WWII Battles


As part of the Socials 11 curriculum, students are supposed to be able to assess Canada’s role in WWII.

Part 1: You will work as a class to share the key information from each major battle that Canada/ Canadians participated in during WWII. Groups of 4-5 will be assigned one of the following battles from WWII to research and report on.

Battle of the Atlantic

Hong Kong




Liberation of Netherlands

Part 2: You will form a group of 6 with a representative from each battle (if you’re missing one, you will need to borrow and consult an expert). Discuss your findings and then assess Canada’s role in the WWII battles.

  • define what Canada’s role seems to be (thesis)
  • prove it with reference to the different battles (body)



Steps in creating your project:

Part 1:

1) Research the Causes, Components, and Consequences of the battle and Canada’s participation in the battle.

a) Causes: Background to the battle (What events led up to the battle/goals of the battle? Who planned the attack?)

b) Components: What happened during the battle? Help us visualize the timeline of the battle. Use maps or diagrams.

c) Consequences: What was the outcome and effect of the battle? What was the significance of the battle?

d) What role did Canada or Canadians play in the battle?

2) Primary document analysis. Explain what the document reveals about the battle and the author’s perspective.

  • letter, political cartoon, newspaper article, diary, etc.

3) After you are familiar with the event, check in with other group members researching the battle to share your findings. (done regularly throughout)

4) Hand in your own version of the above with a works cited list. This should be in your own words.

Part 2:

1) You will be put into a group to create your presentation of assessing Canada’s role in the WWII battlefront.

2) Share your information with your new group.

3) Decide how you will present your assessment. (group spoken essay, song/poem, artwork, act, story)

  • define Canada’s role
  • prove it with reference to the battles


WWII – Assess Canada’s Role in WWII


Does not meet Minimally meets Meets Exceeds



Causes, components and consequences are presented as random facts.

Canadian role not explained.

Causes, components and consequences are not fully explained or one of the 3 is not explained.

Canadian role not clear

Causes, components and consequences clearly explained.

Canadian role clearly highlighted.

Causes, components and consequences are explained in detail with careful consideration to the relevance of information.

Details of Canadian role clearly highlighted.

Primary Source


Not presented, or superficial description, does not account for perspective, does not add to the audience’s understanding of the event. Superficial and brief description, perspective mentioned but not explained, little relevance to helping the audience understand the event. Describes the source, perspectives explored, connection to how the source helps the audience understand the event better. Describes and explains the purpose of the source, background to the source explained with a connection to the perspective, explores what the source reveals about the author, explains the effect on those viewing the source, connection to how the source helps the audience understand the event better.



Only one source used


No citations

Less than 5 sources used


Improper citation

At least 5 sources cited according to MLA standards


At least 5 sources cited according to MLA standards with thought given to the credibility of the source.

Media sources cited.

/25 marks


Does not meet Minimally meets Meets Exceeds



Lacks a clear thesis.


Missing reference to more than one battle.

Thesis present but unclear.


Battles explained but not connected to thesis.


Missing reference to one battle.

Thesis is clear and explains how battles align with the thesis.

Thesis is clear and fully explains how and why the battle aligns with the thesis.


Can utilize primary sources to support thesis.






/10 marks

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