Canada Responds to War

Canada and the Great War PPT


  • Perspective/Evidence: To what extend did Canadians support the war (find primary evidence)?
  • Perspective/Evidence: Search for “Canada WWI war propaganda”, what are the posters trying to make you do and how are they supposed to make you feel? Find some and share your favourites.
  • Significance: How did the war affect Canada’s development as a nation?
  • Perspective/Evidence: Find primary evidence that reveals how Canadians felt about conscription? Who supported it and who didn’t?
    • What are the messages in the political cartoons?
    • Was the Khaki Election rigged or just better democracy?
    • Was the government acting in the interests of the public when enacting conscription?


Review Sources:

  • Counterpoints, Chapter 2, pp 32-34, 45-46

The War in Europe


Simple Review:

  • Counterpoints Chapter 2: pg 37-39

In-Depth Review


  1. Find evidence that reveals how happy soldiers were being in the war.
  2. What evidence do soldiers provide that reveals why they are fighting or what they are fighting for?
  3. What seems to be the morale of the soldiers at this point in the war? Provide evidence.
  4. How would you summarize Canada’s role over these major battles? (continuity or change?)





Causes of WWI


Explain the political cartoon – identify who is being symbolized and explain what the real history was.



  • Cause and Consequence: How are the direct causes of the war connected to the contextual causes (MAIN: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism)?
  • Ethical Judgement: Who is responsible for starting WWI? Explain using specific details from history.



Canada at the Turn of the Century (20th Century)


1.In a group, look over the images for your city

2.Pretend that these are old photos in your personal photo album and create a fictional explanation of what was happening (what was life like?)

3.Create a backstory that includes all your group members

4.Present your photos to the class

Winnipeg Vancouver Toronto Quebec City Montreal Calgary



Chapter 1, pages 6-19 as in introduction to the 20th Century (a bit of a review from last year)

Globe and Mail – Life in Canada at the Turn of the 20th Century