Education Workshops at the Archives of Ontario

Somebody Told Me: Inquiry into evidence, Grades 7-8

Children reading on the school steps, Holland Marsh

Primary sources allow historians to learn about the past and make a claim for how things may have been. In this interactive workshop, students will take on the role of historian and look at primary sources that can separate fact from fiction in making a historical claim. In a hands-on activity, students will collect, analyse, and evaluate evidence that proves or disproves something ‘somebody told them’ about the past. Appropriate and accessible to all learners, this workshop can use general archival sources or archival sources related to War of 1812. Students will end their workshop with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives of Ontario that includes the Reading Room, Preservation Lab, and archival vaults.

Curriculum Connections

This workshop aligns with the

Students will be involved with different components of the Inquiry Process by:

  • Formulating questions
  • Gathering and organizing information, evidence, and/or data
  • Interpreting and analysing information, evidence, and/or data
  • Evaluating information, evidence, and/or data and drawing conclusions
  • Communicating findings

Travelling Modifications

In a travelling format, with a 60-75 minute time frame, this workshop will consist of a PowerPoint introduction to the Archives of Ontario and an activity asking students to use primary sources as evidence for predetermined questions.

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