Education Workshops at the Archives of Ontario

Tweeting the War of 1812 - Grades 7-10

Graphic represnting Ely Playter and the tweeting of his diary entries

The bicentennial is upon us! To mark this occasion, the Archives of Ontario has embarked on a 21st century project tweeting the diaries of Ely Playter, a local farmer and militia man in the Upper Canada militia during the War of 1812. In this workshop, students will get a chance to learn more about primary sources by going on a tour of the Archives of Ontario, seeing original diaries and letters from 1812, and writing their own ‘tweets from the front.’ During their visit students will get a chance to visit our new exhibit on the War of 1812, "Perceptions of 1812". While this workshop is an extension of the “Tweeting the Past”(Word, PDF) lesson plan, prior knowledge of the @ElyPlayter1812 Twitter feed is not necessary. This workshop is designed for students in grades 7 to 10 and is a valuable opportunity to learn more about the War of 1812 while also developing skills of inquiry and communication.

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

Preparation material

Upon receiving a booking confirmation, teachers will receive an introductory package to prepare students for their visit. This package will include:

  • An “Introduction to the Archives of Ontario” one-sheet for teachers

  • An Archives of Ontario vocabulary word search

  • A poster and brochure of our War of 1812 online exhibit

Travelling Modifications

In a travelling format, with a 45-60 minute time frame, this workshop will begin with an introduction the Archives of Ontario and then follow with an introduction to the Ely Playter collection. Using materials from this collection, students will participate in an activity using primary sources to create secondary source ‘tweets’. In being constrained by length and medium, this activity will lead into a discussion about the process of interpretation with history.

Along with this travelling workshop, our travelling War of 1812 exhibit is also available to loan.

To book an onsite visit, complete a Booking Request Form [PDF] and a member of our team will get back to you to confirm details.