In this lesson, students will examine the service records of young William Wood of St. Marys Ontario, to determine what they can know and infer about his experience in the war. They will then examine a narrative that a family member wrote about William’s war experience and use it to consider how historians create narratives from historical evidence.
World War 1
First World War
Social Studies curricular competencies:
• Assess the justification for competing historical accounts after
investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy
of evidence (evidence)
Assess how prevailing conditions and the actions of individuals or groups
affect events, decisions, or developments (cause and consequence)
Social Studies 9 content: local, regional, and global conflicts
(Draft) 20th Century World History 11 content: global conflicts, including World War I, World War II, and the
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