HISTORY DEPARTMENT

Welcome to the History Department!

Laurier Macdonald’s History Department prides itself in creating opportunities for students to learn historical content in a variety of ways. Whether it is the use of videos, presentations, community events or field trips, students are constantly learning about the past while looking ahead to the future.

History and Citizenship Education

The LMAC History department’s cohesive unit works together in the creation and planning of events, examinations, review packages, and unit planners in order for students to successfully complete the Secondary 4 History & Citizenship provincial course.

Beginning in Secondary 3, students are taught how to analyze and interpret documents in relation to the subject content, in order for them to feel at ease with the different Social Phenomena and Intellectual Operations which they will have to master by the end of the Secondary 4 course.

Student learning continues in Secondary 5 with the Contemporary World course, where students learn about important historical events, analyze the complex world in which we live in, and develop their critical judgment by studying problems and issues of the contemporary world.

History Projects and Initiatives

Mr. Spinelli's Teaching of the Holocaust

The Social Sciences program helps students grasp the diversities of the world. Problems are analyzed and solutions are proposed in order to help rectify issues. History teacher Ms.Spinelli helps her students raise awareness of several atrocities that have happened in the world such as the Holocaust, the Rwanda Genocide alike the Armenian Genocide. In doing so, students learn and raise awareness by visiting the Holocaust museum in Montreal (As seen in the picture below). Students are sensitized to the genocidal murder of Jews, anti-Semitic acts and hate through artifacts and stories of those few who survived.  In order for students to grasp the idea of genocide, they analyze the modern day holocaust, Rwanda.  We shed light on the African slaughter, where close to one million Africans were murdered and the world looked away. Students are educated on crimes against humanity and future violence and the role of the United Nations. Students are exposed to personal accounts of genocide survivors through guest speakers.

Totem poles and circles of life

Over the past couple of years, History teachers Ms. Bolovis and Ms. Vallelunga have asked their secondary 3 and 4 History & Citizenship students to reflect on their lives thus far and reflect on where they see themselves in the future. Students were then asked to relay their story through the creation of totem poles and circles of life which is the traditional way the Natives express their spirituality. These projects allow students to showcase their creativity and their understanding of the Aboriginals culture and traditions.

Historical Storyboards

Secondary 4 students in Mr. Iammarrone’s class were asked to make a storyboard based on their Chapter 1 notes. The goal of the project was to associate non-historical pictures to the main topics in their notes. By allowing students to choose their own non-historical images, it allowed them to make new creative links with the subject content in order to further their own understanding. Many students associated famous male singers, such as Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), and Justin Timberlake to New France’s first Intendant Jean Talon; this could be due to the fact that in the 17th century, Jean Talon put in place policies that increased New France’s population by ‘attracting’ women (Filles du Roy) and men to immigrate to New France.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

On November 8th, the History department and Spiritual Animator Vince Lacroce organized a Remembrance Day ceremony for Secondary 3 and Secondary 4 Students. Students got the chance to hear stories of war from Canadian soldiers Sargeant Leroux, Corporal Washburn, Lieutenant Anhorn and General Hall. The Veterans allowed students to try on uniforms and take part in a military exercise.  Students also got the chance to hear stories from Holocaust survivors Ernest Ehrman, Ella Ehrman, Elie Dawang, and Margrit Stenge.