'Exploring the Newspaper' Activity

The 2019 Canada Remembers Times contains stories ranging from the First World War of 1914-1918 to the War in Afghanistan at the beginning of the 21st century. As a way to introduce readers to the wide variety of stories in the newspaper, the teacher could distribute the papers and ask participants to find one interesting fact on each page and record what war or peace support operation it is from, what happened and why it interested them. Once complete, the teacher could then debrief the class with each youth sharing what they learned, allowing the class to gain a good overview of the content from one another. Alternately, a similar activity could be done where youth find three interesting stories to share—one from the First World War or earlier, one from the Second World War, and one from the Korean War or a more-recent Canadian peace support effort.

Another activity is to do a 'newspaper quest' where students must find the answers to the questions below by exploring the pages of the Canada Remembers Times. Once the students have answered the questions, the teacher could then run through the answers as a group, using it as an opportunity to explore the existing student knowledge.

‘Newspaper Quest’ Questions and Answers

Page 1

  1. Approximately how many Canadians served during the Italian Campaign?

    93,000
  2. On what date was Daniel J. MacDonald badly wounded?

    December 21, 1944
  3. Approximately how many Canadian Armed Forces members served in East Timor?

    More than 600
  4. What is the name of the Mi’kmaq soldier who earned the Military Medal three times during the First World War?

    Frank Jérome
  5. What distinctions did Flight Lieutenant Ernie Glover earn in Korea?

    The American and the Commonwealth Distinguished Flying Cross

Page 2

  1. Where was Eugène Fiset, regimental surgeon for the Royal Canadian Regiment, born?

    Rimouski, Quebec
  2. What is the name of the major port in Belgium liberated by the Allies in early September 1944?

    Antwerp
  3. What does “NATO” stand for and when was this military alliance established?

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization; April 4, 1949
  4. In what year did Canadian Armed Forces military operations in Afghanistan end?

    2014
  5. What is the name of the ongoing Canadian peacekeeping mission in Cyprus?

    Operation Snowgoose

Page 3

  1. Who was known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”?

    Elsie MacGill
  2. What province was Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski from?

    Manitoba
  3. When did Major David Currie lead an attack in the Falaise Gap?

    August 18, 1944
  4. How many Canadians served during the First World War?

    More than 650,000
  5. Where is HMCS Haida now on display?

    The HMCS Haida National Historic Site in Hamilton, Ontario

Page 4

  1. Where did Chris Hadfield earn a degree in mechanical engineering?

    The Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario
  2. When was Lincoln Alexander born?

    January 21, 1922
  3. How many Jewish Canadians served during the Second World War?

    More than 17,000
  4. What is the name of the frigate that Josée Kurtz took command of in 2009?

    HMCS Halifax
  5. What is the name of the competition inspired by Prince Harry to help sick and wounded service members?

    Invictus Games
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