Following the closure of the activity, take some time to explain the actual events of the Inquiry trial and how the courts ruled. This is a good opportunity to explore the different reasoning each group had and explain the difficulty but also importance of interpreting primary sources correctly. This time can also be used to look at the relief efforts that sprang up in the area in response to the explosion and the ones that were sent from outside of Canada. Aside from gaining a broader understanding of the Halifax Explosion, the main aims of the lesson such as the importance of primary source and the global interactions that took place before and after the explosion, can be reiterated.
This type of lesson requires a fair amount of research in order to gain a firm understanding of the events. For those students who are not as strong in research abilities a teacher could provide links and resources for the students to look through a few days prior to the lesson in order to give them extra time to digest the material. There are also a fair amount of educational videos that do a good job of explaining the events of the Halifax Explosion and could be used to supplement the research aspect for those students that are more visual learners.
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