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Features for the Classroom

This website is not intended to replace your department’s text book. It is designed to offer supporting resources that you can modify, if necessary, to accommodate various needs that may exist in your classroom.

The website can be displayed on a projector, used in a computer lab or you can print off individual items as visual or text aids.

For students who:
  • are ESL / FSL (English or French as a second language) or
  • find reading challenging
You can:
  • show them paintings that depict scenes (e.g., hunting buffalo – Rindisbacher); portraits of key people; images of artifacts.
  • let them listen to audio recordings from storytellers like Louis Bird.
  • copy and paste the transcription; rewrite it using simpler language; distribute to class.
For students who:
  • are in middle or senior grades, or
  • read and comprehend at higher levels
You can use the:
  • Other Related Material feature to provide them with more avenues that can be explored for further research.
  • Did You Know? feature for bonus or essay questions.
For a visual aid to understanding the features of this site described below, open another browser window and find the record titled John Tanner: Hostilities with Settlers. As you read each description below, flip to the other window to see its placement on the screen.

Item Image

Each record will have an image(s) on the left side. It will represent a document/ article/ artifact/ artwork/ audio clip or map. To get a better look at the image, click on Zoom In. Another window will appear allowing you to magnify its appearance. You may save or print the image for use in the classroom by right-clicking with your mouse or holding your cursor over the image, where a tool bar will appear with the Save and Print options.

Catalogue Information
Below the item image is catalogue information. This information will allow you or your students to correctly identify and acknowledge sources when using them.

If the image is that of printed words, you will find a passage highlighted. This highlighted passage has been transcribed and appears to the right of your window. If you would like to use the transcript of the document or write-up on the artifact, artwork, audio clip or map, you can copy and paste this text into another document you are creating for your class, e.g. test papers, hand-outs, etc.

Other Related Material
After scrolling down to the end of the text, the first box will direct you to supporting or related links within Fur Trade Stories, e.g., the excerpt from John Tanner has a link to his picture so people can see what he looked like, as well as the people he mentions. After that, links to the Beaver Index and other websites for biographies, maps, etc., will follow.

Did You Know?
Located under Other Related Material, this box contains information that either supports the record it is found with or provides an interesting tangent or perspective.

Search Box
Keywords and their synonyms have been applied to every record; however, not every scenario could be anticipated. If you have difficulty finding a person’s name, try an alternate spelling. If you feel there should be more records about ‘cooking’ (for example) try doing a search for ‘nutrition,’ ‘food,’ or ‘diet.’

It is our intention to include any codes that your province’s education department uses for curriculum outcomes. At this time, we have entered Manitoba’s curriculum codes, so if you are looking for material on Knowledge Outcome 052 – how the fur trade relied on aboriginal peoples, you could enter KE-052.

Another search method you can use is, if you want to quickly see all maps, artwork, artifacts or audio files without browsing the themes provided on the left-hand side, you can enter ‘maps,’ ‘images,’ ‘artifacts,’ or ‘audio’ and you will find all material currently posted in those formats.

The following features are found by clicking on Teaching Tips, the graphic button located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

Connections to Curricula
This page is a work in progress. The framework for this website was based on the new Grade 5 Manitoba Social Studies curriculum, however, because this site is about using primary and secondary sources, it can be applied to any grade level as each teacher sees fit for their individual classes. As we collect and update the history and social studies programs across Canada, we will add their connection to Fur Trade Stories here for easy reference.

Cross-Curricular Lesson Plans
This page is a work in progress. The purpose of this section is to provide lesson plans that maximize class time by teaching two or three subjects simultaneously and/or make the history-relevance connection. Lesson plans have been written from the teaching level of the writer, but most are adaptable to various grades.

The listing provided here is a sample of publications we used to compile Fur Trade Stories, as well as other titles that we came across. It is by no means definitive. If you would like to suggest additional works, you can email your suggestions to the webeditor@historysociety.ca.