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The Chinese Canadian Stories Project aims to make widely accessible learning materials created by teachers for teachers, along with a range of digital resources that use the latest technology and that capture the energy, passion, and curiosity of students of all ages. Classroom learning materials include short videos, whiteboard tools, teachers’ guides, and immersive online adventures that help students re-imagine the past.

We are proud at Chinese Canadian Stories to have partnered with The Critical Thinking Consortium, a nation-wide non-profit network of teachers who have helped us produce learning resources that reflect their years of experience in classrooms and in working with fellow teachers. Along with other educators at the Teaching and Learning Centre at SFU and creative young media designers at Catstatic Interactive and the Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus, we are using the latest digital technology to create learning resources that capture the imagination of students and create powerful new tools for teachers.

To learn more about our learning resources, visit this link.

For direct access to our learning resources, visit the Chinese Canadian special collections on The Critical Consortium (TC2) website.

Direct links to each resource:

  • “History Docs” course material sets on Chinese Canadian History/ Immigration co-produced by Chinese Canadian Stories and The Critical Thinking Consortium.  Each one contains downloadable source documents plus student questions and teacher notes.
  • “Take 2” instructional videos (Evidence & Interpretation, Historical Perspective, Continuity and Change) co-produced by Chinese Canadian Stories and The Critical Thinking Consortium: Click on the Chinese Canadians tab to access the videos.
  • Pages from the Past is an online learning module designed by teachers for use in the classroom. Students using an interactive scrapbook/photo album are transported into the past and asked to help their relatives make important life-changing decisions. By using primary documents to learn about the values of these characters as well as the historical context of the times, the student is challenged to put themselves into history and the difficult choices that faced people in the past. Each of the learning modules has been designed by teachers for exploring specific moments in the social studies curriculum. Four characters based upon real-life people and supported by thorough historical research are available to students. Two characters help students explore the period leading up to World War I, and two characters explore the period during and after World War II.
  • Gold Mountain Quest game which can be played online or downloaded to PC or Mac computers: Gold Mountain Quest aims to engage young players, typically from grades 5 to 7, by bringing them into direct contact with previously untold Chinese Canadian stories. Based on meticulous research, characters and items in the game are drawn from historical people and artifacts. The video game enables players to experience life as a Chinese Canadian youth in 1910, and explore historically accurate culture in the fictional town of Gold Mountain.
  • Interactive Whiteboard application on “Investigating Historical Documents”  co-produced by Chinese Canadian Stories and The Critical Thinking Consortium.  (Requires SMART Notebook collaborative learning software)

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