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Education - Social studies resources (Secondary)

A guide to materials in the library and on the internet that would be useful to Alberta Social Studies teachers in Junior and Senior High Schools

Supporting resources

General outcome 8.1 From Isolation to Adaptation: Japan 
Through an examination of Japan, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which beliefs, values and knowledge shape worldviews and contribute to a society’s isolation or adaptation.
Black Ships and Samurai: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan - A terrific visual narrative from MIT's Visualizing Cultures website.



Doucette resources - nonfiction and fiction

General Outcome 8.2 Origins of a Western Worldview: Renaissance Europe

Through an examination of Renaissance Europe, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed to shaping the worldview of the Western world.

Lesson example

Digital Textbook Inquiry Tasks for the Renaissance - Dave Scott records his research in creating a digital textbook to use for a grade eight unit on the Renaissance, at Calgary's Connect Charter School.


When searching the catalogue, try some of the following terms: Renaissance, Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, (other specific names of people, places, buildings, art pieces, etc.).  I limited my search to retrieve only items in the Doucette Library.

Fiction set in the Renaissance

General Outcome 8.3 Worldviews in Conflict: The Spanish and the Aztecs

Through an examination of  Spanish and Aztec societies, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how intercultural contact affects the worldviews of societies. 

The Columbus Controversy

The video below, Christopher Columbus: Challenging how History is Writtenshows students discussing their knowledge of Columbus, which might be an interesting exploration before discussing the Aztecs.

Doucette Resources

When searching the library catalogue, try some of the following terms: Aztecs, conquistadores, Cortes, Spanish explorers.

Fictional "first encounters" novel, including science fiction, might provide interesting perspectives.

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