Vimy Ridge Essay Contest For High School

Please choose one from the following 4 questions:

1- Describe any evidence that supports the idea that Canada became a nation as a result of the successful attack on Vimy Ridge. Do you agree or disagree with that assessment and can you see any potential problems that stem from such an interpretation of Vimy Ridge’s role in Canadian history? Explain.  

2- Some would argue that Canada’s success in the First World War set the stage for a certain national trajectory throughout the latter part of the 20th century. Describe that trajectory and explain how it has been, or may have been, influenced by our country’s experience in the Great War. Then looking forward, show how Canada’s past experiences can be utilized today in order to have a positive impact on the world.  

3- Some scholars feel that the Treaty of Versailles ensured that there would be a Second World War. With what evidence do they make that argument and how valid do you believe their reasoning to be?   

4- Assume that you are a Canadian living your life through the latter part of 1916 and into the first few months of 1917. Choose a role, be it as a soldier or a nurse in Europe, maybe a mother or father at home in a prairie province; perhaps you wish to be the manager of a munitions factory or a member of parliament, or maybe you would prefer a persona other than those mentioned here. Play the role of your choice and write a series of correspondences to a loved one that gives the reader an idea of the impact of war upon your daily life and the joys and challenges that exist within it. (Alternatively: Play your role and, using a medium of your choice, present the joys and challenges that exist within your daily life.)

Good luck!!

About 130 Hamilton high school students are about to embark on a memorable journey.

They’ll join veterans and dignitaries in France on Sunday, for commemorative events marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of Historica Canada, an organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship, notes that 10,000 Canadian soldiers were killed or wounded while capturing Vimy Ridge in April 1917 during the First World War.

He adds that the battle established the Canadian military as an “elite force,” that were tough and could “put up with difficult conditions, fight their way through.”

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Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board students who are taking part in the European experience are in grades 10 through 12 and taking Canadian Studies and World Studies courses.

They represent Glendale, Orchard Park, Sherwood, Sir Allan MacNab, Sir Winston Churchill and Westdale Secondary Schools.

The students will be writing about their experiences, as well as posting photos and video throughout their trip.

In addition to the Vimy commemorations, their itinerary includes Juno Beach, Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House, the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and a visit to Paris to see the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Versailles.

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