Grades: 7 – 12
90–120 minutes
Archives Field Trip

Availability: Thursday–Friday, year round

Archives 101 is a program designed to help students in grades 7 to 12 develop historical research skills. It is structured to orient students to the resources available in the Archives of North Vancouver and provide them with a ‘behind the scenes’ look at where many of North Vancouver’s rare historic documents are stored. Once comfortable with their introductory knowledge of archival documents, students explore local North Vancouver history topics and analyze original photographs and documents. During their visit, students will learn the difference between primary and secondary sources; they will learn how to assess the reliability of sources, and how to access information in the Archives. Do you want something different? This program can be customized to accommodate projects in Social Studies, Geography, English and Fine Arts.

Your students will:

  • Learn and discuss the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze different types of archival sources on local topics.
  • Get a specialized tour of the Archival Storage Room and learn how archival documents are preserved and maintained.

Big Ideas: Social Studies

  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies (Grade 9).
  • Worldviews lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society (Grade 10).
  • Core Competencies:
    • Ask questions, gather, interpret and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions (grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
    • Assess the significance of people, places, events, or developments at particular times and places (significance) (grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
    • Assess the credibility and justifiability of evidence, data, and interpretations (evidence) (grade 11)
    • Use historical inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions (grade 12)
    • Assess the justification for competing historical accounts after investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence (evidence) (grade 12)