For Teachers

The revised Seven Steps to a Powerful Heritage Fair Project is now available to download. Seven Steps is a teacher’s guide to the pedagogy of Heritage Fairs and inquiry- based learning in general. It offers teaching suggestions and resources to help students work though each step of an inquiry project like Heritage Fairs—from choosing and refining a topic of personal and historical significance, digging deeply and critically into that topic, connecting their findings with broader themes, all the way to creatively sharing their conclusions in a public forum.

Seven Steps is also on the Enriching Heritage Fairs page, our joint project with the Critical Thinking Consortium. Along with other teaching resources, on that page you will also find descriptions of three professional development workshops that the BCHFS and Critical Thinking Collective are offering and a form for booking a workshop.

Throughout the year we will continue to add blog posts on topics related to doing history.

Other Useful Documents:

  • Heritage Fairs and the BC Curriculum  explains how Heritage Fairs contribute to the development of students’ historical thinking and supports the provincial curriculum. Even if you already see the connections, this may be helpful to convince a colleague or administrator. The Ministry’s revision to the social studies curriculum, currently in draft form, has an even closer fit with Heritage Fairs and when it is approved, we will update this document.
  • Heritage Fair Rubric (English) (English) and Grille d’évaluation projet du patrimoine (français).

Other Resources:

If you want to learn more about the Fairs program and how to have your students attend a Regional Fair, the best resource is the coordinator closest to you. See Regional coordinators. The BC Heritage Fairs Manual 2015 explains how to organize a successful school and Regional Fair and gives guidelines for selecting students for the Provincial. If your students have already taken part in a Regional or Provincial Fair, you may want to encourage them to join the Alumni program.

Canada’s National History is an important source of a wide variety of material in French and English and the sponsor of the popular Young Citizens program for making videos of the Heritage Fairs projects.

If you wish to explore historical thinking, an important site is The Historical Thinking Project although it is now only archived. The Project is designed to foster a new approach to history education — with the potential to shift how teachers teach and how students learn, in line with recent international research on history learning. These concepts form the basis for the draft social studies curriculum revision.

The Critical Thinking Consortium has a large collection of both print and digital resources to support teachers and students to think deeply about history. A number of these are linked in the Seven Steps guide.

Our partner THEN/HiER is devoted to promoting—and improving—history teaching and learning by bringing together the varied constituencies involved in history education to promote dialogue on research-informed practice (from kindergarten to graduate school).

B.C. Hydro Power Pioneers History, one of our sponsors also has a web site with many useful resources. These include photos, stories based on interviews and newspaper accounts, and a timeline of changes in the history of BC Electric and later BC Hydro from 1860 to 1990. It can be seen here.

You can also find pdf documents of 2012’s Forgotten Wars project: