Excellence in Teaching + Comic Books = GG Award

Lindsay Hall, of Woodstock, Ontario, is one of seven teachers to be honoured with the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Hall’s award comes from her use of movies, video games and, specifically, comic books, in the the examination of World War II.

In Lindsay Hall’s Grade 10 class, and the mandatory Canadian history course, students are encouraged to explore combat comic books, movies and video games to examine and assess the accuracy of sources.

Students wrap up the five-week unit by creating their own media source — a comic book, a movie script, a video game script — on the Second World War they think would hold the interest of another Grade 10 student.

“It reinforces critical thinking, evaluating sources and these kinds of things that are important beyond the course,” Hall said.