Activation: Can you break this code?
Exploration: What are we afraid of?
Discussion: Was a "Secret War" necessary to our success in the Second World War?
1 class period (75 minutes)
- Any props that might make for a good “disguise” for a spy.
- Secret War Resources
- Secret War Worksheet
Print and Prepare “Learning Centres” for this lesson. These can be found in the Secret War Resources PDF.
Arrange tables in your classroom into 6 groups (4 or 5 desks at each group).
Notes For Educators
You can adjust the number of Learning Centres accordingly by selecting relevant content for your students. Knowing your learners will determine whether you run 4 or 6 centres.
You can expand each centre to include further research by students into the topics presented. I find that students are readily curious in this lesson.
Role-playing, props, or “spy clothes” are welcome additions to this lesson.
Uncommon Courage (online book from Veteran’s Affairs Canada)
Private SNAFU - Cartoon Propaganda (including racist portrayals) Video (3:45)
“X-Company” is a modern day Canadian series about the historical events of Canadian spies and spy training at Camp X in the Second World War
Camp X - official site
Secret War content from BBC Schools
The Enigma Machine - Information and Video Clips
Unbreakable Canadian Codes in WWII - Cree Code-talkers
Photo Credit: CBC Archives
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