Comment on The Liberation of Europe & Canada – DOL by mrmorris

Nicole,
A well developed response that outlines Canada’s growing perception as a liberator and peacekeeper globally. Many people attribute Canada’s popularity amongst European powers to their liberation of Europe, which in turn extends to the hospitality that Canadians often receive when travelling abroad. I really appreciate the details here about the consequences to the Netherlands as a whole. My grandfather was caught in the turmoil during this time and has some difficult stories about forging for food after the Nazi occupation. Keep inquiring deeply about the past.

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Comment on Independent Invesigation by mrmorris

Rowan,
An interesting look at the tactics used on both sides of the War of 1812. You mention that a study of these tactics helps to elucidate the battle as a whole — how did these tactics helps to form Canadian identity, or lead to improvements in Canadian conflicts in the future (cause and consequence), what has stayed the same in Canadian tactics since the War of 1812 and what has changed (continuity and change), and what solid primary and secondary source evidence can you provide to answer these questions? Focus on delving deep into your research, using Wikipedia as a starting point.

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Comment on Independent Investigation 2 by mrmorris

Jayden,
A concise and well researched independent investigation! I agree that the War of 1812 helped to pave the way for the desire amongst Canadians for a unified national identity (which may be why we are looking at confederation as a class directly after this). You make some very clear connections here, showing an ability to consider continuity and change not just between 1812 and 1867, but but also with topical events in the news today. Keep up the deep research and question asking — an excellent final independent investigation of the year.

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Comment on The Battle of Baltimore by mrmorris

Albert,
Wow! A very thorough and comprehensive discussion of how several significant battles helped to turn the tide in the War of 1812. Your clarity and use of maps is professional and shows a deep understanding of your research. May I use this video as an example in the future? Thank you for making connections to historical perspectives in discussion how this battle helped shape the American National Anthem — bravo!

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Comment on The War of 1812: A Sailor’s Reprisal by mrmorris

Dylan,
An engaging narrative tale of what life might have been like for those aboard English naval ships. I really admire the hard work you put into this piece: from the concision of your language, to the synthesis of your research. I think you very successfully answered your independent investigation question by ‘showing,’ rather than ‘telling.’ Keep pushing yourself to take risks with your creative writing — well done!

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