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Canada and the Cold War: The Gouzenko Affair

In this unit of 7 lessons, students will learn, appreciate, and assess the significance of the Gouzenko affair, the first event of the Cold War. Using primary-source documents from the collection of Library and Archives Canada, students will apply methods of historical inquiry to better understand the defection of Igor Gouzenko and subsequent related events. To demonstrate a high level of competence and understanding, students will write research essays for a booklet and if feasible, a website entitled "An Anthology of Student Research Essays: The Gouzenko Affair". Students may present the booklet of this culminating activity to the school library.

 

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Unit Organizer

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Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Cold War and Gouzenko Affair

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Handout 1.1: Working with Primary Documents

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Handout 1.2: Rubric for Lead Newspaper Stories

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Lesson 2 - Why did Gouzenko Defect?

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Lesson 3 - Immediate Reactions to the Gouzenko Defection

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Handout 3.1 - Prime Minister's Office Memorandum

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Handout 3.2: Memorandum Rubric

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Lesson 4 - The Official Response to the Gouzenko Affair

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Handout 4.1 - The Gouzenko Affair and the FLQ Crisis

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Lesson 5 - Reaction to Orders-in-Council P.C. 6444 and P.C. 411

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Handout 5.1: Document Research Organizer

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Handout 5.2 - Oral Presentation Organizer

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Handout 5.3 - Jigsaw Format

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Handout 5.4 - Instructions for the Jigsaw Strategy

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Handout 5.5 - Group Questions to Guide Students' Research

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Handout 5.6 - Peer Evaluation

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Handout 5.7 - Rubric for Document Research Organizer

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Lesson 6 - Testimony before the Royal Commission on Espionage (the Kellock-Taschereau Commission)

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Handout 6.1 - Canadians Summoned to Testify Before the Royal Commission on Espionage

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Lesson 7 - Culminating Activity: An Anthology of Student Research Essays: The Gouzenko Affair

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Handout 7.1 - Rubric for Culminating Activity

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Handout 7.2 - Annotated Bibliography

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Appendix - Gouzenko Statement

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