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Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II

Brewster, Hugh (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2013. 48 pages
First published: 2009
ISBN: 9780545994217 (paperback)
9780545994200 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 940.54
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

conflict, layout, multimodal, setting, structures and features

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Silver Birch Award (Non-Fiction) Nominee – 2010

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The short but infamous battle of Dieppe, France, was a turning point in World War II. It is examined here, in chronological order, with due credit given to the Canadians who played such an important role in this significant, but tragic military operation.

Each two-page spread delves into an aspect of the battle, beginning with the status of the war in the spring of 1942. A plethora of archival photographs, paintings, maps, charts and artifacts brings to life the moments on the battlefield. Military strategies are explained; prominent characters are highlighted.

Sophisticated, descriptive language helps the reader understand the political mood of participating nations, the individuals involved, many of whom sacrificed their lives, as well as the anguish of the ultimate moment of surrender. Quotes from soldiers are used extensively, providing a personal connection to the courageous troops who served there.

Not just a Remembrance Day story, this evocative recounting of a disastrous time in history is also about the confusing, often deadly complexities of war.

  •  Discuss the illustrations and page layout of the book. What techniques are used to convey the information? How does the author make you feel a personal connection to the soldiers who were at Dieppe?
  •  Share your knowledge about the battle of Dieppe or other battles of World War II. Do you have a relative or know anyone who fought in WW II? What stories or films about this war are you familiar with?
  •  Using the information in the book, make a timeline of the attack on Dieppe, highlighting Canada’s role in this decisive battle.
  •  Visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website. Find out more about the Dieppe Raid. Check out the activities for students on the site and choose one for your class to do in memory of war veterans.
  •  Introduce the topic of Canada’s involvement in WWII by reading the images from “March 1942” on page 2. Discuss how this type of introduction affects the reader.
  •  In small groups, discuss the use of images, maps, timelines, captions, etc. Consider how they support or contradict the text and their impact on the reading experience.
  •  Use this text and others about WWII in a production process to create a multimodal presentation about Canada’s war effort. Share your presentation with peers and adults.
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    Share your knowledge about the battle of Dieppe or other battles of World War II. Do you have a relative or know anyone who fought in WW II? What stories or films about this war are you familiar with?

  •  Discuss the illustrations and page layout of the book. What techniques are used to convey the information? How does the author make you feel a personal connection to the soldiers who were at Dieppe? 
  •  Using the information in the book, make a timeline of the attack on Dieppe, highlighting Canada’s role in this decisive battle.
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    Visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website. Find out more about the Dieppe Raid. Check out the activities for students on the site and choose one for your class to do in memory of war veterans.

  •  Prior to reading, and using teacher-selected resources, research news reports about the Dieppe Raid from various countries’ points of view.
  •  Select a featured individual and write a journal entry, from their point of view, on a significant event either before, during or just after Dieppe.
  •  Pretend you are a war veteran. Write a speech you will give to high school students about your experiences and fears, and the lessons you learned.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Social Sciences
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