CSI comes to Middle School

Grade 6 students became detectives in Social Studies class on November 22 in a CSI workshop (Cultural Scene Investigation) presented by Barry Hillman and Bonita Hunter-Eastwood, from the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia.

Students enhanced their visual literacy skills by learning how to analyse a photograph. They discovered how history researchers and crime investigators both use a similar approach to solving mysteries.

In small groups, Grade 6 students used white gloves to carefully examine photographs, looking for clues. Many types of clues became apparent when students used their critical thinking skills and asked questions like these:
  • Where and when was the photograph taken? What season/year?
  • What was the event?
  • What are the emotions of the subjects?
  • What is the relationship of the subjects to one another?
After studying the photographs, students eagerly shared their findings. They were impressive detectives, observing many different aspects of a photograph. Well done, Grade 6!
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St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.